27 January 2013

The Last Man(s) on Earth (2012)

          Essential plot rundown:  A group of survivalists must stop the end of the world.  So, there is this guy on the internets and he told me to come see this movie.  So I did.

          But before I did, I checked out the trailer.  And I thought it looked pretty stupid.  But, it also looked interesting; I wanted to see where they would go with it.  So, that's why I went.  And I was pleasantly surprised.  It was actually pretty funny; there were a lot of good one-liners and amusing moments.  As the young kids would say, I LOL'd a lot.

          The actors were good enough.  The acting was kind of campy sometimes, but it totally fit with the style of the movie.  Though, I had a really hard time understanding them a lot of the time.  (But, that might just be due to the bad audio).  But, by far the best part was Rick Macy as the Oracle.  Macy is an LDS actor best known for being Joseph Smith, Sr. in a lot of LDS film productions and Helam in The Testaments.  It was a lot of fun seeing him do something different from what one is accustomed to.

          While being funny, the movie also had a lot of flaw.  The cinematography was atrocious.  Every time there was a white background (which happened quite often) it was whitewashed; everything seemed over exposed.  And the color looked weird.  I'm not an expert on the subject, but it looked like they had their aperture open too much, letting in too much light.  Then they tried to fix it in post by darkening the blacks.  It was very distracting.  The audio was also bad.  Some parts you can't hear the actor over background noise.  In others the audio doesn't match up and obviously came from different sources.

          But, overall, it was pretty entertaining.  I laughed a lot, which is a good thing when watching a comedy.  There were a lot of technical things wrong with it, but they still get props for making a feature length movie.  If you can get over the bad quality, it's worth checking out.

     But that's just my opinion...

1 comment:

  1. If you saw it at the Scera in Orem, I think that it was either the audio quality in the theater (I'd heard complaints about other films) or maybe the copy had audio issues. The one I saw didn't have audio problems. Good insights about the cinematography.