Thursday night a few of us gathered at the Von Wootens' to (re)watch the original Manchurian Candidate. Then a lesser few of us went Friday night to see the new one.
I enjoyed it. Just like with the original, it's quirky and has parts that I think could have been done better. The plot isn't as tight as the first one, though this one is better for the contemporary setting. Sometimes Demme's filmmaking style gets in the way, I thought. Though the Dallas Observer seemed to think this was the film's strength. They viewed it as more of a dark comic attack of the current president.
Meryl was fantabulous as always. And I must say I prefered Denzel to Frank.
The weirdest moment was when the new one had one instance of Freudianism. The original film was thoroughly Freudian and this one wasn't, so the one extreme moment was rather out of place.
Then, today, I saw The Village. Stylistically I really liked it. But it wasn't as satisfying as other Shyamalan films. For one thing, you now immediately start trying to figure out the "twist" when you go to one of his films. Which means that it is pretty impossible to hide it. I got this one pretty damn quickly, which sorta spoils the film. I wish that they had not revealed, in the movie, the truth about the monsters before Ivy takes her journey into the woods. It would have made her journey scarier. This was really the best part of the film and could have been played up more than it was.
The Manchurian Candidate: 3 1/2 popcorn balls & 2 1/2 film reels
The Village: 3 popcorn balls & 3 film reels
I, Robot: 2 1/2 pocorn balls & 1 film reel