Ohayoo gozaimasu mina-san, It’s me again, the purple-skinned writer bringing you another fresh review of something I watched and enjoyed lately. The book I’m reading at the moment, titled In The Cold is so slow and boring and I thought that I should have finished it by now so as to review it, but, it’s so boring that I have been so reluctant about opening it up. I’m almost done with it though so by next week, you should expect my review.
But for today, I will be exploring a movie I watched a while back titled Mortal Engines. The first sneak peek I had of the movie was a few days before I watched it for myself. I went to get a bottle of water from my brother’s room and I caught a glimpse of a single scene when he was watching it.
It was a touching scene between Hester, the protagonist and her would-be father, Strike. Glimpsing at that scene alone, I was just hooked. Let me reiterate that I had never heard of the movie before so the steampunk-esqe visuals really drew me in. Sentinel robotic cyborgs, floating cities, giant metal cities on wheels that ate other giant cities. It was just beautiful to watch even it it was for the sake of watching.
It’s a dystopian fiction but it wasn’t as cliche as most popular movies in the genre like Divergent, Maze Runner and Hunger Games which had become so rehashed that it was cringy and intolerable. I found myself enjoying every bit of the story. The characters were just so relatable, although I noticed that Hester became less of a badass in the second arc of the movie. But I guess it was because of the injury on her leg. I loved the Anna Fang character (not only because she has the same name as me) but because she was this cool butt whooping assassin that was just so damn cool mehnnnn!
Hugo Weaving’s portrayal of Thaddeus Valentine was so impressive. He was not just a villain, but a villain with resolve, truly evil, yet totally human as seen when he relates with his daughter. As for Tom, the historian, he was just cute and that earns the movie points because I likey cute make protagonists (yes I do).
I think the world-building was very rich and I wasn’t surprised when I heard that it was based on a novel by Philip Reeve. That explained the feeling I had that some things were not properly elaborated and some characters were almost forgotten half-way in the movie. What did surprise me though, is that the movie was rated 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. I don’t know why but I really liked where the movie took me and how immersive the experience was.
If I were to rate it, I’d give it 72% just because the visuals were so stunning and it succeeded to take me to another world. I would recommend it if you are a fan of sci-fi. I you have watched the movie, tell me what you thought about it. And I’ll see you next time.