Mortal Engines (Spoilers)

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Mortal Engines (Spoilers)

Post by Lost Soal » 2018-12-08 02:47pm

So, just got back from seeing Mortal Engines which I was quite looking forward to, and it was...
Ugghhhh.
I decided to read the book a month ago so now I'm trying to decide if my problems are with the adaptation or that it's really just a meh film,
The opening of the film erases the mystery of the book and tells you what Madusa is, introduces a killswitch which didn't exist and a huge stock of weapons grade tech which Tom had managed to hide away, somehow.
There are an awful lot of conveniances that are thrown in, characters and motivations changed, two characters which were important are now made utterly pointless and the tragic elements which did exist in Thaddeus Valentine are now gone.
The final battle against London bares some striking similarities to Star Wars except someone decided they wanted a happy ending so the population of London now survive and are welcomed with open arms into shan guo.

So yeah, didn't like it. It is possible I concentrated too hard on the changes from the source but I don't think it would sour me as much as it has.
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Re: Mortal Engines (Spoilers)

Post by LadyTevar » 2018-12-08 10:25pm

If you HAVEN'T read the book... how is it?
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Re: Mortal Engines (Spoilers)

Post by Sea Skimmer » 2018-12-08 11:53pm

A shame but not unexpected given how downright incoherent the trailers are. Sounds like someone decided blowing up the population of London was too pro terrorism even though the whole place is literally a weapon of war in this universe and literally depicted as part of a food chain. Steampunk source material is like 9 times out of 10 all about the brutal destruction of whole cultures and ideas that are already bent on destroying each other with WMDs, just like colonialism was, if you don't want to make a movie about that maybe don't make a steampunk film? Too bad but I'm really surprised this ever became a movie, I had thought the movie industry flirtation with steampunk was dead for the time being.

I might still go see it anyway because I want people to at least try to make movies like this. I wasn't astounded by the source material so I can accept changes in general.

Shame nobody will ever make a movie about The Angel of the Revolution because it contains far too many blatant racial themes to be easily edited out, if ones which are entirely pro Anglosaxon nationalism rather then say, purely simplistic white power based nonsense, and the basic plot is about how much the Tsar sucks and how revolution will come out of Russia. That book is pretty epic in its level of 1893 air power crazy and grandiose themes from an author who was working at the height of yellow journalism.
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Re: Mortal Engines (Spoilers)

Post by Lost Soal » 2018-12-09 08:32am

Leaving aside the adaptation, this still has problems.
In the opening 5 minutes we're told about Madusa and the killswitch to shut it down, shortly after we're told that something is being built in St Pauls Cathedral. Towards the end when the protagonists piecwe together whats happening it's done side by side with Katherine and Bevis seeing Madusa be eactivated and it's treated as some grand revelation, except everyone in the audiance knows what it is, and has done for over an hour. At this point Bevis just disappears,never to be seen or mentioned again.

There are silly referance jokes such as statues of the Minions being in the museum and referred to as American gods, and there is an Ebay reference. In a time when no one could have even heard of Ebay.

The visuals are really good and the actors all do fine jobs. Some decent action scenes which aren't destroyed by lots of cuts. It's a passible movie but not worth paying cinema prices for.
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Re: Mortal Engines (Spoilers)

Post by Vendetta » 2018-12-09 08:47am

Lost Soal wrote:
2018-12-09 08:32am
There are silly referance jokes such as statues of the Minions being in the museum and referred to as American gods,
That, at least, was in the book.

Except it was a thinly veiled reference to Mickey Mouse.

But y'know, Illumination are a subsidiary of Universal.



Oh well, I'm hearing Into the Spider-Verse is good, so I'll go see that instead.

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