Monday, December 19, 2005

I love Ebert Movie Logic

I am a regular reader of Roger Ebert's movie review, and I really do appreciate his talent as a review writer. I may not agree with him all the time, but atleast he does a good job explaining why or why not he liked/didn't liked certain movies. Sometimes he even makes some excellent points. The following is a highlight from his 1997 review of Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, which he spends alot of time comparing to Air Force One, which came out around the same time:

There's a learning process that moviegoers go through. They begin in childhood without sophistication or much taste, and for example, like ``Gamera'' more than ``Air Force One'' because flying turtles are obviously more entertaining than United States presidents. Then they grow older and develop ``taste,'' and prefer ``Air Force One,'' which is better made and has big stars and a more plausible plot. (Isn't it more believable, after all, that a president could single-handedly wipe out a planeload of terrorists than that a giant turtle could spit gobs of flame?) Then, if they continue to grow older and wiser, they complete the circle and return to ``Gamera'' again, realizing that while both movies are preposterous, the turtle movie has the charm of utter goofiness--and, in an age of flawless special effects, it is somehow more fun to watch flawed ones.

Gamera is certainly <3ful. He's friend to all children.


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