Monday, May 21, 2012
Battleship review; not nearly as bad as some are saying
Battleship, the movie? Sounds terrible right? A movie based on a board game where the objective was basically to guess coordinates. Well, Peter Berg didn't see it that way. From the minute he signed on as director, he was begging audiences to give his film a chance. When the studio saw that American's were already 'knockin' it before tryin' it', they decided to release the movie overseas a month before the United States. The outcome? Well, let's go.
What I liked about the film:
Taylor Kitsch's character is a hot headed young man who's joined the Navy after his older brother (played by Alexander Skarsgard), refuses to financially support him any longer. Skarsgard's character is a captain in the Navy and is the man in charge once the navy begins their war on the aliens. What's important to note is, Kitsch's character actually does experience a growth, a nice arc. He may not be the best actor doing these genre films, but he is getting better with every performance.
The Action/Special Effects
Eric and Jon Hoeber wrote a simple, action packed script with some bad cliches. But Berg choreographed some great action that made even the most mundane objectives exciting. I especially liked the way the filmmaker incorporated the simple strategy of the board game into the film, without throwing it right in our faces. Those hating on this aspect of the film need to get over it.
What I didn't like about the film:
Liam Neeson is restricted to a few scenes from a chair. Brooklyn Decker plays his daughter, and Kitsch's love interest... for no reason. She literally serves no purpose to the film, other than eye candy. Then there is singer/actress Rihanna. She is a pleasure to look at, but again, has nothing to do in the film that a nameless character couldn't have done for her. The trailer sold her as the daughter of a Navy veteran who predicted the alien attacks. But the script does nothing to further explore that one line of dialogue.
Berg > Bay