Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

The Sunday Cinema Report

We saw "Underworld". There is nothing WRONG with this movie, and quite a few things right with it, and yet it left me cold. Why?

First of all, White Wolf's lawsuit was not based in reality; the only thing this movie had in common with the "World of Darkness" that it didn't have in common with "The Matrix" was the fact that it involved vampires and werewolves. None of the world of darkness specific terms, and few of the concepts, were used.

The guns were stupid. The movie was supposed to be strictly contemporary, and modern handguns are USELESS on full auto. Plus no one ever seemed to hit anything unless the plot required a casualty.

The plot and the characters were pretty good; by the end of the movie, everyone's motives were pretty clear, in spite of a great deal of misdirection along the way. I liked the story, and the more I thought about it, the better I liked it.

The problem is, I should have LOVED this movie, and I didn't. And the more I think about it, the more that confuses me, because I can't see anything about it to NOT love. Except...

The is a joylessness to this film that is hard to define; I suspect, after much thought, the problem is that there is no madnness at the center of the plot. This film is something of an object less in why we need our heroes to smirk and wink through the corridors of hell; when the hero does not joke, the story is just too cold.

So... It turns out that Warriors, left to their own devices, can't sell a story; we need the Trickster elements to make our heroes interesting. Why am I not surprised?

Uncle Hyena
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