Liked the book, and for some reason I didn't expect the movie to follow it, and of course it strayed, so it didn't bother me. A couple of scenes stood out for me - the first was when we're introduced to Aech - scorpions and everything. The second was the Kubrick sequence - especially when you expect to see Jack when you hear his exhaustive grunting has he hobbles through the snowed in labyrinth (so I guess you do see him) - then it lost me with the second dance sequence, which I could have done without.
Wife read the book, I didn't. Took the boy to see it over the weekend. Not a bad movie, but I think the gamers out there would enjoy it more than I did. Liked the 80's references, but found fault in the fact that no one worked, except the bad guys and the cops......
Posts: 91 | Location: Pa | Registered: September 20, 2007
Originally posted by josp: but I think the gamers out there would enjoy it more than I did.
As someone who spent about 1500hrs playing Destiny, I can tell you I was completely unimpressed by how they portrayed gamers. For example, there are few communities who exceed gamers in data mining ever since the first Easter eggs showed up in games. To suggest that millions of players were racing daily to obtain the first key (not in the book btw), and no one for 5-years ever drove in reverse? GTFO.
Posts: 1490 | Location: TX | Registered: October 28, 2010
The '80s pop culture, scifi, comic book, fantasy, video game, etc references are fun for viewers over 30 or those who are into that stuff. It's like playing trivia.
If you're expecting an engaging plot and character development, you'll most likely be disappointed, as the script was designed to appeal to viewers under 19. These same viewers will probably miss most of the pop culture references and Easter eggs, b/c how many teenagers for example, do you think have seen The Shining?
You could complain about plot holes all day, but IMHO, it's like complaining about plot holes in The Goonies. It's a turn-off-your-brain summer fluff adventure movie. Speaking of which, I was surprised they didn't release this movie over the summer. My friend pointed out that, it's probably b/c they didn't have enough confidence in RPO to release it around heavy hitters like Avengers: Infinity War and other blockbusters that start coming out in May.
Overall, I thought it was entertaining yet forgettable. I haven't read the book, and I didn't go in expecting much.
Posts: 1441 | Location: Texas | Registered: June 17, 2003
The book is great. I read it in 2013, and could not have imagined how they would have made it into a movie.
On a recent road trip to Albany, my wife and daughter (me too) listened to it read by Will Wheaton, and I really enjoyed it again. We saw it on Sunday, and the three of us universally thought that it did not even remotely live up to the book.
I read on Monday that Earnest Cline said in an interview, that the screenplay was written to not match the book. The movie had 80"s references not in the book, and the book had a bunch more that were not in the movie. Put them together, and it is still entertaining.
Nut up or Shut up!
Posts: 8186 | Location: 1200 yards out | Registered: January 20, 2010
I saw with Mrs. Highlander yesterday and we both liked it.
I don't understand why everyone is bitching it is not as good as the book. NEWSFLASH: the movie is NEVER as good as the book and we all know that. The only exception is Godfather 1&2 because they were great and Puzo's book was complete shit.
Edited 4/18 for not proofreading before posting and making myself look like an idiot.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Green Highlander,
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Originally posted by Green Highlander: NEWSFLASH: the book is NEVER as good as the movie and we all know that.
dafuq is this shit?
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