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15th-May-2003 12:00 am
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
After the gym I went out and saw X2 tonight. It was good, but I'm not sure I'd say it was better than the first one. Sadly I had one of the significant plot points spoiled for me ahead of time. There were maybe ten people in the theater (I think most of their target audience was in line for The Matrix.)

Non-spoiling comments:
I didn't think about it until afterwards, but they didn't have the sort of terribly intrusive music of which Daredevil was chock full.
Still not crazy about James Marsden as Cyclops. Too young compared to the rest of the cast and just not right in ways I'm not sure I can articulate.

Way back when I read most of the X-Men titles (starting with the new X-Men when they gained Storm, Wolverine, etc.) up until the mid-nineties. My mother bought them and I read them but then I went off to college and only read them on vacations, then I graduated (and at some point I think she may have stopped buying them.) I remember some stuff but there's plenty I don't.

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15th-May-2003 06:48 am (UTC)
There were significant plot points? I thought that movie was like cotton candy - sweet, fun, and without substance. I now understand why Famke avoided some questions when on the Daily Show, but I can't think of what else could "spoil" it.
15th-May-2003 09:08 am (UTC)
Another LJ user I know mentioned that someone died in the movie. Even with my somewhat limited knowledge of the X-Men mythos it was pretty clear who that person would be. I thought they handled it well (especially with the subtle Phoenix bit at the end) but I would have liked to at least have it come as something of a surprise.
15th-May-2003 09:12 am (UTC)
That makes sense. A friend spoiled that for me as well sometime after seeing Famke's interview and before seeing the movie. The surprise would have been nice.
15th-May-2003 09:22 am (UTC)
I hate knowing much of anything about a movie before I see it. With movies like X-Men2 it isn't as bad since I know something of the story from the comics, but that doesn't mean I know which story they'll be using. I try to avoid trailers for movies I really want to see because they generally give away way too much about the story. (I considered closing my eyes during the Matrix trailer last night but couldn't resist.)

I saw The Sixth Sense without even knowing there was some big secret about the movie. (We saw it opening weekend because of some miscommunication in our attempt to see Drop Dead Gorgeous.) I don't think I'd have liked it as much if I were wondering the entire time what the big secret was.
15th-May-2003 10:12 am (UTC)
Good points. I saw The Crying Game with almost no idea what the movie was about, which worked very well. I knew that The Sixth Sense had a twist and figured it out very quickly. The movie would have been better if I hadn't been trying to figure it out. A friend has gone a step further and pointed out that the movie had two twists, the first being that the kid sees dead people. It's in all the previews, but isn't actually revealed in the movie for a while.

I saw Fight Club for the second time with a person who was pestering me to tell him the twist. I told him that he'd never guess so he might as well just enjoy the film. He was whispering guesses to me all through the movie. It was annoying, and he didn't see the actual twist at all.
15th-May-2003 12:11 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten about the ads. I did know that the kid saw dead people and I remember thinking it would have been better if they hadn't included that.

I don't remember knowing about any big twist before I saw Fight Club. I can't imagine pestering someone to tell me about the ending of a movie I'm about to see.

I remember in school Bret told me the basic plot of Soylent Green before I saw it. I hadn't realized it was a big surprise so the movie probably wasn't as good as it could have been.

I think this is an interesting article on the topic: http://www.povonline.com/cols/COL192.htm
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