two movies

November 4, 2019

It was a two movie weekend, one in theaters and one at home.

Terminator: Dark Fate. This was a lot of fun, and a return to form for a franchise that has gotten rather convoluted and unweildly. (Time travel, gah.)  This neatly cut through all that by being a direct sequel to Terminator 2 and ignoring everything else. This is Sarah Conner’s trilogy, and it feels like it was always meant to be this way.  Also manages to be super topical.  I’ll be doing a long review for Lightspeed, particularly in terms of Linda Hamilton’s/Sarah’s legacy as an iconic action hero. I will say this:  Schwarzenegger has mellowed delightfully, and while I wasn’t sure I really wanted him in this film, it turns out it was really nice seeing him return to this role one more time in a way that was satisfying.

The King.  This apparently had a limited release earlier in the year and is now on Netflix. This is a movie about Henry V.  More than that, it’s a completely revisionist version of Shakespeare’s Henry V. Once I figured out what was going on, I was astonished and completely drawn in. Guys, I love this film.  I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s like the filmmakers systematically addressed every point about the play that bugged them and then did it different. Like, Henry speaks fluent French because of course he would have.  Like, let’s say that women in political situations actually have useful observations and opinions about politics. Like, it wasn’t God and righteousness that won Agincourt, it was really good strategy that brilliantly utilized the English army’s particular strengths.  It’s also just a really well plotted and put together story. And cheeky as all get out, like there’s a moment when Falstaff just up and says, “I think the story is better this way, don’t you?” Zing.

And the fighting and battles and stuff is really good. Like, The Last Kingdom good, in that I think it should be required viewing for SCA folk. That stuff we do for fun on weekends? This is what it really looked like and it sucked rocks.

Timothée Chalamet plays Henry. He’s also playing Paul in the new Dune movie due out next year. I was not at all interested in a new Dune movie. Now, suddenly, I am, because of this actor.


One Response to “two movies”

  1. Carbonman Says:

    I’m glad someone besides me liked Terminator: Dark Fate. I thought it was a great return to the look and feel of the original 2 movies. The cast was excellent in their roles and I liked the pacing. The time travel arrival scenes weren’t overdone and the character development was reasonably logical.

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