Sunday, February 23, 2014
Knowing who was making the movie, I didn't go in with high expectations. However, when the movie started, I found myself pleasantly surprised. The movie had great visual effects and a great score. Those two combined with a great opening scene actually made me believe that I was going to enjoy this movie. Then we started diving into the story. The story was a combination of Gladiator and Titanic. And no, not in a good way. It couldn't decide what movie it wanted to be. If the movie would've stuck with the Gladiator style, it could've been really awesome. If the movie would've stuck with the Titanic style, well... it would've been less good, but still interesting. Instead it jumped back and forth between the two and thus got more messy the further along it went, and it never recovered. The romance was extremely underdeveloped. Yes, it was Titanic-esque in the sense that a woman in a high social standing falls in love with a man in a lower social standing, but it was rushed and forced. Emily Browning and Kit Harington didn't do a bad job, they just had nothing to work with as far as the script and the writing. The Gladiator part didn't work because it was too cheesy. And by that I mean that our lead character was this sort of super-soldier, horse-whisperer slave. Multiple times in the movie he had 10-20 people rushing at him and without fail, he always prevailed with barely even a scratch.
In the end, Pompeii did have potential to be a really good movie. It was visually impressive, with a good score, and a historically tragic ending that could've made for a powerful and moving movie if they just had good characters and a good story to go with it. But they didn't. Now before I end, I do have to make one positive note. Easily the best part of the movie was Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Who? Yeah, I call him Mr. Eko, because of course he is the actor who played the great Mr. Eko in the TV series Lost. He did great. But that was the only positive in the movie. My grade for Pompeii is a very poor 6/10.