I just finished watching Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. I had high hopes for a fantasy action thriller based on a game I played years ago as a kid. The movie had a lot of promise but failed to deliver on many points. Technically it is not well done. The camera is jerky during intense scenes, the CGI looks like it was done by the local community college and the world is way too plastic and cardboard to get you in the moment. The characters are flat, the British accents are very distracting and the director really likes scenes with people alone in high places while the camera whirls around them. Being a Disney film, there are no mothers or any really useful female characters. Even the female lead comes across as half baked, overly proud an in need of a man to save her. I wish I had something nice to say about the movie, but it just had no redeeming qualities.
I have been watched many of Japanese Cinema (日本映画 Nihon eiga) lately. Besides a lot of great anime, I have seen:
- Seven Samurai (1954)
- Throne of Blood (1957)
- Ran (1985)
- Rashômon (1950)
- Harakiri (1962)
For the live films, I prefer to hear the original Japanese and read the subtitles. For anime though, I prefer dubbed. or some reason the voices don’t seem to match the character for me, no doubt lost in translation. If you have not seen a foreign film, I’d encourage you to do so. Don’t be put off by reading the text, it gets easier as you go along. Any one have some favorite films they care to share?