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Old 21-10-2010, 03:11 PM   #1
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Default Gatiss' 'First Men on the Moon'

Anyone catch Mark Gatiss's remake of The First Men On The Moon?

Most of the paper reviews liked it but I thought it was incredibly inferior to the Lionel Jeffries/ Harryhausen version on every level..
Bad Acting, bad production design, Direction and effects..... And dull...
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Old 21-10-2010, 04:24 PM   #2
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But a nice little nod to the REAL moon landing and to be fair it was dedicated to Lionel Jeffries.

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Old 21-10-2010, 06:46 PM   #3
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Have it HD to watch later - so I'll wait and see
Love his series on Horror on BBC4 so far covered Universal and Hammer - last one next Monday
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I think dull pretty much described it - a fair bit of effort but just seemed flat and not fun like the film was.
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Old 21-10-2010, 10:16 PM   #5
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I enjoyed it. It was closer to the book and the Selenites were well done. Not everything has to look like a pop video or have explosions. Having said that I enjoy the Harryhausen film too.
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Old 22-10-2010, 03:15 AM   #6
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I liked the League of Gentlemen and Victory of the Daleks but I prefer Lionel Jeffries effort to this. Does explain the windows on Moonbase Alpha though...
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Old 22-10-2010, 07:41 AM   #7
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I thought it was a bit like the real moon in that it felt pretty airless,was rather dull to look at for very long and nothing much of interest appeared to be going on alot of the time , either above or below the surface. But I thought the 1964 HH film was marvelously entertaining by comparison.
Obviously there must have been a lot of budget constraints, but I've seen alot more of interest in a single episode of the worst Dr Who ever than was put into this effort which ,at twice the size ,could have easily have been half the length for what went on. I've seen more energy in an asthmatic tortise than this offering, which crawled to get going at all for 30 minutes then barely tottered the rest of the way and then collapsed utterly at the end, which, in the last few seconds reminded me of Tim Burtons terrible Planet of the Apes ending as compared to the original film one. Went down like a lead ballon with me.
However, interestingly ,in REAL life,detailed analysis of the LCROSS probe impact last year into the Caebus Crater has revealed about 5% of the mass of the lunar soil ejected was water ice and there were high measurements of methane,ammonia, hydrogen,CO2 and CO and plenty of light metals such as sodium, and traces of heavier ones like silver. Which means there are more elements available there to set up a sustainable lunar base than we may have hoped. Admittedly the water is buried in the darker, colder areas, but it should be easy to remove once its been dug out. Which is nice.
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Old 22-10-2010, 01:56 PM   #8
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I watched this last night and expected much much better. If I equated the film to a supermarket it would be Aldi, Some alright bit's but mostly cheap crap. The "1202" computer error was little cringworthy and the weightless acting of Rory Kinnear (in more ways than one) was unspectacular but credit to Gatiss for exploiting his newly found importance at the BBC and attempting to tell a story that many of us have loved since we were young.
P.S. The ship looked crap.
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Old 22-10-2010, 03:47 PM   #9
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Just boring. Somethings wrong when you're watching and thinking about the actors thinning hairlines and how unfortunate some of the camera angles are, than what's actually happening
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Old 22-10-2010, 06:20 PM   #10
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Just boring. Somethings wrong when you're watching and thinking about the actors thinning hairlines and how unfortunate some of the camera angles are, than what's actually happening
Lol...I did notice that. I was going to mention the worst beard makeup I have ever seen but seeing as they obviously spent so much on the SFX I thought it best to leave the makup department alone.
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