With Lord of the Rings people as its backing, it is stunning how blatantly this movie struggles with scale. How big is MechaLondonOnWheels? How big is anything after "the tectonic plates shifted"? Leads have no chemistry, and no amount of cgi romantic purple sky can fix that. Get that it is supposed to look and feel lived in, but it just comes off looking like a cheap version of an expensive movie.
I respect it for being so un-apologetically weird and different and it's kind of hard not to be amazed by the production design. Too bad the characters are bland and generic, but hey at least it's different and singular and in the age of franchises and multi connected universes, that's all it needed to be...
"Come ti ho creato, così ti distruggo." è una cosa che mi diceva anche mia madre quando si arrabbiava. L'idea delle città predatrici è originale, specialmente in un filone cinematografico trito e ritrito come il post apocalittico, ma il resto della sceneggiatura è piuttosto banale. Visivamente spettacolare, ma senza sostanza e la sola idea veramente bella del film (le città come macchine) è sprecata nel trailer.
"Mortal Engines" feels like what would have been a 5-minute 'proof of concept' CG short film created by Square-Enix in 2005 to promote an upcoming "Final Fantasy" game before the launch of the Playstation 3—yet here it's preposterously extended to two hours. It's been awhile since I've seen such lavish design and production values exhausted on a property that is this decidedly uncool. Honestly, I kind of dug it.
Vistosa, entretenida y totalmente predecible cinta en la cuál resulta evidente la mano de Peter Jackson para conseguir espéctaculos multimillonarios con miras a convertirse en una nueva y redituable franquicia, pero que a pesar de los cuantiosos medios y los talentos involucrados, no logra convencer del todo, por lo que la muy probable cancelación de las secuelas, termina por no importarle gran cosa al espectador.
I've been mulling this one over since I saw it, and I'm thinking the same things I thought when I saw Valerian; really cool high-concept adaptation largely unknown within the U.S; totally fails to bring in an audience because the concept can't be explained within a 2-minute trailer; and fails to make full sense of all the moving plot points for a new audience. Despite all that, 60% of the time I liked it just fine.