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I will forever lust after the Ken Burns documentary version of the book that will never and could never be made.

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Edgar Allan Poe said on June 22nd, 2013 at 8:38 pm

I too, want a 12-hour Ken Burns documentary instead of this. I’d also describe John Carter as above-average, though.

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Alegretto said on June 22nd, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Caution????

I’m not blasting your review of anything, since I respect your judgement on these things and haven’t actually seen the film, but I am surprised to see “caution” mentioned in a review for a movie with a tidal wave of zombies in it.

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Darren K said on June 23rd, 2013 at 2:44 am

While grammatically legal, is the semi-colon really in the *spirit* of a single-sentence review?

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@Alegretto

That’s the whole point, though. World War Z the novel is written as an oral history of the near-apocalypse in which the zombies themselves are simply a catalyst.

‘Tidal wave of zombies’ is, literally, the safest thing you could do with that. It’s a giant visual spectacle, and as we all know, Hollywood is totally loathe to spend money on giant visual spectacles with weak plotting and huge stars attached.

World War Z is far from bad, but it’s basically a bunch of action sequences strung together with as little talking as possible between them. That’s… safe moviemaking. Hence the word cautious.

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“While grammatically legal, is the semi-colon really in the *spirit* of a single-sentence review?”

MGK’s grammar is technically correct…the best kind of correct.

The thing about people pre-judging movies is, well, it doesn’t seem like a stretch that if you take a book that’s done in a certain style and then turn it into a movie that essentially resembles Hollywood Action Blockbuster #764732-A then yeah, they’re probably going to judge the shit out of that. Like, even if the movie itself is average with moments that verge into “good” territory…which honestly isn’t a ringing endorsement…Brad Pitt/the studio/whoever’s idea it was to make the movie the way it is had to know that and had to have decided that reaction was an acceptable outcome.

So if WWZ: the Movie doesn’t do as well as it could/should because of people pre-judging it (and I have no idea whether that will happen or not) I can’t help but feel that more of the responsibility for that lies on the creative end than the consumer end. Movies ain’t cheap, man. I judge the shit out of everything before I go and see it because I’m not gonna blow $14-$20 to watch 2-3 hours of a bad, boring movie if I can possibly avoid it.

(Also I’d say calling John Carter average is pretty fair, and I’m glad I didn’t spend ticket prices to watch it either.)

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switchnode said on June 23rd, 2013 at 8:09 am

Wait a minute, you mean it wasn’t going to be a fauxcumentary?

Damn it!

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I will forever lust after the Ken Burns documentary version of the book that will never and could never be made.

I actually think that such a thing could be made. The long series of “Game of Thrones” and the unusual format of the new “Arrested Development” suggest to me that a long-form unorthodox adaptation of World War Z could be produced, and that it could be a quality product, and that a profit could be made from it.

It was always a low possibility, and now that the movie is actually out, it’s an even lower possibility, but I hold out hope that one day, we will get a good “fauxcumentary”.

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shadeedge said on June 23rd, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I’m finding myself expecting that some student drama group is going to film a documentary version at some point for Youtube. Which could go either way, really.

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socraticsilence said on June 23rd, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Alegretto-

Having not seen the film, I’m hesitant to explain what MGK means, but if I had to guess I’d say its because they didn’t go all out– in the book over the course of the war the planet’s population is reduced by at least 2/3rds and the ultimate solution is a horribly Pyrrhic one thought up by an apartheid era human rights abuser.

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Canukistani John said on June 23rd, 2013 at 8:16 pm

@ Socraticsilence:

Though that’s true, I think it’s less about those points than about the fact that a well written story happening after the fact was changed into a generic summer blockbuster, as Kai and Murc said.

Going on from there, it’s cautious in the sense that by changing the focus, a lot of the more currently relevant (or relevant at time of writing) topics reflected in the book are brushed aside.

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duquesne_pdx said on June 24th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I loved the book, and when I first heard that they were going to make it into a movie, I was very excited. Then I stopped to think. Then I eventually saw the trailers.

Yep. Much like “I, Robot” and “I Am Legend”, take the name and attach it to something that doesn’t resemble the original material in any way. Instant blockbuster!

I’m not surprised, nor am I judgemental. I’ve gotten used to the fact that unless you’re filming for HBO, you can’t put a book onto film without so many radical changes as to make it unrecognizable.

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I read the book and I hope the movie is true to the book.

I usually get dissapointed though when reading the book first and then watching the movie – first time on a Zombie book/flick though so maybe I will be in luck :)

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Zifnab25 said on June 26th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I would have enjoyed the movie a lot more if not for the overrunning of Jerusalem. That singular plot-point was just entirely too contrived. You could tell they just really wanted to jack-hammer in that last big “Zombie Tidal Wave” scene but couldn’t find a particularly good way to justify it.

Honestly, if there’s one movie I could compare it to: Final Fantasy – Spirits Within. A cool idea, looking for a more compelling plot.

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Hey the movie had Mr Malcolm Tucker himself appear. I’d call that a win.

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William Kendall said on July 5th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Since I can’t just bring myself to care less about zombies, I’ve decided to skip it.

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