Watchers, this week we will discuss some of the movies in theaters this summer. There may be spoilers for the movies with titles in bold, so please be aware of this if you haven’t seen them yet but plan to. Also, please do not include any spoilers in your comments about any other movies not featured in the column, as there are some I haven’t seen yet.
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
This movie gives an alternate-history version of the life of Abraham Lincoln, and does so with great success, I think. As a child, Abe witnesses the death of his mother, though he doesn’t understand until much later the nature of the creature that killed her. Once Abe meets Henry, who offers to train him to kill vampires, his life becomes more complicated. Contrary to Henry’s advice, Abe falls in love and eventually marries.
What I really enjoyed about the movie was the way historical events and facts were taken and tweaked, adding the “what if” factor that good urban fantasy does so effectively. I also liked the film’s stylized violence, which made the fight scenes seem not quite so gory.
What did you think of the movie?
Snow White and the Huntsman
I loved this take on the classic story with its gorgeous set and imagery, and the queen was really pretty scary. I thought the movie had the feel of fairy tales at their most grim (sorry for the pun, but I couldn’t resist), and that it was enough of a departure from recent versions of the tale. I really enjoyed Mirror, Mirror, also, but that was a completely different approach to the story.
What did you think of Snow White and the Huntsman?
Despite the fact that as a kid I used to race home from school to see the show every afternoon (yes, when it was originally on), I am not a Dark Shadows purist, so the new interpretation did not upset me. In fact, I quite enjoyed this slightly skewed take on the original. Many people were upset with the humorous tone, but the movie did not get played as a comedy, in my opinion. I thought Johnny Depp made a good Barnabas, and he really seemed to be enjoying himself while doing so.
What about you? Did you like the movie, love it, or hate it?
Typically I am on board with whatever Joss Whedon does, and this movie was no exception. I can best describe the film as a great superhero character study adventure. Did you have a favorite character? On a related note, is it wrong of me to like Loki?
Please chime in with your thoughts on any of these films. Which movies that are already out do you still need to see? Which ones not out yet are you really looking forward to?
I have yet to see Men in Black 3.
Next week we will return to discussing television shows. Happy viewing!