Actually, the terrible dubbing in that clip reminded me quite a lot of the dialogue in that movie. I’m almost wondering if the cold emotionless stilted dialog was a misguided attempt to ape the dubbed versions of the anime.
Speaking of somewhat poorly received movie adaptions of popular works, I also watched The Dark Tower.
I went in with pretty similar expectations to those I went into GitS with - namely that it probably wouldn’t be great, but if it was an ok mindless action movie then I’d be happy.
As such, I enjoyed The Dark Tower a lot more than GitS. It’s reasonably good fun.
Similar to GitS, it seems to have a lot less action than I’ve gotten used to with all the Marvel movies.
It doesn’t quite make up for that with weight or character development… maybe because it’s only 93 minutes long. It’s a long time since I’ve seen a hollywood movie that short, so I wonder if a lot of stuff got cut.
The end result is something that feels like it’s shooting for ( ) being a middle of the road, inoffensive, mainstream, overly produced Hollywood action movie - and kinda achieves it.
There are hints though that it could have been something much more interesting. I can’t help but think that if it’d been an HBO/Netflix drama it’d have been awesome. (there was some talk of a connected show, but I dunno how that could work out given that the movie resolves it all).
I always kinda think of tDT as a western, but I kinda forget that it’s also a horror. (duh - Stephen King!)
As such, with the recent resurgence in Horror and glut of King remakes, they could have played up the horror and grittier hits a bit more and it’d have worked quite well.
In fact, what the movie needed really was a bit less polish and a bit more grit and style and substance (and time).
It’s a bit too dark to be an action movie for families (a fair number of people die, several people get burned alive) but it also cuts away from most of that so you don’t actually see it. Leaving it in a bit of a weird place between ‘family’ and ‘adult’. I wonder if that was the stuff that got cut, in an attempt to get a lower certificate?
The most interesting hint at what could have been is when they find themselves in the ruins of a themepark called Pennywise. Given that studios have been falling over themselves to set up MCU style connected universes, tDT is a perfect ready-made setup. Due to the multiple worlds, they could pull in characters from all the other King movies and franchises, as well as anything else they want (Stranger Things crossover? Walking Dead? Joker?)
The direction is vanilla, other than a couple of kinda cool scenes where Roland gets to show off his shooting skills. There could have been a few more of those. The horror elements could have been grittier, and I could have done with a few more epic shots walking through deserts (I am a big western / Leone fan).
Much as I like Idris Elba, I’m not sure he had quite the gravitas to pull off Roland. He was fine, but it’s a very tough role as it needs to basically channel Clint Eastwood in his younger days and imply strength and depth while also being taciturn. I’m not quite sure who would have done better.
The kid was fine.
Mathew McConaughey is awesome as The Man in Black and somewhat steals the movie. The only problem is that the cut-down nature of the movie means the character somewhat gets boiled down to a generic bad guy. We don’t really know why he’s doing anything or much about his relationship with Roland.
So, yeah, basically this needed to be either a 4 hour epic, a LotR style trilogy, or preferably a Netflix-style show with a more gritty mix of western, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and a more epic journey.