Taking "adaptation" to a whole new level

Two potentially huge movies out this week, The Sorceror's Apprentice & Inception. I saw both today, and firstly I'd really like to talk about Apprentice. How exactly a short section of Fantasia got turned into a full blown big budget movie clearly involves a lot of liberties, and I guess they are hoping for the same magic that came with the very loose concept of a movie based on a certain piratey theme park ride. I think it works as a big dumb popcorn flick, with good comedy and special effects, and clearly Nicholas Cage had plenty of fun with his role. I will say I think Jay Baruchel was poorly cast, as he's pretty much just annoying and can't really carry the more serious heroic growth moments his character has throughout the film. I still think it's worth seeing overall, which doesn't seem to be the consensus.

Inception is pretty much everything you've heard. Brilliant, suspenseful, amazing. This might be Nolan's best work to date, and considering his resume that's saying quite a bit. And the thing is, everyone seems to know its brilliant and yet they are worried it will fail (and in a day and age where movies like "Marmaduke" een get made, it's a serious concern). So drag everyone you know with you into this film. If they don't understand or don't get it, you should probably find new friends...

Finally, with 007 movies in limbo for god only knows how long, will we actually see Daniel Craig don the secret agent duds ever again? Well if a couple of videogames do well enough, we may see him more often than we'd think, because not only is the Wii release of Goldeneye featuring Mr. Craig, but a new original Bond game was just announced, and they are treating it like a full blown movie. Now granted, Bond games have an overall fairly shoddy history, but the last fully original (as in not based on a movie at all) Bond game was the very excellent Everything or Nothing, so hopefully it follows in that game's foot steps.

That's all I really have for today, but til next time, here's your FREE GAME OF THE WEEK: Five Minutes to Kill Yourself (reloaded)


KK said...
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KK said...

Thanks for the recommendation for "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". I had pretty much blown that one off completely, but I may go check it out when it hits the cheap theater, since you feel it's worth a watch.

Even sans the 007 films (curse you, MGM), it looks like we will still be seeing a lot of Mr. Craig on the big screen with 2011, with at least three films in which he stars or co-stars: the Tintin movie, Cowboys & Aliens, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Looking forward to all three. :)

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