Sat, 9th Dec '00, 3:13am
I just got back from the movie. I didn't have too high of expectations so I wasn't really let down. It was pretty good all in all, but they could have done much better. I really think that they deserve a lot of credit for all the effort put into it though. The magical effects were all really awesome and the fighting was pretty cool; but, they didn't portray dragons nearly as intelligent as they should have been. The acting could have used some work as well. (Mostly Profion) I don't want to say too much more so...
Anyway, tell me your opinion if you've seen it already.
[This message has been edited by Vile (edited December 09, 2000).]
Sat, 9th Dec '00, 1:49pm
Er...when has it come out...and where has it come out?
Sun, 10th Dec '00, 3:42am
Just saw it, and...well...um, it was...er...okay? I guess? In a way. But also kind of, well, bad. That acting! Wow! Oof! Jeremy Irons (Profion) was acting enough for the entire cast! It was scream in rage at this, and shake his fist at that! And you knew he was really, really acting because his whole body would tremble in furious furies of fury, and his eyes would pop right out of his skill, beholder-like. "Grrrr! Destroy you! Destiny! Grrr! Hate!" And his Otter Pop Blue-lipped (what the hell was that?) henchman wasn't much better; he thoroughly chewed every line in a slow sneer, like eating evil taffy. Thora Birch was tree-like. And that mage girl was apparently mildly surprised and slightly puzzled for the entire movie (I think her eyebrows were simply frozen way up there). And boring to bad (but not Jeremoy-Irons-Bad) were the lead guy, Tuvok girl, and the dwarf. Oof! Some horrible performances! Even the bit players, like the mage girl's mentor (was kind of glad when Otter Pop Lips snapped his neck) or the elf healer, were bad in some way. It didn't help that the dialogue made Xena look like Hamlet.
But it wasn't all that bad. The fx were above average to good, and there were some exciting scenes and sequences. The skyful of battling dragons looked great (but beholders looked like chewed gum). It moved at a fairly nice pace (wherever it was going) and was coherent. The scenery and castle interiors were great, and its look authentic. Marlon Wayans singlehandedly saved the cast from utter hopelessness. And you have to credit the director for pursuing this for so many years and finally making it himself when no one else would (wasn't James Cameron interested in this film?). He deserves praise just for that. But he should just produce the next one, if you know what I mean. Produce, not direct. Oof!
And was it just me, or did I see the Creature Cantina and the Ewok Tree Village Luke-Is-My-Brother scene in there?
Mon, 11th Dec '00, 5:54pm
Actually, yeah. I noticed pretty much everything that you just said and I have to agree, It did have pretty bad acting. (Profion just really sucked; and what the hell was up with the blue lipstick?) I just didn't want to be too harsh and dicourage other people from seeing it. I think that for people who are interested in D&D but don't know how to play, it would probably be an ok movie; but otherwise...
Tue, 26th Dec '00, 6:49am
Did you know the elf healer guy was one of the Docters in Doctor Who (like the fourth or the fifth)? I could be wrong, I didn't get a good look at him in the movie. I don't know, somebody told me after the movie was over. Anybody know for sure?
Sat, 30th Dec '00, 2:40am
Now, see, I thought it was really cool, if only to see something you really enjoy playing acted(though very poorly) out on the big screen. All the little D&D references made it interesting, and the spell effects totally reaked of awsomeness(WWF fan reference). But I would have liked to see some more spells shown. Also thought the thieves maze was nice, if way to short and straight forward to be called a maze. How about a puzzle. Not enough time spent in the dungeon either, and no monsters hardly at all. But it was interesting for what it was.