Friday, April 26, 2013

Mockbuster hell

Bai Ling, looking a bit worse for wear in Clash of the Empires
Not a hobbit in sight for the premiere of the Clash of the Empires (aka Age of the Hobbits) at Meta House this evening. Did it live up to expectations, well it did as far as being as naff as I thought it would be. In fact it was worse than I expected. The special effects were terrible including giant lizards with wings, as was the acting and the script. I found it depressingly bad. Rumnea on the other hand found it hilarious. I really don't know why anyone would go to the trouble of filming this tripe. The mockbuster idea is crass anyway, feeding off the shirt-tails of real movies and hoping to get some crumbs as they fall from the table. Anyone who buys the dvd of this film will definitely want their money back. I had hoped that watching Bai Ling on screen might be a saving grace, but it wasn't. She was as wooden and appalling as everyone else. Amongst the extras, with all the filming taking place in the Kampot area, I spotted local boxing legend Eh Puthong, who managed to get a spear through his head, whilst two of the main hobbit-style characters are well known stage comedians. All in all it was horrendous - please do not ask me to watch another mockbuster again.

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Anonymous Joseph J. Lawson said...

Fair enough nor would I ask you to survive another mockbuster. Thank you for making an honest effort to watch the film and an honest review. I respect and appreciate that. Once again my thanks to the people of Cambodia who put their hearts and effort into making the movie... the memories of joy and comraderie in that epic adventure abroad will be part of my life... in the best of ways... forever. Again, thanks for giving it a try. Perhaps something I direct in the future will be more appealing to you and until that day comes, salute!

May 1, 2013 at 2:58 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

JJL, you are a true gentleman. In the face of withering criticism, you remain positive. I salute you. And I wish your future films are blockbusters, not mockbusters.

May 2, 2013 at 11:07 AM  

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