Thoughts for Thursday: Fast, Super, Short, and Magical.

Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of “Thoughts for Thursday” – the segment where I, the author, write about a few random things that tickle my fancy.

1.)  Sonic 4.  First off, a confession – yes, I’m a big fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog games.  I grew up with a Sega Genesis, so Sonic was the first videogame I ever played.  I literally can’t count the amount of times I’ve played the Genesis games all the way through.  I’ve even played a majority of the mediocre, not-as-well-received modern games (some were decent, others could’ve used a lot of work).  With all that knowledge, you can understand why I’m really looking forward to the release of Sonic 4: Episode 1 next week.  I’m slightly apprehensive, given Sega’s track record with the blue mascot, but I’m still looking forward to it.  I haven’t played a good side-scrolling Sonic game since Sonic Advance on the GBA (Sonic Rush for the DS was good, but not much like the classic Genesis days).  Of course, the fact that Sega’s calling this “Sonic 4” is pretty risky.  I’m sure they can make a good side-scrolling game, but as good as the Genesis classics?  We’ll find out next week when it releases for all three major consoles.

2.)  Superman.  So Supe’s getting a reboot (what superhero isn’t these days?).  We’ve known this for awhile.  We’ve also known that money-maker Chris Nolan, the man who made Batman cool again, is producing the flick.  But, this week, they finally announced the new director – Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen).  Now, I haven’t seen Snyder’s films, but I’m not too thrilled with the choice.  Having watched trailers and read movie reviews, it would appear many of Snyder’s films tout style over substance (the only thing anyone took away from 300 was “This is SPARTA!” and “The whole thing was green-screened!”).  Watchmen, while apparently pretty close to the source material, was mostly reviewed as mediocre for a film (personally, I couldn’t bring myself to watch a blue, naked, glowing man).  We’ll see what Synder does with the film (especially with someone like Chris Nolan – who likes to keep his movies grounded in some level of realism – producing), but what could’ve been a good retelling has me somewhat worried.

3.) The Hobbit.  Alright, I’m beginning to think this movie is cursed or something.  First, the studio financially backing half the movie goes bankrupt.  Endless delays ensue.  Then, the movie loses its director, Guillermo del Toro (who I actually approved of).  More delays continue.  Then, an actor’s union in New Zealand boycotts the film and demands all union actors follow suit.  Negotiations are attempted but not completed, and the situation remains unresolved.  (Oh, and let’s not forget the fire that destroyed one of the warehouses where filming for the movie was supposedly going to take place). Despite all that has happened so far, many insiders are still convinced this movie will happen.  My fingers are certainly crossed on that one.  Word on the street is that the financial situation could be resolved at any time now – meaning there’s only the union dispute to hinder The Hobbit from happening.  Honestly, I’m not sure why the union is continuing with this dispute – Peter Jackson and crew are very seriously considering moving the production to another location, which would severely hurt New Zealand in the long run (I mean, really, New Zealand has been the land of Middle Earth for years – do they really want to ruin that?).  Supposedly, PJ has the New Zealand government on his side (with the Prime Minister himself helping with negotiations), but, if the production moves (which is still a possibility), I would understand.  I wouldn’t be exceptionally happy about it, since New Zealand worked so well for Lord of the Rings (which are my favorite movies ever), but I would understand.  The movie’s had enough setbacks already.

4.) Harry Potter.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I finally saw the first three Harry Potter movies.  My first reaction?  I assume acting skills come with age.  The first movie especially was plagued by far too many child actors who were merely reading off lines they had probably just barely memorized.  Of course, a lot of the adult actors seemed to overcompensate for this by giving overly dramatic performances.  And the CGI?  It was a crap-tacular.  Of course, the first few books in the series themselves were pretty mediocre, so I can’t blame the movies for any problems with the plot.  Actually, come to think of it, the movies were pretty close to the books.  It’s always difficult to review a movie that’s based on a book you’ve read, though.  For one, there’s the continual comparison to its source material, but there’s always the reality that what works well on paper doesn’t always work on film.  The third film was definitely the strongest of the three, however.  Not necessarily for plot, or even for acting (though both were slightly improved), but mostly because the childish visuals of the first two films were replaced by a more realistic approach.  Now, if everyone took acting lessons, then we’d really be getting somewhere.

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~ by digitallysmitten on October 7, 2010.

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