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After Earth Epic

We went to the drive-in Thursday and saw Epic and After Earth ...

(That reminds me, on an unrelated note: I submitted my novel Coming Attractions to Harlequin Special Editions -- keep your fingers crossed.)

Epic was -- well, epic. Great movie, something that really is fun for both young and old, and you can take your kids to it without being embarrassed or bored.

After Earth was not epic. However, it also wasn't nearly as bad as people are making it out to be. I think there's a backlash thing going on here: People have decided they hate Will Smith and his son working together, and they hate M. Night Shyamalan, so both will automatically be dismissed without being given an objective chance. Don't get me wrong: It's not a great movie. It's just not horrible, either. It's one of Shyamalan's better efforts as a director (which isn't saying much, in recent years) and for the most part isn't as filled with the long, slow takes or now stereotypical twists of his other movies. The elder Smith isn't given much to do (although I understand he was heavily involved behind the scenes); the younger Smith isn't a bad actor for his age (which again, isn't saying much) but also isn't ready to carry almost the entire movie on his own, which he attempts here.

The worst part about After Earth is that the really cool effects and cinematography are paired with some of the worst, most ridiculously wrong science in the history of space opera, and that's going some. You science fiction writers, watch it when it comes out on video for examples of what not to do.


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Jun. 15th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
good luck to you.

After Earth looks like a rental for me. glad it's not as bad as it's reception has been
Jun. 16th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
Well, *I* don't think it is. Keep in mind that I'm easily entertained. (Although Emily agreed with me, and she's a much harder sell.)
Jun. 16th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's all a matter of taste
Jun. 16th, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
I think I'll also wait for the rental.
Jun. 16th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
Can't say I blame you.
Jun. 16th, 2013 06:01 am (UTC)
I quite enjoyed Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid but then I liked that because of Jackie Chan and the acting from both wasn't really very good. I shall wait for the DVD - thanks for the heads up!
Jun. 16th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
I love Jackie Chan in anything -- no matter what the acting!
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Jun. 20th, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
The drive-in is an awesome experience! Of course, there are drawbacks: The picture can be a bit faded out at the beginning of the first movie, because it's still a little light out, and of course you're not in air conditioning so it can get hot, or sometimes cold. But there's just an ... atmosphere to it. There's something about it that's so original to the movie experience, so uniquely American -- and much cheaper than the usual movie going experience.

Well, I wrote a whole novel centered around a drive-in, so there must be something to it. :-)

Absolutely we can sing the Flintstones theme while there! I'm generally a pretty dull person, but I do like to sing badly. I do know all about stuff not panning out, though; we'll have to keep our fingers crossed that it will all come together sometime.
Jun. 20th, 2013 08:43 am (UTC)
Yes, and I can bring our dino-sized dog and a rack of ribs for the side of the car.

On weekend nights or anytime they have a crowd, they even do a raffle with all the ticket numbers during the intermission. So you may even get FREE Junk Food, or tickets or whatever.
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Jun. 20th, 2013 10:32 am (UTC)
It's not Heaven -- it's Indiana!

The main difference being, we have humidity and mosquitoes.
Jun. 20th, 2013 10:31 am (UTC)
Those ribs are wonderful, except of course that they keep tipping the car over.
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