Wednesday 22 March 2006

everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy

In the company of Lord B, I went to go and see "V for Vendetta" for the second time this evening. I definitely enjoyed it more the second time around. I was able to relax into the film from the very beginning, and even the bits in the third quarter of the film that seemed to drag a little bit before were absolutely fine on a second viewing. As I watched, I did marvel all over again that this film ever got made. Forget about the terrorism, here is a film that challenges you to think and to question, and how rare is that?

The trailers they showed before the main feature just emphasised the point: "Firewall", starring Harrison Ford as your average blue-collar man who is roused when his family is put in danger (yawn - hasn't he made this film before?), "The Da Vinci Code" starring Tom Hanks and based on the book allegedly written by Dan Brown, "Mission: Impossible III" - some bombastic, plotless shite starring Tom Cruise....

All utter tripe.

I had to smile when a Vicky Pollard-a-like stormed out of the cinema with her boyfriend about halfway through the film, at the point where Evie is being interrogated. I was sitting on the aisle, and as she brushed past me as she flounced out, I heard her say, "I don't have to stay here and watch this crap no more..." Oh dear.

Too many words and not enough brainless slaughter, innit.

Go see. It might encourage them to make more like it.

Watching the trailer for "Firewall" I got to thinking about what inordinate amounts of money Harrison Ford has taken at the box office over the years. Watching the "M:I 3" trailer then got me to wondering how many other actors were in the same kind of ballpark as Ford and Cruise.

Not many.

In terms of pure box office takings though, how many major league actors are beaten by the pair pictured above though, eh? Brad Pitt? Johnny Depp? Julia Roberts? Ben Stiller? Pacino? De Niro?

I'd say that was a good thing, only I fear it might encourage George Lucas to make some more. Oh. Too late. I hear he's planning to make a Star Wars TV series set between Episodes III and IV. Oh sweet Jesus. Hasn't he done enough?

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