We’re all about comics here at Panels on Pages, but a geek cannot live on comics alone. Outside the Longbox is our chance to spotlight something outside our typical four-color realm – be it movies, music, TV or whatever.
Just last week, I finally hauled my ass to the theater to see Sherlock Holmes. I was nervous when the movie started that I might not really enjoy it, because I’d very nearly had the entire movie going experience spoiled for me. How so?
I enjoyed the hell out of Holmes, don’t get me wrong, but I walked out of the theater with the date March 26 etched into my brain. Liam Neeson as Zeus in shimmering armor? Sam Worthington’s Perseus facing off against a breathtaking Medusa? THE GIANT FREAKING KRAKEN!?!?!?
Let me just say that, like many here at PoP!, I’ve been disappointed by the proliferation of CGI in Hollywood, especially considering how poorly done some of it is. Even the best examples of CGI – and, yes, I’m looking at you, Transformers 2 – suffer from directorial decisions like quick cuts that prevent us from having a real chance to enjoy what we’re seeing. This trailer alleviates any fear of that here, as we see the camera take its time, savoring every shot, and delivering fully on the beautiful effects work that has gone into this movie.
I’m an unabashed fan of the original film in all its stop-motion glory, and was terrified at the prospect of a remake. I’d no expectations of Leterrier’s apparent love for the source material, evidenced in each and every second of this trailer. Now, I’m as cynical and skeptical as the next guy, and we’ve still got two months before we find out if the finished product is as good as what we’ve seen here. But damn… I’ve got something to look forward to as these two months inch by.
Just… uh… let’s skip the pet Furby this time?