The weekend in highly anticipated genre projects

1. Friday the 13th

Verdict=pretty damn entertaining. The plotline was positively elaborate compared to some slasher movies (if a bit nonsensical in parts….there’s a mine under the old abandoned summer camp? meh), the leading man was quite dashing (heart Jared Padalecki, a.k.a. one-half of the beloved Winchester boys of Supernatural….coincidentally I also recently highly enjoyed his on-screen brother Jensen Ackles in My Bloody Valentine 3-D), and many of the gruesome deaths were also pretty creative (bear trap!). This movie attempts to “explain” Jason a lot more than any other has: we see his lair in the woods, and something about the way he conducts himself and the way he runs around (runs! really runs!) seems more, shall we say, human than other incarnations. It works, even if I missed the spooky-spectre sort of aspect of him, and really missed the ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma (we hear it like twice at the end….come on). Overall, well worth the theater-going, everybody-yelling, nostalgia-raising experience. If you didn’t see it opening night with a just-right margarita buzz like I did…you missed out.

2. Dollhouse

Slightly higher overall expectations here, huh, what with the Whedon pedigree? I think I see a lot of potential in the set-up. I like that it seems like they’ll be able to mix pretty much equal parts adventures-of-the-week and overarching conspiracy-hunting plotline. And I CANNOT WAIT for the inevitable showdown fight scene between Faith and Helo…yes, yes, Echo and Agent Ballard…we’ll see how long it takes me to separate these actors from their previous geek-hall-of-fame roles (especially since the Buffy DVDs don’t leave the rotation for very long and Battlestar is still going). And AMY ACKER! I gave a little yip when I saw her name in the guest credits; was I supposed to already know she’d be on? Is something mysterious going on with her character? How long will she be there? Can’t wait for episode two, and I’ll definitely be discussing the status of this one a lot more down the road.

How did others feel about their entertainment this weekend?


3 Responses to “The weekend in highly anticipated genre projects”

  1. 1 patty February 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    i was a little disappointed with dollhouse. the characters are way too one-dimensional at this point, something i didn’t expect given how much i love all whedon’s characters, both good and evil. and i’m hoping that eliza dushku can make erased echo more blank than boring. the premiere episode’s ending piqued my curiosity but not my excitement. :( AND it wasn’t funny. even in the most gutwrenching of whedon storylines, he can at least make me smile. not this time.

  2. 2 patty February 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    also, if you haven’t yet, go see coraline 3d. amazing!

  3. 3 Chelsea February 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    i loved hearing “grrr, arrg” at the end of dollhouse. i missed you joss! i think overall the show has a ton of potential if fox gives it enough time. all of the whedon shows seem like they take a few episodes to catch stride. i really liked the pilot and i’m excited to see where they go with this one, it’s such a unique story.

    i was very pleased with friday the 13th. it had every cliche i was hoping for and more.

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