I prefer the original over II. There is an overcast of phoniness in the second installment that I found distracting. For a movie shot "on location" in Prague, the number of scenes shot on sets dislocated this movie from reality for me. The thing I liked most about the first one was the lack of fantasy in it's look. Now, certainly, towards the end, a lot of what I liked went out the window. The meat packing plant, Whistler's lair and several scenes shot outdoors all gave the impression that all the stuff that was happening was based in reality. That's what makes it seem all the more bad-ass for me. As a side-note I've noticed several movies with a similar kind of phoniness that I can't quite put my finger on. Hellboy, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Van Helsing all remind me of the distraction I felt with Blade II. Now I know I've got some overlapping directors here. But I still can't figure out why these films look so bad to me. Anyway, Blade Trinity doesn't look too good to me, but I find that previews rarely give an accurate portrayal. I can still hope.
You confirmed my worries, Chuck. Ever since this project was announced it has had me suspicious and when they told us that Goyer would be directing I had a feeling it would sink the series, still I had a little hope. Then came the trailers, none of them impressed me at all. As soon as I saw Blade with two hot young sidekicks my hope for this film was pretty much killed and for the record I thoroughly enjoyed the first two installments, the second more so than the first.
No worries, Lou. I was sorry to experience my disappointment
I actually thought the trailers were OK, Nick. Goyer, whose scripts for the first two were effective, seemed an odd choice, but I was willing to give benefit of the doubt. It was just dull and overly formulaic (which is saying quite a bit). It also features some TERRIBLE performances and story coincidences.
Well, I'll see it this weekend...for better or worse. Has anyone picked up the soundtrack? I'm a big fan of the first, and like the 2nd (love Mos def's 'I Against I'-I remember the Bad Brains version) but am curious about Trinity.
If you look at the film as a comedy, it does a fair job. I just don't think that's what people were expecting; the humor really hits later in the film, but there are some great undertones right off the bat for dark-humor fans.
Well, like I said in the review thread, I enjoyed it. It was funnier, in a good way, than the 1st 2, most of the casting was good, and the fight scenes were great. Biel and Reynolds brought a freshness to the film and they worked well together. I'm now hoping for a Nightstalkers film.
The 1st film had a better story and better pacing, the 2nd film had a much darker tone and a cooler villain, and this film had better acting from the supporting cast and better fight scenes so I enjoyed all 3 about equally.
I just hated the way the vampires have been devalued so far they don't even offer stiff opposition to the humans. Weren't they supposed to be faster, stronger, etc.? They didn't look it. Blade hits a vampire, he goes through the wall. The vampires can't even hit Whistler's daughter and when they hit King, he barely winces.
Personally, I think the script needed a rewrite or two to polish up the little things. There were a few scenes that I would have left as a deleted scene on the DVD. I also didn't laugh as much as I hoped. I had maybe two or three lol moments, but Goyer seemed like he was trying for every other frame to get a laugh.