Yeah, we did it. We ponied up the cash to see this film in the theatres.
It wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t good, either. I’d been reading a lot of buzz about how the movie really drops some pretty important balls, and I can’t say I disagree with any of the negative assessments I’ve come across. I would add to these criticisms some enthusiastic English-teacher scolding about how good stories are crafted; background for characters is important, interaction between characters that tells the audience important things about their histories or personalities is important, and for the love of all that is good and holy, we need to be able to relate (or, at least, sympathize) with characters. Oy.
I will give it this, though; it was a fascinating movie to look at. The visual effects were engaging, the costumes were complex and interesting, and the landscapes were convincing. I don’t really feel that was enough to make up for the poor storytelling, though, and I’m kind of wishing I’d stood my ground in insisting we wait for the DVD release of this one. There was SO much potential in this film – opportunity for the story to ask us important questions about power and relationships and loyalty and sacrifice – but all that potential was squandered in a flurry of feathers, tired cliches, and a few throw-away one-liners.