James steals it. Energy, range, buffness, the lot. It’s hard to see anyone else and although Bruce plays the subdued anti-hero really well he doesn’t have much to do. Samuel is a nice cerebral villain but again doesn’t need to do much. As for the rest, well, just two dimensions to fill in the story. Not bad but with very little script.
Production values are fine and the special effects are seamless but the problem is that the plot doesn’t go in the normal direction, in fact it doesn’t really go in any direction. Bit more of a set up for something else rather than a film for itself.
However…I’ve had some of the scenes rattling in my head now for a day afterwards so there’s obviously something niggling away at me.
It’s the plot. There’s constant references to comics and superheroes and not being what they seem to be. It’s all in there, all the questions that might be asked, but I didn’t get the involvement I wanted, more in a seemingly silly way by people I didn’t believe in. Maybe it’s the direction or the script but I wanted everything to be a bit darker, three dimensional and gritty. Instead there’s a sort of simplistic narrative that would be better if the main actors weren’t such big stars. I think they overshadowed the main point of the film and indeed the three films together. I kept expecting them to do something more.
Maybe that’s the point. Maybe that expectation is what Mr Night Shyamalan is trying to shatter. Maybe there’s too many smooth caped films out there.
Film – any good? I think so but don’t expect the blockbuster and explosions or even the ending you might want. Kind of think it’s good to have seen, especially for James, but not a fully realised idea although I can’t put my finger on why.
Keep a look out for the credits that James gets.
DVD extras: None.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Then keep DVD?
Then watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?