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Dragon Warriors (2015)
Underrated - An old school Spoof movie
I hate to say that people aren't getting the point of a film, but the 4.5 rating really makes me think people aren't getting the point. I give it a 10 because I have not had this much fun watching a movie in a very long time.
As for what I think the point is? It's not just a parody of fantasy films, it's a parody of B fantasy films. And it does it well! It would be very easy to mess up this concept; as we see quite often with spoof films in the current era. I was leery of it initially because of the low budget and relatively unknown production team, but I have to say that this is among the best spoof movie made since the last 30 years. It's smart, and it knows its genre. It's not just making a bunch of dumb pop culture jokes that will be dated in 2-3 years like we get in current era spoof films. This hearkens back to how the sort of quality of material the classic parodies relied on.
The homages to classic sci-fi/fantasy are fun and clearly done out of love. But that's not the best this movie has to offer. The number of bits and gags poking fun at all of the genre tropes, as well as all the things that make us laugh about B movies, should have you rolling. Every scene has a joke in it that can easily be missed. Whether it's certain characters using obvious stunt doubles and never actually sitting on their horse, or conversations about intermittent accents, this is comedy gold to me.
It's very clear to me that the creators are big fans of the genre. And if you're able to absorb even 75% of the bits in the movie upon first viewing, kudos to you.
What's the story? I basically say it's a quest to save the land from never having sex again.
Who should watch it? Anyone who loves genre flicks; especially if it's cheesy B sci-fi/fantasy.
So what should you do next? Stop reading this, get some friends together, get some beverages(or other party favours), and enjoy the ride.
Fantastic Four (2015)
An utter mess with a glimpse of brilliance.
Reading about what they wanted to do with this movie had me pretty optimistic. I'm all for comic movies being a sort of else world. I don't need the comic adaptation to be exactly like the comic. So I'm not going to complain about the origin, or Doom being different. And when I read they were going for a sci-fi horror vibe, I was very excited.
It is very unfortunate because I can tell that Tranks movie would have been much better than what we got. But at the same time, I can see that his movie had some flaws too.
Between the Trank-Fox drama, and the terrible reviews, it's taken me this long to watch the movie. So here we go with a small review.
Act 1: Lots of exposition. The origin story was very Disney-Marvel inspired to me. If you really love those movies, you should enjoy yourself here. I get the feeling that tonally, Trank was trying to emulate what he did in Chronicle. Overall a thumbs down for me.
Act 2: More exposition and cheese. I'm beginning to wonder how people say the first half of the movie is great. It's a less well done Marvel movie in my opinion. But there is a silver lining. The sci-fi horror elements that were promised to us when this movie was being made poke its head out. The Cronenbergesque moments when they had begun their transformations were amazing. I wanted the whole movie to be that sequence. But sadly, we soon move on to Act 3.
Act 3: I don't know what this is. I guess they made it on mail it in Fridays.
Overall, this is a bad film. And not the so bad it's good kind. There's 3 massive tonal shifts, and they don't work together. The first half is forgettable. The Cronenberg sequence is inspired; and if you're a sci- fi/horror fan, you will appreciate it. The end of the movie is insulting.
A lot was talked up about how Fox ruined Tranks vision. And I do agree, the obvious re-shoots were pretty absurd. This is a prime example of studio Meddling. And there's a definite hole where those action set pieces used to be that Fox removed pre-production. Another glaring issue is that they skimped out on the special effects. They didn't bother to fully render a lot of shots, and the CGI ended up looking like a movie from 15 years ago. There's so much bad in this movie, I just don't see how Tranks movie would have been anything more than a 6.5; save for a few inspired scenes. But I am curious to know how much of Tranks movie was left on the cutting room floor.
Seeing what could have been with those Cronenberg scenes, I wish they would have jumped right in to it from there. I think as human beings, we can make inferences. If you portray a family well, we will get it.
Unless you're a hardcore sci-fi and/or comic fan, and are interested in those scenes I mentioned, or a glutton for punishment, save your time.