I went to see the special screening of “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and as a “Trekkie” (meaning a Star Trek fan who is quite comfortable with the characters and history), I was expecting a lot. I grew up watching the reruns of the original cast on tv and saw the movies made during the 1980′s. So do you need to know all the nostalgia and background to enjoy this movie? Not necessarily, but if you do, you will enjoy it that much more.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” has long taunted filmmakers with its deceitfully simple yet subtle prose. I am not familiar with the 1949 film noir adaptation starring Alan Ladd much less with the 2000 made-for-cable one starring Toby Stephens. However, I did sit through the 1974 version directed by Jack Clayton and starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow for a film class in college right after reading Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. To this day it stands as a classic textbook example of what not to do when adapting a work of literature to another medium. Sometimes a book IS better than the movie and should be left well enough alone.
I was privileged enough to attend a preview screening of Ironman 3 on Wednesday and here is a high level “is it worth the hype” review. For movies in the mainstream, there are 2 categories of movie goers: those who enjoy a movie for what it is, and those who have read the character for several years and are now able to see them come to life on the screen. I’ll be focusing on the movie goer experience.