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July 27th, 2005 - ldhenson — LiveJournal
My reaction while watching Equilibrium for the first time the other day: Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Repeat at irregular intervals until the end of movie.

Because, good lord, I had no idea Christian Bale could move like that.

I don't think I truly love this movie, as it's a tad derivative and misses out on some good chances to further explore its setup. But it sure looks a heck of a lot better than its small budget would warrant (the production values are excellent), the plot twists are sharp and...almost...all entirely unpredictable, and the cast is solid. Plus, the two director's commentaries offer a wealth of info about film techniques and the work that goes into movie-making, much like Robert Rodriguez's commentary for OUATIM.

The bottom line: Breathtaking fight sequences and great eye candy, backed up by enough cleverness in the plot and good acting that I don't feel the least bit guilty for enjoying the movie as much as I did.

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Well, I give in: Christian Bale is the latest on my list of Actors Whom I Thought Were Incredibly Unappealing At First, Until One Day, Whammo, They Become Blazingly Hot And I Can No Longer See Them As Anything But. It's like one of those faces-vs.-vase illusions. The visual doesn't change; it's just that my brain interprets it differently...but try as I might I can't see the original interpretation any longer. Usually, it's just a matter of seeing the actor in the right role, after having disliked him in a different role(s). Something clicks, my brain re-aligns itself, and there's no going back.

I still find it quite strange. I'm not sure what it says about me, but the fact that it appears to show that my perception of physical attractiveness is based on my perception of character, and not the other way around, gives me some hope. (And by "character" I don't mean movie character, nor do I mean the actor's personal character outside of his work. It's the character that the actor brings to his work, if that makes any sense.)

Others on the list: Sean Bean, Jude Law, Liam Neeson, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Banderas, David Wenham, Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, David Soul (my first). Lewis Collins and Ioan Gruffudd get a mention; I like them well enough, though I never followed their careers closely. The fact that it's mostly non-US actors stems from the fact that 1) I do keep an eye out for movie/shows from the UK and 2) there are plenty of US actors whom I find unappealing, but I rarely find myself changing my mind about them :-)

Current Music: "Ned of the Hill," Connie Dover

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