|Land Of The Dead
||[May. 5th, 2006|10:06 am]
The heads explode as never before. The zombies eat their victims in all sorts of new and exciting ways.|
It's great fun.
But the acting is as weak as ever. And this time Romero doesn't have the excuse that he can't afford the talent. If you can't get a decent performance out of Dennis Hopper it's probably because you're useless with actors.
Are we paying homage to Metropolis? That's nice.
The script is clunky. The post-9/11 references are gestural. It's not as if Romero has anything interesting to say about Bushworld.
And who's the blond guy- our notional hero? He's so uninteresting!
Give Sam Raimi a big budget and he remains individual and inventive. Such craftsmanship!
Give Romero a big budget and you expose his weaknesses. He becomes middle-of-the-road Hollywood. A little old fashioned if the truth be told.
The first three Dead films are masterpieces. This one is ordinary.