Mortal Engines – Film #105

Immortal, or early death?

The rights to the movie adaptation of the book of the same name were bought back in 2009…but it’s only now that this is being released. Its been a long time coming, but was it worth it.

In a short word…yes it was…but it’s flawed in many places too.

Lets start off by saying that this film is huge and fun. From the opening scene where “London” is chasing a smaller European settlement, aiming to consume it in order to fuel its own existence (Something that is oddly never mentioned again despite London travelling miles and miles even though they said they were almost out of fuel), right through to the climactic battle scenes…this is IMAX-worthy through and through.

Its got Peter Jackson’s stamp all over it. He produced it and handed over the directing to one of the Second Unit directors from the Hobbit movies…so there’s always going to be a shared vision there.

I haven’t read the source material, but definitely fancy doing so after seeing this.

But here’s the flaws…there’s so many influences from anything that has come before this, that it just takes you out of the action slightly. Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings feel present throughout, and as a fan of the Final Fantasy game series, there’s a significant feeling of those games, especially Final Fantasy 8 with the moving cities and airships.

There’s really no surprises either. Everything that comes to pass, you can see coming a mile away…but that’s not to say it isn’t well executed, it just maybe doesn’t hold up as well as it could do.

Decent cast though, and some awesome sound and music throughout.

Go see it, voice your own opinion and let me know what you think

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