Friday, March 8, 2013
The obsession continues
My first impression of PWZ was that the violence and gore was over-the-top to the point of being cartoonish, and it took me out of the story. However, it does closely match the level of gore and violence in the comics, so that is obviously what they were going for. However, I think this was a mistake.
There are certain things that work well in four-color print that do not translate well to the screen. Spandex and tights, for one thing. But gore and violence are also on that list. Film gore is usually the purview of horror films, and it is done for shock value, and because it’s just expected. When that level of gore is introduced into an Action movie, it seems out of place to me.
Now, that being said, I can set that aside and just accept it. However, PWZ also had the flaw of, as one reviewer put it, “looking as if it were directed by Joel Schumacher.” As you should know, Joel raped the Batman franchise with his neon-infused, nippled batsuit entries. Similarly, PWZ was rife with whole scenes seemingly filmed through colored lenses. This sometimes works on film, but in this instance, each scene used a different hue. The over all effect was jarring and distracting for me.
I also didn’t like that some of the action sequences were a bit “John Woo” for a Punisher film. Hanging upside down from a chandelier comes to mind. That scene made me laugh out loud when I saw it in the preview, and I was not impressed with it in the actual film either.
I have read the first arc in the MAX comics, and look forward to reading the rest (I may even start collecting it, if it continues to be good). I have also decided to give PWZ a re-watch. So, you can probably expect more Punisher commentary here in the future.