Monday, August 21, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different

Let's try this out - a post that's not about poker. What to write about though? Since I leave my personal life out of this, that limits things. So I may as well write about.... SNAKES ON A PLANE!

Yah, me and the rest of the world. Like I've said in the past, I'm crazy original that way.

So I, like many, have been aware of this cinematic tour de force for a while. I knew the stories about the title, Samuel L. Jackson, and all that other stuff before it hit the mainstream media. I mean, I LOVE so-bad-they're-good movies, how could I not know? My only fear was that my expectations were too high.

I'm happy to report that no, they were not. The movie delivered in spades. Over-the-top scenes, dialogue meant to make the audience cheer, a bit of gore and some cheesiness... they were all present and accounted for. What really and truly made it though was the audience participation. The hisses from the crowd when the titles came up, and whenever the movie wasn't moving at the right pace (ie.- touching, human moments... or tense ones... or boring ones); the shouted lines of commentary ("Get on the plane!"); the rubber snakes thrown in the audience; it was all good. This is a movie destined to follow in the footsteps of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. True, there aren't nearly as many costumes to choose from, but there could be an entire script's worth of bon mots and question-response lines to be added by the audience. Many a drinking game will also be played I'm sure.

The most unexepted part though? That it wasn't actually THAT bad. There were one or two legitimate "jump" moments when you got surprised. The acting, while not great, was far better than most B movies you'll ever see. There were jumps in logic, but the movie plowed through them so they didn't destroy suspension of disbelief. To be fair, there were even some scenes that were smart, and made you think "Right! Of course! I can't believe I didn't think of that." It was fun, and I hope it does well.

It'll be in my DVD collection when it comes out. Right there with Death Race 2000, Return of the Living Dead, Revenge of the Killer Tomatoes, I'm Gonna Git U Sucka, and all the Evil Dead movies. Now if I could only find Nice Girls Don't Explode....

1 comment:

Guin said...

Shame that not everyone ran out to watch this movie... one stock I look at is down because of this damn thing not crushing the box office among other things.