Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Guillermo del Toro Retrospective: BLADE II
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Luke Goss, Norman Reedus, Matt Schulze
Guillermo del Toro was brought back into Hollywood thanks to having a big fan in David Goyer. When it came sequel time for Blade and Stephen Norrington bowed out, Goyer went with a director he was a big fan of. And this time, for Guillermo, these guys were going to sit back and let him do his thing. This was going to be a bit more free reign than his first foray. He accepted the script provided and didn't really make any major changes.
While I liked this film more on this viewing than I did my previous (theatrically in 2002), I'm still not a very big fan of it. Visually its very cool and a lot of the fights are very fun. But a bunch of said fight scenes are Matrix-inspired too. And while the movie wants us to think so, there's not a whole lot going on in it that warrants the 2 hour runtime. Its basically...go here, fight vampires, a couple die or are wounded. Go to the next place, repeat. I don't mind the simplicity but the film kind of wants to think otherwise.
So, next time, we're doing HELLBOY!