8.06.2012

I don't recall....

Last Friday the film Total Recall opened to TERRIBLE reviews (when I had checked Rottentomatoes it was at 18%, but apparently it has now risen to 31% haha.) Yet somehow, me and my friends still wanted to see it. (Why? I don't really have an answer for that...) But what did we find? Well....that sometimes horrible reviews can be a wonderful gift in destroying absolutely all expectations a person might have. Once our expectations were out the window, we had nothing to do but wait and see how bad the movie got. To my surprise, it never got as bad as the critics would have it seem. As I was watching the movie, I worried that maybe I was just a brainless idiot getting swept up in the action, since I never found myself hating it like I expected to. Once it was over, Courtney asked "so what did you think!?' I hesitated as I wondered if I was alone in my beliefs but still said "....I didn't think it was that bad!!" Luckily, I wasn't and they had come to that conclusion too. Now before we go any further, I must admit I have never seen the original film which no doubt played into people's expectations. Had this been a remake of a film I already had an opinion on and regarded as a solid, well-made sci-fi flick (say Minority Report...which we'll get to later..) I probably would have been saying the movie sucked too. Not to worry, the original will be watched soon(ish.)

And how can one not look forward to this??

So again, that's the thing about expectations....you remove them entirely out of the equation and you can see things a lot differently. I can definitely see how people had higher hopes for what it would be.... Heck some who hadn't seen the original still hoped it would be the next Minority Report and it most certainly wasn't. It was most definitely forgettable and took a lot from other, better films (white ironmen/stormtroopers roaming the streets anyone?) And it definitely had some stuff I could do without (so let me get this straight? 1 naked boob = PG-13 ie Titanic and Across the Universe. 2 = R, but 3 = PG-13? As long as they're odd numbered it's okay I guess? Or maybe it's because they were CGI boobs?) But it was by no means TERRIBLE. It's true it got off to a slow start, but once the story got rolling it was pretty much non-stop action, and it had some pretty nice sequences.

Kate Beckinsale made a decent villain, though I had to chuckle HOW relentless she was at times. And I do think Colin Farrell is a pretty likable guy....they certainly could have done a lot worse. I mean he doesn't have the charisma of Bruce Willis...but at least he wasn't as bland as Matt Damon's Jason Bourne who also had no idea who he was (haha yeah I might get flamed for that...but I really have never seen anything special about him as a hero or his movies.) Even Jessica Biel was okay....ish. She's kinda bland but I thought they had a good rapport and nice chemistry. Random sidenote: It was also weird how eerily similar Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale's faces are....but Beckinsale is far more beautiful (they really downplayed Biel in this...but still.) But anyway yeah.... this movie was no masterpiece and will likely be forgotten really quickly, but I definitely wasn't wanting to kill myself while watching like I did when watching Battleship. Sure it may be an inferior remake, (I can't really say one way or another..) but on its own merits it was an entertaining matinee in August (it's true worth though will be as a redbox movie or possibly a dollar theater night) I think I'd give it a 6/10 and say though that it's enjoyable enough even if its completely forgettable... and it is definitely not deserving of SUCH bad reviews. But like I said, I might have felt differently if I had seen the original and it was beloved to me.


Oh but I'm not finished. You see, after Recall we were all in the mood to watch Minority Report (which oddly enough....was originally intended as a SEQUEL to the original Total Recall) and can I just say "This is how it's done!" What a solid film. It had been quite some time since I'd seen it last. Before and after we watched it we wondered what exactly set it apart from all the bland sci-fi making its way to theaters nowadays. Well for one it has got Steven Spielberg at the helm during one of his golden stretches of filmmaking. It features a really good cast who is all very committed to making the premise and story seem believable (probably Tom Cruise at his most likable too). Interesting though that according to the IMDb trivia, the movie was supposed to be made a few years earlier and would have had a very different supporting cast including Ian McKellen as Burgess and Cate Blanchett as Agatha. Meryl Streep was cast at one point too as the old bag that kisses Tom Cruise (coming soon to the blog, the most repulsive screen kisses ever...) Oh yeah, and how weird is it that Colin Farrell is in both Minority Report and Total Recall?

But back to the film's pro's...It's also clear that a lot of research was done in presenting a future that was actually feasible. But it's greatest strength must be its story and how intricately interwoven everything is. It is most definitely fascinating throughout, and unlike Recall where the plot takes a back seat and we just go along with it even though we don't know what the heck is going on..., in Minority Report it all makes sense. At the same time though there are little mysteries that get unraveled the entire way through....but we are never lost. Never lost and always interested. If only they could make them like that all the time. Maybe if they did though it wouldn't have been such a standout....maybe it's the Total Recalls that make the Minority Reports such masterpieces.

6 comments:

courtney wightman said...

that picture of arnold schwarzenegger! hahaha! i can't wait.

Sarah said...

I second Courtney's comment. That picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger was HILARIOUS! Ha ha!

Joey said...

Not my genre. :) But you are funny always.

miahwashburn said...

Where is the lady with 3 boobs :)

Emily said...

Come to think of it Jeremiah, I probably would have had more views if I had included a picture of her haha!

Sarah said...

Jer-e-miah! Em-i-ly!