Sunday, February 17, 2008
I enjoyed this movie. What makes it so great is that like Narnia, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, it uses real life events and emotion to ground itself in reality. The heart of the story revolves around a recently divorced Mother with a teenage girl Mallory and twin boys Jarod & Simon. The story mostly focuses on Jarod who is having a really hard time adjusting to the divorcé. I won't spoil it but there’s a nice resolution to his feelings in the final battle.
But this is a Fantasy movie after all so let’s talk about that aspect. Jarod finds a book in a secret room in the house that they moved into that belongs to an ancestor Arthur Spiderwick. There of course is a warning that says don't read the book and of course he does. Arthur Spiderwick found out about a secret world of Goblins, Fairies and other creatures that can only be seen if the creature wants you to see them or if you use a special stone with a hole in it.
I thought that the creatures were well animated and the characters fun. The camera angles, shot and lighting where well thought out. There were a few things that I was disappointed about. I thought that while everything was understandable it was a little rushed and was looking near the end for a set up for the next book in the series. But when I looked on Wikipedia I found out that they had condensed all five books into one movie. But it was well done I thought. I kind of wish they would have made it a series, but I guess with how badly some other fantasy movies have been I guess that they didn't have faith in it.
I was also disappointed with how the main boss was killed; I thought that it was a little improbable. But all in all I enjoyed the movie and was left wanting more, which in this case was a good thing.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Recently I recieved a copy for Christmas of Labyrinth at an after Thanksgiving sale at Best Buy for $4. It brings back a lot of memories. Its a total 80's movie with the Synthetic keyboard music, the dated but still really cool effects, Jennifer Conolly at 14 years old and of course David Bowie and his music. I remember as a kid being amazed at the scene where The Gobin King (David Bowie) makes the crystal ball move around his fingers with out falling to the ground. Watching the Behind the scenes feature I found out that a juggler stood behind him and that was actually the fugglers arm that we see doing the cool trick. I also loved the Esler scene at the end with the stairways and how the Gobin Kings is upside down and then flips up to a different level. Mostly I like all of the awsome Jim Henson puppets. Such artistry, The design actually reminds me of an artist named James Christianson and his style. The poster at top is great also.