Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Defiance, Inkheart, Underworld

We did a double feature on Friday, and attempted another double on Saturday, but I mis-transcribed a showtime, and we had to settle for a single...

"Defiance" is very good. The underlying history is amazing, the cast is very good, and whatever problems the film does have are mainly due to the fact that history seldom provides good dramatic structure.

"Inkheart" is less than I hoped it would be, but still good, and a lot of fun. Brendan Fraser doesn't quite fit his character, and that throws everything a bit out of whack. This is interesting, because the writer has stated that she had Fraser in mind when she created the character. Still, the character is HAUNTED, and Fraser's trademark is an ability to be believably optimistic at the gates of Hell. Still, it's a good cast, and a decent story. And, as I have said before, the remarkable thing about a dancing bear is that it dances at all.

"Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" shares the strengths and weaknesses of its predecessors; it is visually interesting and humorless. Rhona Mitra seems more comfortable doing action scenes than Kate Beckinsale. As with "Underworld: Evolution", the script seems to assume a higher level of familiarity with the mythos than is reasonable, but that is a minor flaw.

February approaches. It is NOT a good sign when I am ALREADY depressed before it gets here...

Uncle Hyena
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