Your are viewing a read-only archive of the old DiS boards. Please hit the Community button above to engage with the DiS !
i saw today that this got only two or three stars in empire? what is the deal? i really enjoyed it.
so be gentle.
The CGI in particular looks rubbish, like they just use CGI for everything. Is the CGI rubbish?
with hardly any redeeming features.
IT WAS FUN, and the mental asylum bits freaked me out
No real story to it all. Hopkins acts all spooky and like he knows something about the nature of everyone's inner beast without really ever letting us in on it.
There are some pretty sweet eviscerations in it though and Emily Blunt is extremely pleasant to look at, so it wasn't all bad.
It kept threatening to be about something, whether that something was gypsy magic (and/or some kind of anti-racism thing when the gypsies get blamed), then there's a long spell where it looks like it might have some sort of point about hopkins being a "beast" of a father, ooh look, is it actually saying something about the nature of mental illness? Oh, no actually here's 2 cheap looking cgi wolves fighting in some cheap cgi fire the end.
Having said that I did quite enjoy it as some of the dialogue was unintentionally (I assume) amusing, and I jumped when I was meant to jump. Not sure if that was something they did well or if the Ritzy cinema in Brixton just had unusually good bass response for the bits that went BANG.
it was just a series of events rather than any coherent story.
Hopkins' accent seems to wander around the British Isles before settling somewhere in the sea between Ireland and Scotland.
An awful script not helped by awful performances by everyone barring Hugo Weaving.
Del Toro's emotions seem to be stuck on the extremes deeply confused or miserable. I can only imagine that these are his genuine emotions after realising what he let himself in for.
There was absoltely no sense of suspense, tension or fear, 3 tenets of any decent "horror" film.
Anthony Hopkins' werewolf at the end looked like it had Down's Syndrome.