Yeah yeah ridiculous pun I know. If you look at Rotten Tomatoes this film ranks a 15% so most people would react they didn’t just not hear it they ignored it.
That’s a shame as anyone watching this film twice would, I think, like me have an almost 180 degree opinion of it.
In the same way that Cloud Atlas blossomed for me over a period of rewatches this film felt much more sure footed and welcoming on the repeat. It is in fact far better than 15% because the first time you watch it it’s almost so audacious with unlikeable characters, a manipulative script and a story where the main character seems superfluous with events happening around him rather than too him.
On second view I realized Duncan Jones the Director was trying to show me a story that was complex, interlinked and human, but the first time you watch you are steeped in some ugly stuff thrown at you and thus angry for watching what are not easy subject matters and it buried the film for me. Without that second attempt and a chance to realize that he dares to make you feel when you watch his film, I think i would have dismissed it like others perhaps unfairly.
If you haven’t seen the film Paul Rudd plays an odious dad who the film makes you want to like and hate at the same time. It’s actually amazing in the performance and writing. His friend is a surgeon who also liked underage girls. That is where this film loses most people. It’s a horrible touchy subject but it is integral to the plot to an extent. In the end Rudd’s daughter is put in horrible danger and it’s this that imperils her, and also the last vision that her dad sees before he passes. It’s truly awful. It makes you react. But it’s also what puts everyone off.
But again it makes you feel something. A lot of films today don’t and i think we all forget what that’s like. It makes you happy that she finds a new father in the hero, content the villains got their just rewards, excited for the future but at a terrible price as it deepsixes the film in depravity and a need to shower after your first viewing because add this with the rest of the visuals and depressing nature of the film it seems that the movie has no hope.
So yes I did revisit the film and I really liked it on round 2. It still has all the same “problems” but now I see the purpose for it. That instantly helped me understand we are meant to not root for the villains…the boring, not flashy hero is meant to win and his journey be that of an Everyman who is special and wins not by being Superman but persistent and with heart and using his brains. He is also much more the master of his own destiny when you watch it again.
Paul Rudd here is brilliant. So yes I wanted his costume but round here currently I’m trying not to buy the farm so I settled on his knife with the all important holster and I’m so happy to have won it. It’s going in a deviant display ASAP
There were a number of knives for sale, a half knife for the impalement scene, a metal hero which I tend to leave as the stunts are used far more widely with the amazing chrome effect that can be achieved on props in last five years and only the two with a leather sheath.
So I’m super happy about today’s buy and look forward to getting it in the mail soon.
Give the film another look if you didn’t like it. If not there’s always the latest cookie cutter blockbuster to watch and turn off your mind too….although I’ll say “Tomb Raider” actually transcends this popcorn fixation of grand scale movies. Go watch that too.
It’s not mute. The film has a voice after all.