Sunday, August 30, 2009
I went to go see District 9 with my dad last night. It was unbelievable... in a good way. Just really, really, good. In fact, I tweeted last night that I thought it might be one of the better movies of the decade. You probably want to take that with a grain of salt given my track record of getting really excited about something right after I see it/hear it.
Unlike anything I've seen recently (and I saw Inglorious Basterds on Weds.), the movie was incredibly well layered. It was a compelling personal story (both Wikus Van Der Merwe and the father and son Prawn), overlayed against in incredibly interesting political backdrop, with wicked-awesome action scenes, set in a well crafted future distopia. That, and the documentary style interviews along with the use of non-standard cameras (security cameras, some POV - I think) gave the film even more life.
At worst, the film was as good as Children of Men and at best this'll be a movie like Planet of the Apes (not the remake starring Mark Wahlberg) that every parent will show their kids. Anyone else seen it?