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06 August 2008 @ 12:02 am
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elvinborn and I just went to see Get Smart.

When it comes to DVD, it will be mine.  There really aren't words to describe how much fun that movie is... it's just... lots and lots of fun.  And it contains some of the best action scenes I've ever seen, in what is mostly a comedy.

It's not just funny, it's not just satisfying, it's not just exciting... it's sweet.  And I guess I can't call Dwayne Johnson the Rock anymore, but I can still enjoy him.  Also, apparently everybody in the world decided to guest star in it.

Basically, Get Smart was a present from Peter Segal to me.  I'm not sure how he knew, but I thank him just the same.

Now, Sunday matinee, I went by myself to go see Dark Knight.

I meant to post about it earlier, actually.

I'm not sure I have the words right now for Momentous Striking Terrifying Incredible Movie when I'm still buzzing from Happy Fun Movie.  Let's see... Dark Knight was beautiful.  It was meaningful.  And the terror, by and large, was that adult kind of terror -- the kind you feel when you know you are about to see something horrible happen that you really don't want to have happen, that you really want to see stopped.  The audience really has to earn the hero.

Everybody is fantastic in it... and I'm not sure who went and taught Gary Oldman how to be subtle.  When did that happen?

Everything that can be said about Heath Ledger's role in the movie has been said already.  If there were anything I could say that would somehow encapsulate what this performance means in the wake of his departure... but there's nothing.

But since I don't want to end on a weepy note, I will at least say that Christian Bale's gravelly BatVoice annoys the crap out of me.  Everyone is already asking how on earth this film can be continued upon... my own very small wish is that they continue it with a film that contains a subplot about how Batman decides that it's okay if he just talks normally.
Current Mood: enthralledenthralled
Flirty By Naturegeogre on August 6th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Ahem, you just saw the movie that inspired the use of gravelly BatVoice. It was Howl's Moving Castle. When Howl is playing Big Bird and doesn't want Sofi to see him, Bale came up with gravelly BatVoice to scare her away.

Cross that with the guy who has done Batman's voice on the cartoon the past several years uses a darker voice for Batman, and you have a thing.

Now why they went from just Bale's voice in Begins to the "digitally enhanced" and "now even scratchier!" Knight voice, I dunno. You not the only one complaining about it tho. :-)

This comment is mildly informative, but without a point. To sum up, Gary Oldman is my hero.
rogue equestrian: Firefly:: Kaylee Savor Strawberryelvinborn on August 6th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Gary Oldman is my hero too, but for entirely different reasons :)
Hostes alienigeni me abduxerunt. Qui annus est?: impressedfreyja on August 6th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
i think the batvoice is pretty hilarious, just because i take it at face value and imagine that bruce wayne thinks he's being mighty clever disguising his voice in that way.

i agree about the terror thing too; it's very rare that i don't root for the villain, especially a clever one. but the joker really scared me.
Rain: filmhypnagogie on August 6th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
The BatVoice is dumb. I do not think you give Gary Oldman enough credit. He is ridiculously talented. And yeah...I've never seen a movie that left me literally unable to speak for a good 20 minutes afterward because I was so stunned and sad and scared by its premises or its performances. Man.

I haven't seen Get Smart yet, but I want to. :)
ryoko: Glanceturdburgler on August 6th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
Hmm, well, I may have to go see this movie afterall. Even if it only has like 1min of Scarecrow footage (and short hair, waah!).
mikebmike_b on August 6th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
get smart
Out of curiosity, how much of a fan were you of the old series?

And rowrrr, Agent 99.
rogue equestrian: DF:: Harry sorta smileelvinborn on August 6th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: get smart
personally, I adored the tv show. And I thought the movie was wonderful and funny, and made by people who loved the show.
Wiseacreewin on August 6th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Re: get smart
I was a fan as a kid... which means not much of a fan at all, because I wasn't really old enough to know what was going on. :)
rogue equestrian: DH:: Gettin the Evil ONelvinborn on August 6th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
I think it's just that you've only now met Gary Oldman. The man is one of the most gifted actors out there.