Saturday, June 24, 2006

Temporal Mortality

- i.e. the inescapable advent of time and death

Or why we want the hero/heroine to die

[ WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW- LOOK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

Sorry about the tardiness of my Lake House review
Just pretend that I already keyed this and through the magical technobabble
work of slipstream / tachyon pulses / string theory
It has popped into your June 17 RSS feed

Great, so I’m right on time

I loved the movie; it was charming, quaint, emotionally captivating
Yes I’m a chick and the movie did it for me

It goes up into my hall of fame with You’ve Got Mail and 50 First Dates

Now for the sci-fi spin

In order to do that I must issue a comment on Aeon Flux, also recently viewed

Enjoyable but slightly disappointed by its linear nature and the story outcome

In the forums there seems to be some sick, homicidal death wish for Keanu’s
character in the Lake House (haters, haters, every where haters)
Many feel that the movie would have been more poignant and impacting if the
character met with a less traditional fate

I totally disagree

Why are we fascinated with destruction?
Why do we associate the death of a beloved imaginary entity with strong drama?

I was QUITE glad the movie ended the way it did
For once the Hollywood Formula worked
Although I must confess I did get the morbid pleasure of anticipating a fatal end only
to experience the relief of being left off the hook

whew!

But my Americanized desire for victory of the Grim Reaper
was dashed with Aeon Flux

And why in this instance did I have the blood lust?
Well, continuity with the old scary Liquid TV spots
If Hollywood had taken that approach it would have eased over the irritation
of once again experiencing a remake in name and superficial similarities

Plus, it would have given the film that final kick that would have differentiated it from
the current action / sci-fi flick fair
It would have taken this mostly standard comic action flick and moved it to the
‘kick butt’ shelf of my DVD collection

So I ask- why do we want our heroes / heroines to die?

Mankind in general, as evidenced by the Hanso Corporation, is constantly, desperately
Searching for immortality and a way to cheat the march of time

Who isn’t geeked over the time travel plot line that allows our favs to gain a new lease on life?

Yet what the current mentality seems to be is- we’re all tired of seeing the good guy win
Let the blood splatter on the final screen frame; we’ll venerate the production if you do

Are we all sons of Sam? (available on Vongo for your degenerate viewing pleasure)

Hmmm

and when will Hollywood head our call for tragic, startling finales?

1 comment:

Nicky Fingaz said...

I'll leave Keanu alone, especially since I did not and will not see "The Lake House" of my own free will.

I just rented the Aeon Flux movie. Now, let me preface by saying I am a big fan of weirdness and so a big fan of the original series. But I am not so attached that I expect line for line faithfulness to the original.

My reaction to the Aeon Flux movie was another resounding - eh. Similar reaction to X3, I know I know, getting a track record here as the "eh" guy.

I had 2 main criticisms of the flick.

1. It didn't need to be Aeon Flux movie. They altered the setting so much it may as well not have been Aeon Flux and should have been its own original sci-fi story. I expected Hollywoodification, but they basically re-wrote the entire thing. They had some good ideas and some that kinda fit the genre, but it wasn't Aeon Fluxey enough for me. I liked all the visuals, no crits there. I'm glad they covered Aeon up a lil, I didn't understand how she fought half naked in the cartoon, but you go with it.

Crit #2 The acting was very flat and I think this was based on the director's will because I've seen some of them act better. There may have been a reason for the flat-acting (e.g., repeated cloning wash-out), but the effect was that I didn't care enough about the characters. They were more like robots or something.

Peace, love, & chicken grease.