Post by Trace on Sept 16, 2019 1:38:55 GMT
I have always defended it—overall, I thought it was a solid B-. From the very moment I heard it was Depp/Burton, I knew it was going to be exactly the tone that it was. There were moments of beauty in the beginning and off and on throughout, a fantastic soundtrack, good solid performances overall, and gorgeous sets and visuals. There were things I could have done without—the comedy/fish-out-of-water stuff, the messy CGI-laden ending, dropping of some major plot points that seemed to be missing satisfying endings, Alice Cooper’s appearance for no good reason (why??)...but even with all that, it couldn’t take away my enjoyment of the whole. I saw it in theaters three times, and bought the DVD. By the way, I’ve been skewered alive for expressing this in FB groups and other forums by the diehard movie haters (but I still always speak my mind.)
Again, the things I’ve mentioned, I just feel were missed opportunities and were things that were SO EASY to do right—and COULD have made this an A+. But a solid B- is still a pretty good grade. And I still get chills every time I see the opening credits, the train, and hear the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin”.
And yes, I am a HUGE fan of the original and Big Finish’s audios...and have enjoyed ALL the other incarnations as well—remakes ‘91 and ‘04, movies, Ross novels, Lara’s novels, Mark Rainey and S.E. Hinton novels, every series of comics (Gold Key, Innovation, Dynamite, Ken Bald newspaper strips....) I never once expected that any of them shouldn’t forge their own path.