Reporter's Notebook: The many question marks of "The Great Wall"
I take a lot of notes during movies, sometimes scribbling down so much that I fear I'm actually missing what's onscreen while frantically trying to capture it all. It's a burden, I know.
But every so often there's a movie that inspires such frenzy in my reporter's notebook that I have to go back over my pages and re-read my initial impressions just to capture the absurdity of it all. Case in point: The Great Wall.
For fairness's sake, I will admit that I kind of liked The Great Wall! I gave it a somewhat positive review in Chesapeake Family today, and the reality is that it's stunningly beautiful and patently ridiculous, and I wish Matt Damon weren't in it. He legitimately serves no purpose ... and some excerpts from my reporter's notebook may capture why.
Here they are: some snippets from my four pages of notes for The Great Wall. All exclamation points, question marks, underlines, misspellings, and other very-hyped reactions are what actually went into my notes while watching the movie that gave us such gorgeous imagery -- fire lanterns floating through the sky; color-coordinated warriors running down the wall to fight the monsters -- and yet also limply served up Matt Damon's very-sad-looking manbun.
Some of this stuff makes very little sense out of context, but it's also so weird that it could be like a strange, stream-of-consciousness poem you didn't know you needed that takes you through my feelings as the narrative progressed and Damon felt more and more superfluous. And if you want more coherent thoughts, check out my review.
Matt Damon is a hairy bandit?
What is Matt Damon's accent??
Guy in a turban is the first to die, obvi
"Someone can tell me what I just killed" a stony gargoyle-looking arm!
"Gents in front of us"
Beautiful armor designs! Bright capes and mirrored enamel! Armor like tiger, bird, etc., scarlet, cerulean, burnished gold
Beautifully choreographed drum-beating -- like a dance
WHAT ARE THE DEMONS?
Crane Corps, basically like spear maidens, on the edge of parapets
"They look nervous" Thanks, Pedro
What are they, like basically giant iguana demons with gross jaws and eyes? One girl torn apart! You see a stack of girls who have died!
Queen is a huge raptor Dilophosaurus hybrid
Ruffs become like umbrellas! They communicate through shock waves!
Green blood like Nickelodeon slime
Fought for Spain, Francs, Pope "many flags"
Scottish? Irish? What is this accent???
He explains a whale to them ...
Steampunk-style ear trumpets!
Now it's time to fire up zeppelins!
So many people die
This is actually super effective 3D