Hello my dahlings! How was your Cinco de Mayo? I’ll get more into that later, but for now I’d like to talk to you about something that’s been on my mind for a couple of days: Battleship. Have you seen it?
We did. And we were very pleasantly surprised by it! As you know, we’re not big fans of teaser trailers. In fact, we love experiencing a movie firsthand, without being teased at all, without seeing any trailer or reading anything previous to actually watching the movie. First is first: I’ll start by sharing the wonderful soundtrack of Battleship: AC / DC Thunderstruck – and continue the talk after the jump!
I’m a big ACDC fan. With capital B. In fact, I love their music so much (and particularly Thunderstruck), that whenever I feel trailing, whenever I lack motivation or I simply want to get a quick adrenaline shot, I listen to it. Thunderstruck is sheer magic for me. It’s part of why I’ll always be a hard rocker at heart. (I chose a live rendition of Thunderstruck because it shows the energy flow going from the band into the crowd and backwards. Perfection!)
I know that last week I was all about flower – power, peace and all, and so I brought you King’s Hey. A glorious tune I love listening every now and then because it has the effect of a yoga class in the middle of the day. It simply disconnects me, makes me dream of Motown times (wink). But ACDC is different. It’s about jazzing up. So? Did it jazz you up? Because now I’ll get into some Battleship talk!
So – Battleship, huh? With Rihanna! To be honest, we were hesitant about watching it. But then we read that Liam Neeson was part of the Battleship cast. And we just loooove Liam. He’s such a great actor! Such complex theatrical register – he can be commercial without diluting any of his acting skills and he can be so epic, it’ll get stuck like a bone into any movie consumer’s neck. There are movies I can’t think of without thinking Liam Neeson (one of them is “The Grey” – have you seen it?)
And then there was this young man (Taylor Kitsch) we’ve seen perform in John Carter. Which was, in our humble opinion, a great movie sunk by Star Wars enthusiasts. Andrew Stanton gets a standing ovation from us for his great directing work in his first motion picture (Andrew Stanton is the brilliant creative mind behind Wall – E)! Well done! Don’t let haters get to you, the simple truth that George Lucas took so much from John Carter and put into Star Wars should’ve pushed people into cinemas, not keep them away. But we all know that bad advertising is like bad breath. You just want to stay away. And John Carter was really into some bad advertising (I won’t bother you with more details, but if you’re interested, you can read more about John Carter and its bad marketing here).
So what was I saying? Ah, yes, Battleship cast talk: Alexander Skarsgard was the next headliner. Which is all the same to us. He’s one of those actors who leaves me completely indifferent. I’m aware that this may seem unbelievable to many of you (especially girls, especially True Blood fans), but it’s the plain truth. Now. About Rihanna: I’ve rarely seen someone who is a stranger to acting do such a tremendously good work in a motion picture (at least as far as movies are concerned. I’m sure music videos demand some acting skills as well)! The girl is gifted, I’ll give her that! She was really into character, she was really in that movie, all the way! Much to my surprise, I was very pleased with Rihanna’s character game. Bravo!
Oh, and just to clear things up – you know I won’t talk spoilers, so if you were expecting some Battleship facts, there are none (which will reveal something about the movie plot in any way). I even refused myself the pleasure of including here ACDC’s Thunderstruck video with images from the actual Battleship movie. However, I will say this much: if you want entertainment and you’ve had it with watching the Transformers over and over again, Battleship is your next destination! It’s a movie sustained more by its visual effects than by the theatrical plot in itself. It’s an entertaining movie, one that’ll empty your head and will keep you watching the Armageddon – like action without any other artistic claims. Which is great, every now and then! (with images from here and here)
I still cannot get over the fact that Hollywood has sunk so low in the barrel of ideas that they are making a movie on game that is a vague form of Concentration or the Memory game. I am so not seeing this film. What’s next, a film based on the card game “Go Fish” or “Snap”? ; )
As for John Carter, I avoided that film for various reasons. I had an interesting discourse about why I was not going to see it on another blog.
As for Liam Neeson, I adore him, and for me he is the perfect voice actor who played Aslan and the father who fought for his daughter in Taken. If I come across the Grey at my library I will borrow it.
Ah, yes, Taken! Liam is really good at what he does! and I hope he continues doing it forever! :) and ever. And then some!
Every summer or so, Hollywood must produce an Armageddon type of movie. It’s a must. That’s what my conclusion, after years and years of various apocalyptic renditions. The public thrives on this kind of illusions. Don’t you think so? Let’s see… Transformers? the last? wasn’t it last year / summer? The year before… what was it? 2012 maybe? and the year before that… another Transformers if I’m not mistaken?
I felt really sorry for Andrew Stanton – Disney was a total disappointment in managing this situation: they simply disguised that it was a bad marketing situation under the “new director” , new some head of some long lost department who weren’t acquainted with the blockbusters jungle so they were totally lost in the $Millions translation. So unprofessional! The movie was good, now I’m sorry you chose not seeing it, I would’ve loved your feedback :)
Well if you wish to know why I am not seeing John Carter I could tell you but it is not really a subject for a fashion and fun blog. : )
got it! ;) where should I go to find out then? ;)
I have emailed you a link to where you can read what I wrote and what others wrote about this film and the novels. : )
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