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National Treasure [Nov. 26th, 2004|09:32 pm]
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Pretty much every review you read hates this movie. Oh, no, they cry! It's Jerry Bruckheimer! It's Nicholas Cage! It's historically inaccurate!
Yeah, but you know what else it is? Fun? Remember "fun"? It's that thing we used to have before the Republicans started passing laws against it. It's that thing people used to have in the 50's before they knew better. It's that thing we used to love before someone told us it had too many carbs.

National Treasure is a very clever, very hip, very fun little caper film, with a twist. Our heroes? A history major, a librarian, and a computer nerd. Our enemies? The government (sort of) and rich Australians.

Reading, it turns out, is fundamental. Who knew? Or as Joe Bob Briggs would say, there's librarian fu, computer geek fu, no breasts, blood on a Meerschaum pipe..check it out!

I'm sure it's wildly historically inaccurate, but I never was into early American history; the only reason I know as much as I do is more a factor of having lived in Boston for 4 years than having had to take it in school. But it's plausible...all that weirdness on the money, all that super-secret Mason stuff? It takes little granules of fact and weaves them into a wonderful yarn.

But one that you have to read books and do research to unravel. Which is cool. One that has lines like, "You can't do that. It should be done by someone who is trained to handle antique documents," and "You mean, you didn't know that? Wow...I have to savor this moment. Is this the way you feel all the time?" One which has a scene in which, chased by bad guys and pressed for time, our heroes take a moment to geek out over the fact that they are unrolling the Declaration of Independence in the room in which it was signed and how cool is that?

It's also as snarky as anything on Television Without Pity.

There's also all sorts of tiny details...Our main hero is named Benjamin Franklin Gates. His grandfather is John Adams Gates. Now, his father is only called "Patrick" but anyone want to take a bet that his middle name is Henry? Another one, that even I fell for, involves a red herring on a certain red line in a certain city known for a pair of red things...which in the name of spoilers shall remain nameless...

There's just one tiny detail they did screw up, and seriously, it bugged me throughout the whole damn movie. We start out in expository flashback, 1974, and the kid playing young Ben Gates has dark brown eyes.

Nicholas Cage? Has blue ones. Drove me fugnuts.

Still. Have some fun. See two stars from Troy without having to actually sit through it. Suspend some cynicism and solve a mystery.
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From: madbaker
2004-11-27 03:38 am (UTC)
Remember "fun"? It's that thing we used to have before the Republicans started passing laws against it.

In the interests of balance I'm going to point out that both sides of the aisle have been fairly efficient at outlawing fun.
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[User Picture]From: jwithington
2004-11-27 04:35 am (UTC)
nice icon.

and, balance be damned.
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From: branwynelf
2004-11-27 04:13 am (UTC)
Maybe the older Ben Gates wears coloured contacts. Or met a girl who turned his brown eyes ...

Seriously, that would be a funny thing to do - put in a brown eyed kid, blue eyed adult, throw-away line that references the song - then see how many people put it all together.

I still don't want to see this movie though ... just doesn't appeal for some reason ...
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-11-27 05:40 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought, too, when I saw the trailer.
I didn't even want to see it...but it was a combo of it starting at the right time, and it not being a love story.

And I loved it. A lot more than some movies I'm supposed to like, like that awful Sideways...
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From: ruthling
2004-11-28 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the review. I was thinking about maybe seeing this, because, well, Nicolas Cage, you know, but I was afraid if would be leaden.

Candy Butchers rock, you know!
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2004-11-28 11:56 pm (UTC)
Totally fun movie! We went to see it last Sunday and it was just a good adventure flick. No bad words, no sex, no blood or guts...just good old-school fun. Of course, not on the same plane as Indiana Jones but still up there.

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