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Batman, the Joker, and Journey to the Center of the Earth

Batman, the Joker, and Journey to the Center of the Earth

We love our movies.  New ones, old ones, good ones and bad.  Every once in a while we like to comment on one.

August 10, 2008

Heath Ledger.

Heath Ledger.

I know everybody is saying it, but boy is Heath Ledger good in the new Batman movie.

Omar and I went a couple of weeks ago, and both agree that Heath as the Joker gives an amazing performance.  He is at once repulsive and beguiling, creepy beyond words and funny as all get-out.  The scene where he is dressed in nurse drag, mumbling and lip-smacking and fiddling with a malfunctioning control to blow up a hospital is both nightmarish and hilarious.  Rarely has surrealism worked so well for a character.

The rest of the movie is fine.  Things explode and cars flip and damsels are in distress.  Gadget hounds get their fill.

But Heath steals the show.

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Brandon Fraser

Brandon Fraser

We like Brandon Fraser, and have enjoyed many of his movies.  If you haven’t seen “Of Gods and Monsters,” about “Frankenstein” director James Whale, you are in for a treat.  So of course we went to “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” to see Brendan in 3-D.

It was tough to figure out which screens were showing “Journey” in 3-D and which were flat.  One mall has IMAX theaters, but “Batman” was playing there.

We finally found the one 3-D screen in town, at Gran Plaza, and went to stand in line.  The movie was dubbed (we prefer subtitles), but we were happy to get in.  It was packed.

From the first shot—a trilobite turning to the camera and extending antennae to within a foot of your nose—the effects are wonderful.  Several times I gave in and reached up to grab images floating seemingly within arm’s reach—with Omar digging a rib into my side (he’s fun, but doesn’t like foolishness in public).  Dandelion fluff floated inches from our eyes, Tochi jumped a foot when and a long-toothed fish leapt from the screen.

I hadn’t seen a 3-D movie since an ‘80’s revival of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (and Tochi had never seen one) so a good time was had by all.

If you can’t get to a 3-D screen, I’d skip the movie.  It is attractive and fast paced, but reminds me of cotton candy.  It looks cool, but once you start in you realize there is very little to it—although the gigantic, murderous Venus Flytraps made me want one for the children in our park.  And with all the roughhousing, you would think Brendan would at least get his shirt ripped off.  But no.  What a waste of pulchritude.

Dan and Omar

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