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“Battleship” movie reviews are in – it’s great!

Psych!

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The review embargo seems to have expired for Universal‘s would-be blockbusterBattleship“, which is being unleashed on an unwitting Europe a month or so ahead of its Stateside release. Surprisingly, for a film based on a board game, the critical word is…not kind.  Go figure?

Empire’s two-star evisceration is typical of many reactions – “An event movie so lunk-headed – both in concept and execution  – that it’s hard not to suspect director Peter Berg of pulling a prank”.  

And SFX fairly damn it with distinctly faint praise by concluding “If you love military hardware, it’s a great naval gazing exercise. But as a blockbuster it’s all a bit half-mast.”  Hmm…I do see what they did there.

The kindest review that I’ve found is from my nerdy soul-mates at Den of Geek, who have at least found some modest, geeky thrills from a film which looks like some kind of meta-tribute to Michael Bay‘s recent, Hasbro inspired oeuvre.

Den of Geek’s viewBattleship eventually delivers the requisite salty charm and occasional ripples of excitement you’d expect from an expensive summer blockbuster”.

How bad can a movie based on a board game starring a pop star-turned-actress and a model really be?  Ahem…

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10 Minutes with Taylor Kitsch…

Which, to his fan base from “Friday Night Lights”, can only be a good thing.

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In their continuing effort to light a fire under the marketing effort for Andrew Stanton’s epic pulp sci-fi adventure, “John Carter”, Disney have placed ten minutes of footage from the opening of the film online, which you can view here on the Disney Movie Trailers YouTube channel

It’s every bit as handsomely staged and detailed as the advance word would have it, and the escape gag woven through the opening sequence is genuinely funny and delightful in it’s escalating absurdity.

I didn’t really need confirmation that this was a film I was interested in seeing on opening weekend, but this extended first look underlined things a little for me.

Let’s hope that enough people agree for this much ballyhooed but equally controversial film to enjoy a decent opening weekend.

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“John Carter” reviews posted – what will you be seeing next weekend?

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Den of Geek has a review of Disney and Andrew Stanton’s sci-fantasy adventure, “John Carter” and have confirmed to me that it deserves my support at the box office next weekend.

As you’ll see if you click on the link to the film’s trailer, Disney are going all out in the week before release to counter some of negative early buzz and emphasise the action-adventure moments in the film, which you can hardly blame them for doing – this is the first salvo in what they must hope will become a series of movies and I’d be trying to hit as many eyeballs with as many arresting images as possible were I in their size 11 Cole Haan wingtips.

If you fancy some more advanced chitter-chatter, there’s an interesting interview over at The Guardian where Andrew Stanton talks about the process of moving into live action, his love for the Edgar Rice Burroughs books and what you chat about when Steven Spielberg asks for a meeting with you.

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There’s a more guarded review up at Total Film, but even that isn’t enough to put me off – what say you, fellow nerd travellers?

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Trailered – “Battleship”

Intent, 'looking at something on monitor' acting for the win!

After a less-than-enthusiastically received teaser trailer in the Summer, Universal and Hasbro’s franchise-in-waiting “Battleship” has posted a second trailer and we’ve now got a better idea of what this film will be like.

And what it will be like is the wildly successful “Transformers”  series, oddly enough.  It’s as though Hasbro and their film-making partners are working to a template or something.

In case you thought that you were watching the new Lars Von Trier movie...

From the beginning of the trailer, we’ve got mysterious goings-on under the Ocean – lots of murky malevolence and things half-glimpsed which ain’t quite human – and the now-obligatory, post “Inception” low-frequency ‘Honk!‘ on the soundtrack.

I still have my heart set on 'Ker-Plunk! - the Movie'...

In short order, we get the regulation helicopter shots of the fleet at sea, sailors in dress whites, the young and attractive leads …

Young white kids in love - it's a cinematic revolution...

When the deep-sea alien shizzle hits the fan, you’ll be stunned to learn that a Dubstep track also begins to kick in and the edits get so quick that you may think that you’re having an auditory hallucination with a sweet Skrillex soundtrack.  Is Dubstep becoming as generic a choice on action trailers as Adele is on a “Greys Anatomy” advert?

Boom!

Depending on your point of view, Universal, director Peter Berg and Hasbro have neatly side-stepped the essentially absurd notion of making a narrative film out of a board game by making this an out-and-out genre film which eschews the concerns of the real world and avoids any concerns that potential audience members might have about supporting yet another action movie which seems to have a hawkish, ‘might is right’, US-centric world view which is at odds with their own.

That doesn't look too friendly...

Your mileage may vary, of course.  For ‘alien’, some may read ‘foreign’ and there’s more than enough essays available on the internet which will tell you that films like this prime their young and impressionable audiences to accept military aggression in real life by depicting those forces in fiction as sexy, young, heroic, technologically advanced and capable or usurping enemies in double-quick time and with perfectly timed quips to boot.

That's a terrorist ship, I'm telling you! It could even be European....

I’m just going to assume that this a stupid action movie and not expect it to convert me to any cause.  And I say this as somebody who was able to enjoy Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day” back in the 90’s despite feeling as though my brains were slowly dribbling out of my ears as I watched the heroic Labrador outrunning the fireball, Will Smith punching out a downed alien and the universal, Mac-based operating system employed by Alien mother ships.

Yep, that's a big old Alien interloper, all right.

In fact, if you’re not getting an Emmerich vibe from this new movie from the trailer, you might have clicked on a link to the last Woody Allen film by mistake.  Not that you would be doing anything wrong by watching that film, just saying…

A quiet, reflective scene from the trailer for "Battleship"...

It all looks reasonably entertaining, but if you weren’t able to get through any of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” flicks without feeling an uncontrollable urge to switch the movie off, destroy the disc and generally do something more positive with your brief time on earth, I get the sense that you should probably skip this one when it opens next Summer.

Yep, no echoes of Emmerich's action blockbusters here, then...

 

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