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Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Odds and Ends
(or; I Swear I'm Not Just Posting to Post)
Just watched Batman Begins again, and what really struck me, again, was that Katie Holmes' character really doesn't add anything to the film. She's very obviously tacked on just to establish a romantic subplot. That doesn't go anywhere. And resolves itself in a "let's just be friends" speech.
Thematically, and in preparation for other films, it really would have made much more sense to have some other character, one that already exists in the Bat-Universe, play the role of "Bruce Wayne's childhood friend turned DA." I mean, I'm sure that there must have been at least one character who already exists in the Batman comics that could be inserted into the joint roles of "confidant to Wayne" and "ally of Batman."
But I suppose the film-makers really felt they had to preclude as many "Batman is teh gay" jokes as possible.
So, I thought painting Kelsey Grammar blue and putting some fake fur on him was about the worst translation, in the unintentionally comic sense, to film of a super-hero I'd seen recently.
I'm trying so hard to refrain from making a comment about the number of attack-reviews that will soon be forthcoming, the angry revisiting of the past two years worth of DC comics output that will soon be on-line, and how I will, in all likelihood, be greatly amused by people getting upset about something as ultimately trivial as a super-hero comic. But as you can see, I wasn't able to try quite hard enough...
So, if I'm reading between the lines in the entertainment press correctly, King Kong is being described as a failure because it didn't have the biggest film opening of all time. Is that right? Because it didn't break any kind of record, people are calling it a bomb. This is despite the fact that it was the number one movie in the country, has gotten incredibly good reviews and good word of mouth.
Geeze, we as a culture really do like to put people in their places, don't we? Because I can't help but see the dismissal of King Kong as "a bomb" as some sort of back-lash against Jackson for the massive success and cult following of the Lord of the Rings films.