Therefore the Martians are left with no alternative than to abduct some women, though I daresay a couple of them are charming enough to have a shot at convincing them to volunteer even without the blessings of the patriarchy.
Hidden amidst the scenes of wall-mounted speakers, stock footage, college football games, and strip shows, we get a genuinely effective scene wherein Tommy Kirk rescues a planetarium show by musing aloud about Mars and its civilization. To its credit, his speech accurately reflects what little was known (or believed) about Mars at that time.
Finally, this movie features Yvonne Craig, whose appearance makes up for any weaknesses in the special effects.
The girl playing Athena's daughter stands out as particularly blank and vapid. She looks good, but never for one second does she possess a shred of the presence one might expect of a daughter of (the famously virginal) goddess Athena. She and her two friends drift through their adventures while displaying only the most tepid reactions to anything they encounter, including a trip to a thoroughly non-Greek Underworld.
I'm trying to recall if I ever saw a Chris Columbus movie that actually impressed me. I'm drawing a blank.
I certainly understand Alice's conviction that Wonderland isn't a real place, given the flashy yet insubstantial CGI nature of the environment and almost everyone in it.
Surely the fate of Wonderland should not hinge on anything as uninspired as an armored Alice getting into a sword fight with a CGI dragon.
Forthcoming literary adaptations by Tim Burton:
Moby Dick: A quirky but two-fisted sea captain (Johnny Depp) pursues a monstrous white whale through a number of huge CGI set pieces.
The Metamorphosis: A quirky weirdo (Johnny Depp) is transformed into a giant cockroach for a battle against the evil Queen Verminia, (Helena Bonham Carter) for the rule of the Arthropod Empire.
Ulysses: Confused Irish weirdo (Johnny Depp) falls into a boat while cooking breakfast, resulting in a wild romp through Greek mythology, including meetings with the witch Calypso (Helena Bonham Carter) and the grotesque Cyclops (Johnny Depp).
To me, the oddest thing about this movie is McLaren's demeanor during the space flight. He looks like death warmed over, like he really really wants to go home right NOW, like he might vomit at any moment, and like he can barely bring himself to speak. Or admit that he feels like hell.
This movie is not bad enough to be a source of amusement for that reason alone. It makes a serious attempt to tell a story, and is more coherent and intelligent than some recent similar films which commanded budgets hundreds of times larger.
Oh, also the contents of a high-pressure tank of oxygen.
I mean, that must have happened, right?
Aside from that minor plot inconsistency, I'm very fond of this movie. The design of the research submarine is beautiful and believable, and the various interiors of the human body are also beautiful, even if not always entirely believable. I think I would expect the chambers of the heart to be a little less cluttered than they are here.
After several years, Moses shows up again, in total violation of the Pharoah's edict. Ramesses reacts to this with unusual forbearance. He merely smirks, and permits Moses to hang around his court. Moses disrupts the river purification ceremony, but Ramesses prevents anyone from killing him. Moses turns up on a private terrace while Ramesses is trying to read, and instead of having Moses killed, Ramesses merely tries to ignore him and wishes he'd quit bugging him. In fact Moses is attacking his kingdom with multiple supernatural assaults, yet Ramesses tries to shrug it all off as natural events and fails to molest his foster brother, or the Hebrews, until he has endured many provocations. Finally he reaches the reasonable decision to free the slaves, only to be turned from this by the manipulations of Nefretiri, a foolish act of pride and weakness on his part, not of evil. By the way, in the Bible it is God who mysteriously hardens Pharaoh's heart all these times, not Nefretiri.
After his plan to kill the Hebrew firstborn backfires, he again decides to free the slaves. The damage to Egypt would have been contained if not for the further scheming of Nefretiri. Of course we know from history that Ramesses II was one of the most successful of all Egyptian pharaohs, and went on to an extraordinarily long and prosperous reign.
I am left with the impression that Ramesses regarded Moses with a certain respect. Moses was certainly a more interesting character before his encounter with the Burning Bush. I think if these two guys had ever sat down together without their respective sticks being inserted, they could have worked things out and avoided all kinds of trouble. Of course that might have taken a toll on the movie's dramatic content.
2: Don't pass the Moon on your way to Earth. Approach from the opposite side of the planet, where you'll be hundreds of thousands of miles away from those pesky Interceptors.
3: Even if you do conquer the Earth, don't touch Moonbase. My wrath will be terrible if you do anything to harm those spectacular purple-wigged silver-suited moon maidens.
4: Land somewhere other than England. All SHADO Mobiles are based there, so you'll have plenty of time to act. Try landing in central Asia, as far as possible from Skydiver.
5: Appointing me your leader will assure your victory.
There has been some talk about how kind and gentle herbivorous dinosaurs must have been. I would like to mention a few contemporary herbivores: rhinos, hippos, cape buffalo, bison. Perhaps someone would like to walk up to these creatures and pet them.
Fortunately for the "hero", he is still left with the task of defeating the mummy himself.
2: Nelson says they're 3000 feet deep in a trench 8 miles deep. Nevertheless, we see the sub threading a dangerous course between huge submerged pinnacles in the next scene. Seaview was usually running a submerged obstacle course when submerged, explaining the constant sonar pings, I suppose.
3: Seaview, sitting on the bottom, is emitting huge quantities of bubbles. Good luck surfacing again!
4: Seaview, moving "dead slow", detects the the wreck of another sub a short distance ahead; they can see it with their nose camera. A few seconds later the sub plows right into the wreck for no apparent reason. Great ship handling there, Crane!
5: The sub routinely makes emergency surfaces for no apparent reason. The sub explodes out of the water at a 60 degree angle, then smashes down. I'd like to see what happens on board when they do that.
6: The sub is often shown at steep angles, in pitch, roll, or both. Yet inside, everyone seems to be walking on a level deck.
And yet it's all rather entertaining...
I will say it was heartwarming to see how quickly the girlfriend and her father accept the presence of the second, good alien brain. They would be ideal emissaries to alien worlds in view of their great flexibility of mind. The desert settings used in this film are also attractive. Finally, I must hand it to the U.S. military for being so quick to deduce that an alien invasion of some sort was taking place.