When I watch a movie I WATCH a movie. I dedicate myself to it. I can't stand how my wife sits there and tries to read or cross stitch while a movie is playing. This might be ok for repeat viewings, but if you have any love of movies at all, you'll give that initial viewing the attention it deserves.
I've seen plenty of foreign films, and understand why people can be turned off by subtitles. Personally, I dislike more the idea of losing out on seeing great movies because of it.
The black and white thing is just ignorance. Nowadays, it's an artistic choice, and people should be aware of it. Frankenweenie is perfect in B & W, and would lose a lot of its charm if it wasn't. I can see why a child might thing B & W means old and stupid, but that's just because no one has taught them otherwise.
I've had to think for a few days on this one. The movie is complex, and open to interpretation. I enjoyed a good part of it, but was left with many questions and concerns.
For starters, it looks fantastic. The ship is amazing, and all the scenes in space are suitably grand.
The goal of the ship and it's crew is monumental: To journey to the planet that our supposed creators came from.
This is heavy stuff.
It's too bad, then, that we are stuck with an extraordinarily boring crew. An oddly mixed group of people that you would think would have been more carefully chosen, considering the mission.
David is the most fascinating, as the immortal android servant of Peter Weyland. We discover pretty quick that he has been given a different set of instructions.
Noomi Rapace is our oddly religious scientist along, apparently, for that very reason.
Charlize Theron gets to stand around and look grumpy as the money of the expedition.
Right from the beginning the movie pushes us, and then veers off in a myriad of directions, with the sole purpose of confusing the hell out of the viewer. That's how it felt to me, anyway.
Of course, we also get the expected "horror" moments, which seemed oddly out of place. At that point I was much more curious about the planet, it's people, and what we could learn from them. Unfortunately, too much gets glossed over for the sake of entertainment.
I can't really go much further without spoiling.
So why three stars? Because it was beautifully shot, and made me think. Heck, I'd like to watch it again to challenge my own (barely there)conclusions. A reaction like this does not come from a poor movie. See it for yourself and decide.