Monday, January 21, 2008

A Must See


It is often the case that when people rave about a film, it is a set up to be let down. But that was not so with Mel Gibson's stunning epic, Apocalypto.

The accolades this movie has received do not do it justice. It was intense and engaging from beginning to end and is a cinematic piece of beauty.



20 Comments:

At 1:36 PM, January 22, 2008 , Anonymous KP said...

An instant classic. The most intellectually engaging film I've seen. An awesome depiction of society and the tendencies of man.

 
At 4:31 AM, January 23, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Great comment KP. So true.

And I appreciated how affirming it was of manhood and fatherhood, two things completely missing from American cinema today.

 
At 9:59 AM, January 23, 2008 , Blogger mrsleep said...

I haven't seen the complete movie yet. We have direct TV, and have some premium channels. I caught the last half of this movie about a month ago.

I'll have to wait to post my full "take" on the movie.

 
At 10:12 AM, January 23, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Let me know what you think Mr. Sleep.

 
At 10:06 AM, January 24, 2008 , Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I won't watch it. I have too much interest in archaeology and every historian I have read says it's an innacurate and anachronistic pastiche of various cultures having little to do with the real Mayans.

Many people thought his Jesus movie was accurate and no historian did. I suspect it's a pattern with Mel.
Real history is a consuming and fascinating thing - why waste time with Walt Disney Lite?

 
At 12:05 PM, January 24, 2008 , Anonymous KP said...

Fogg - I can't speak to its accuracy but I encourage you to watch it for the subtle and not so subtle social commentary. With limited dialogue the symbolism tells a very vivid tale that transcends the period.

 
At 5:55 AM, January 25, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

KP is right.

What movies stay true to anything on which they are allegedly based? The Mayan civilization is almost secondary to the film.

 
At 9:11 AM, January 28, 2008 , Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I admit to a prejudice against Mel Gibson and all his pomps and have a hard time believing anything he produced with "social commentary" in it could be free of his bigotry.

He is after all an avid supporter of the people who destroyed the libraries of the Maya, why should he portray them in the light of reality?

I read two books last year about the Mayan dynasty founded by Yax Kuk Mo, the excavation of his tomb and about the Mayan glyphs and the decoding thereof. I'm a nerd and prefer that sort of thing to fiction.

 
At 2:23 PM, February 06, 2008 , Blogger Jeff said...

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