Incredible. That’s the one word I’d use to describe this film if I was only given one. Incredible.
From the completely fantastic CGI, to the story telling, to the way it’s all laid out and placed so delicately in front of you, it’s fantastic all around.
Is it perfect? No. Do I think that everyone will love this movie? No. And here’s why:
The standard norm for telling a story isn’t present here. The usual beginning, middle and end are all here, but they’re not presented in a standard format. The timeline of the film jumps around a lot, as that’s part of the primary story. There’s a lot of repetition of days, but the way it’s done is visually appealing and doesn’t cause you – the viewer – to get lost at all. At least it didn’t for me.
It’s been compared – a lot – to Groundhog Day. I think this comparison comes from people that are too unclever to appreciate this movie’s true genius. They compare it to the only other film in recent memory in which the main character (or characters) end up repeating the same day over and over again. But Edge of Tomorrow is so much more than that. It’s an action movie, filled with epic battles, and character arcs, and mystery, and aliens. It’s filled with frustration of trying to understand why things are happening the way they are, and why our heroes can’t get past certain challenges.
It’s a story of a journey, an often frustrating one for the characters. It’s a story of a battle for Earth, the fight to maintain the human race while a new breed of super Aliens tries to take over the planet.
I was completely opposed to wanting to watch this at first. I mean, Tom Cruise, right? C’mon. When was the last good Tom Cruise movie? Interview With the Vampire? Vanilla Sky?(Ugh, according to his IMdB page, they’re filming Mission Impossible 5 right now. Ugh.) I was so uninterested in watching it, I put it off all week and finally gave in last night because there was nothing better to watch. I was completely taken by surprise at how much I enjoyed it.
The special effects work, specifically the CGI is top notch. The imaginations of those creating this new – previously never before seen – alien race and the backstory that accompanied them is incredible. Imagine an octopus on steroids, but fifty times larger and that moves at speeds you’ve never seen aliens move before. It’s incredible.
My only problem with the movie, as you can guess, is Tom Cruise. He could have very easily been transplanted from any of his other movie roles into this one. The acting’s the same, the dialogue is almost interchangeable, and his overall demeanor seems to never change in the characters he’s playing. I suppose one could argue that Emily Blunt’s character is also a bit washy. She starts out as this amazing badass, one that the men fear and the stories follow her around. And then, by the end of the movie, she seems to be incapable of doing anything on her own without teeny-tiny-Tom Cruise. Kind of a waste, in my opinion.
That said, I really enjoyed the movie. You may not like the way the story’s told, how it jumps around and repeats itself a lot, but I thought it was quite well done.
Jason Segel is funny. There’s no doubt about that. And, based on the movies he’s written, he’s had his heart smashed to a million pieces more times than one person should have to endure. I’m a huge “How I Met Your Mother” fan, and especially of Segel’s.
The Five-Year Engagement is another movie that Segel has his hand in writing. And after the hilarious Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I wanted to check this out.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s long. It’s a two hour plus comedy. And there are a lot of points of downtime. Many times throughout I felt that it was dragging along, and would have definitely edited out some parts of it, were I an editor. That’s not to say that each scene couldn’t be seen as important to the plot of the story, but they could have trimmed some bits to save on time.
I laughed quite a bit throughout. Not as hard as Sarah Marshall, but still enough to say I enjoyed it.
What I most definitely enjoyed was the last 15-20 minutes. There is an amazing payoff at the end of the movie. My gut reaction when it happened was (and I said outloud), “it took way too long to get there, but I’m glad that’s where it went”.
Overall I enjoyed the movie. It may me laugh, (almost) cry, and root for the characters. The title may be a bit misleading, but it’s still worth seeing. A good ol’ fashioned romantic comedy that you can snuggle up and watch with someone you love. (Be warned though, there are some sad parts throughout!)
The most recent addition to Gulliver’s Travels is Amanda Peet.
I know what you’re thinking, “Oh god, another remake?!” Yes, another remake. The typical Hollywood tale, take a classic, throw a bunch of stars at it, and hope it makes money. Do not come up with something original.
The cast now includes Amada Peet, who joins Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel and Chris O’Dowd.
Filming has already begun, and Gulliver’s Travels is scheduled for a June 4, 2010 release.