Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone
Directed By: Zack Snyder
Written By: Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya
Rating:PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 50 min
Lots of negative things have been said about this film but I think they are all missing the point. Is it an amazingly visual and imaginative action fantasy film? Yes. Does it make sense? No: to have it set in the sixties and then have big action scenes featuring giant samurai’s, futuristic robots, medieval dragons and then World War One trenches (battling reanimated steam powered Nazi’s no less!). All the fantasy scenes happen during dance sequences you don’t see and have young girls kicking ass in skimpy outfits. But all this doesn’t matter – just enjoy the spectacle of this fever dream that will sucker punch your senses.
This film is more a sexy, twisted psychedelic event, than a film. Imagine a 2 hour, super slick, effects heavy music video! It was a huge flop as I think most people just weren’t prepared and were not expecting its weird blend of a fantastical dream sequences set within a brothel fantasy of a tormented wrongly institutionalised psychiatric patient!
Cinema screen is definitely best (it was released in IMAX) but a large HD screen will do otherwise. Please note: Try to see the 17 minute longer version – available on Blu Ray. Oh, and one more thing: Turn your surround sound up!
For all the epic set pieces and musical highlights I would have to say it’s actually the costumes that are the highlight. All of them. Cosplay heaven.
Stewart’s two cents:
This is all spectacle and little substance. So go into this expecting a long cool looking music video, and you might get something out the experience. As a film, is doesn’t work very well.