I'm inclined to agree, word for word, with the NY Times' take on the Watchmen movie that came out on Friday. Such a slavishly faithful adaptation of the celebrated graphic novel makes for some pretty shoddy storytelling when translated to film. They could have shaved at least an hour off the movie.
- Ryan Atwood vs. Dan Humphrey vs. Seth Cohen. Garry's got a point - if Ryan and Seth had a love-child, Dan would be the result.
- Kirsten Cohen vs. Lily Van der Woodsen. They are so alike in appearance and character, I can barely tell them apart!
- Summer Roberts vs. Blair Waldorf. Both dark-hair beauties, but Summer's more adorable and Blair's more badass.
- Serena van der Woodsen vs. Marissa Cooper. No contest. Serena is as awesome and vivacious as Marissa is vapid and vacant.
- Sandy Cohen vs. Rufus Humphrey. Garry says they look alike and I think they don't at all! Maybe the only resemblence is that both of them at one point sang in a band.
- Nate Archibald vs. Luke Ward vs. Chuck Bass. No apparent connection except their all moneyed "bad" boys. And they look pretty good.
I saw trailers for this movie a while back but completely missed its release here in the US. I guess it worked out because Garry and I ended up seeing it together on his laptop last night. Mongol was not only a breathtaking spectacle of a movie (otherworldly scenery, sweeping vistas, lush textures, fast-paced battle sequences), but it was really satisfying too in its sensitive portrayal of a controversial historical figure (Ghengis Khan), his lifetime love/partnership with his wife, Borte, and the sufferings, loyalties, alliances, and betrayals he endured on his way to becoming the fearsome/fearless leader he was.