To quote Samwise Gamgee, “Well, I’m back.” What a terrible thing, homework is! I’m excited to get back into the fray of reviewing films. How I’ve missed this blog!
And in kicking back to form, we review The Thing from Another World. Taking place in Antarctica, a team comprised of military and scientist personnel discover the scientific finds of the century: an actual flying saucer and an extraterrestrial (the Thing) frozen in ice. Unfortunately for the team, the ice unfreezes, and the Thing gets loose. What follows is a somewhat predictable (but enjoyable!) monster film as the Thing randomly attacks the team, and the divide between the scientists and the military become even starker. Continue reading
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the unleashing of an inner demon. It is described as the internal battle between Good and Evil. But contextually, that is an overstatement of a social issue. This is a period piece, set in the stuffy, upper class world of 19th century London. The issue is sexual frustration. But that is not to say that Mr. Hyde is not evil in his own right. Fredric March does a stunning job acting in the roles of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, polar opposites, hero and villain. As Jekyll he is respected and respectable, but social bounds keep him from the sexual encounter that he so desires. The grateful “entertainer” Ivy presents him with the opportunity, but it is not until Jekyll inadvertently creates Hyde that he can make the choice to go back to Ivy. Hyde then becomes a man hooked on the power of sex and domination. The monster of this movie is simply a domestic abuser. Continue reading
The Joker receives credit as Batman’s greatest foe, but in my opinion, Two-Face by far is the better Batman villain. It is that concept of duality that Harvey Dent struggles with. Two sides exist within him: a Good side and a Bad side, both struggling equally to emerge and be the dominant behavior. To solve this, he turns on a ‘switch.’ That is, he flips a coin in order to decide whether to be Good or Evil.
I’m not bringing up poor ol’ Dent just because: I saw an obvious parallel between Harvey Dent and the unfortunate Doctor in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. What’s so impressive about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is how far the director Rouben Mamoulian pushes the boundaries (especially for a film from 1931) in exploring this concept between Good and Evil. The road of Dr. Jekyll (oddly pronounced as Gee-Kyll in the film) is tragic in its simplicity: a man wishing to purge himself of his immoral desires becomes consumed by them. Continue reading