30 5 / 2012

I know Snow White & The Huntsman is yet to be released in US, but it already did in Korea. Why did Universal chose to release it early in Korea? Why on wednesday? Beats me.

As it was one of my most anticipated films of the year, I headed to the theater on the opening day. Yes! I saw it before most of people in the states!

Let me try to briefly comment on it, in a sentence : 

"Very stylish and visually pleasing, but it ain’t The Lord of The Rings.”

bit of spoilers ahead

I loved the style of the film. Yes it does have that LoTR feel to it. And the CGs are stunning. Those ravens, those butterflies, those elves, that troll, and oh my, that White Deer.

It is interesting that Universal hired first-timer Rupert Sanders to helm the project that will easily cost over $100 million. But hey, Rupert has directed some brilliant commercials, and his stylized brilliance carries on to his debut feature film.
Visual : satisfactory. 

Despite its impressive visual effects, I thought the overall film wasn’t intense enough.
The battles weren’t as grasping as I wished them to be, and the evil queen dies wayyyyy to easily.

Surprisingly, there were not much of Huntsman in SW&tH. It feels like there were not so much about Snow White, either. Odd. To me, it felt like a movie for Charlize Theron, the gorgeous queen. We know more about Ravenna (the queen) than any other characters in the film. And she is more fascinating than Snow White and the Huntsman combined. But then, we know that she is not the main character, cuz if she was, Rupert Sanders wouldn’t have killed her in the least dramatic way possible.

very Personally, although Kristen Stewartis fair, she is no match for Charlize Theron.

Another interesting thing about its release in Korea is its title.
Whoever the distributor is, they chose to go with the title “Snow White and the Huntsman.” What’s so interesting about it? you might ask. It is interesting because they stuck with the english word, when there is a Korean word for both “Snow White” AND “the Huntsman.” What’s the big deal?

Well, not that many people in Korea knows who “Snow White” is, because she goes by different name here! (백설공주, or Baeksulgongju, meaning white snow princess.) Maybe they didn’t use the Korean name for the princess to avoid confusion with Mirror Mirror, which released before SW&tHwith the title, Baeksulgongju.

Maybe it is their intention to hide its fairytale backgrounds; the word Baeksulgongju is never used in its marketing. Not even in the subtitles in the film. As a result, people are going to the theaters not knowing that the movie is about ”snow white.” I wouldn’t be surprised if someone walks out the theater actually thinking "wait… this movie totally plagiarized that fairytale with a girl and an apple…"

"Why don’t you just name this film after me?" says Ravenna the fabulous.

Was I expecting too much? It was a good movie, but it won’t be the fairest movie of the year.


26 5 / 2012

How To Train Your Dragon was on TV today. 

Budget: $165 million
Gross: $217 million
DreamWorks Animation

I love dragons. I LOVE seeing them on screen.
I even loved Saphira, despite the awfulness of the movie itself.

"You are beautiful, Saphira… but, sorry, the movie blows"

How to… was a descent movie, and that automatically puts it above Eragon.
It had a cohesive story line, and was entertaining. And again, I love dragons.

Then, something struck me.
What if this movie was made as a live action movie?

We’ve seen impressive computer graphic dragons in the past.
I especially love the ones in Harry Potter series 

Oh my… 
seeing creatures like this on screen makes my heart skip a beat.

And hey, if you think about it, How to… is filled with this magnificent creatures.
And those vikings can be easily played with Gimli-alikes or Hagrid-alikes… no?

Although I’d kill to see this many dragons in live action film, it will surely have its downside.
Most importantly, it will appeal less to the intended demographic of the storyline. Clearly, the story was written to be a family movie. And uh… hmmm…
this probably won’t do… although I would watch it again and again
So DreamWorks (probably would be some other company when it in’t an animation) will have to change the storyline in order to target slightly older demographics - which means it won’t be How to Train Your Dragon anymore…

To conclude this rambling…to portray dragons in a cute, less intimidating, friendly, way, perhaps animation is the best way to go.
And hey, it wasn’t bad. I enjoyed it waaay more than Eragon 

To my fellow dragon-lovers who’d like to feast your eyes with horde of breathtaking dragons on the screen: hold on little longer. I’ll bring it to you someday.


24 5 / 2012

There has been 2 movies this year so far that, even before watching the trailer, made me frown and say "Um… I don’t think so."

One being John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch,
Budget: $250 million
Gross : $179 million (Worldwide)

And the other being Battleship, starring (among others,) Taylor Kitsch.
Budget: $209 million
Opening Weekend: $25 million

I didn’t watch John Carter.
I didn’t watch Battleship either.
SURPRISE!. I’m not planning on it.

Hmm… I’ve met very few people who enjoyed both films, but let’s be honest: John Carter was a failure, and Battleship is most likely a failure-gonna-be.

Taylor says.

I must say, I feel really bad for Taylor.
To star in two (probably) biggest failure of the year. That’s unfortunate.
Or does it mean he just sucks at picking projects?
Well, Taylor. I actually am looking forward to your next film, SAVAGES (almost entirely because of Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta, and Blake Lively... but whatever).
Hope that one doesn’t lose as much.