I've watched a few movies lately.
Last week we went off to see Watchmen. As a caveat
: I've never read the graphic novel, so I went in not knowing what to expect. If I had, I'd have given it a miss. To be honest, I found it terribly dull; 2-and-three-quarter hours of character introductions, primarily, followed by 15 minutes of finale that was reminiscent of the X-files movie, and not in a good way. I found none of the characters engaging, except possibly Rorschach; in some ways, it was about as thrilling as one of those documentaries you get on Discovery Channel.
On the plus side, I thought the effects (especially Dr. Manhattan) were well done. Best part of the movie, for me, was the use of some of Philip Glass's music from the movie Koyaanisqatsi
during Dr. Manhattan's exposition; it seemed well-chosen.
Yesterday we saw Inkheart. It was not a great movie by any measure, but I must admit that I found it rather entertaining. The scenery, of northern Italy, I think, was beautiful, and I found some of the characters amusing. For such a small movie, it had a surprisingly prestigious cast; sadly, Brendan Fraser, playing the lead, seemed a little typecast and dull.
Over the weekend I got Highlander: The Source out on DVD. Now, I'm a big fan of Highlander, though most of the Highlander movies have disappointed me terribly. This was no exception; in fact, I would go so far as to say that it was worse than Highlander 2. To give you an idea: as the movie starts, you're told that all the planets are "coming into alignment". Very well; we've seen that sort of rubbish in a dozen movies. It gets worse: not only the planets, but all the stars in the galaxy, right to the central star, and lining up too! To cap it off, the planets lining up are actually visible in the night sky, with a rocky-surfaced Saturn (I presume) several times larger in the sky than the moon!
Almost everything about The Source was appalling; the villain was ridiculous (with stupid colloquialisms as well, like "Atta-boy!), there was a minimum of swordfighting, cinematography and sets were low-budget east European, Adrian Paul sleepwalked his way through the role, and the other actors weren't much better. About the only interesting actor (because she was quite pretty) was Thekla Reuten, who also acted in the acclaimed In Bruges
. At the end, after Duncan Macleod defeats the villain (by running around him so rapidly that villain drills himself into the ground (yes, I'm serious)), he gets the source, a great prize: he can now father children. What an ignominious end to the Highlander franchise.