Yet Another Beeping ReviewJulian Zelones saw Wing Commander in Australia... here's his take.
The Wing Commander movie was actually released here in Western Australia today. Apparently there was an advertisement on T.V. a couple of days ago, but I didn't see it. There was however an ad in today's paper. I guess the correct way to promote a movie is to advertise it the day it opens?
It is only screening at major cinema complexes for two or three sessions a day. My local complex was only screening it at 10:00am and 12:20pm, unfortunately I and most other people were working and kids were at school. I'm sure the cinema staff enjoyed it. I did however see the movie at another complex. It was a small theater, but the atmosphere was really good as a lot of fans of the games were present.
I attended with a friend who hadn't played any of the games and didn't know a lot about it. He did enjoy it though. He especially enjoyed the fact that the confederation used fighters reminiscent of WW2 and used weapons like torpedoes and machine guns. I admit I enjoyed that fact about it too.
I found the movie quite enjoyable, but a little slow in the beginning. It seemed to me that Chris Roberts has done this to set up the story and characters in order to develop a series of movies. I can understand this, but I would have enjoyed a few more battle scenes.
I have been reading reports since the movies release earlier this year about how the special effects were very dark in theater versions, but very bright on VHS, DVD and in theaters in other countries. In the theater I was at the picture was very dark. Obviously the film was being used in Australia was used in U.S. cinemas.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie, but was disappointed I had to wait so long. It was worth the wait however and will be a worthy addition to my video collection when it come out here. Hopefully we will get to see a sequel eventually.