Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Invaders From Mars 'William Cameron Menzies'



















Set within a context similar context to that of ‘Invasion Of The Body Snatcher’s’ conveying that Suburban America ideal prone to the 1950’s, with there perfect lawns, white picket fence, and good, clean wholesome households, containing the wife, husband and children playing there perfect role, knowing place as it were. This film conforms to those ideals, as what would now seem almost comical, in that particular time period, would be acceptable…

For example in the first few scenes contain some otherwise interesting thoughts to consider, such as loving father, who is awoken by his bright young son, and further wakes his mother, who seems to be fully covered in make-up, looking perfect, even down to wearing lipstick….in bed? Besides that, the use of characters help portray the messages in the film, even thought there were hysterics at the over-exaggeration of such, for instance when the father changes, he pretty much slaps he’s son for no reason, this could be read as acceptable, thought judging on the character previous …it’s obvious to us the viewer he has, as well as he‘s dead-eyed, automaton movement, and drone-like voice, this particular way I found quite effective, as in most older films, there is a swiftness to the discovery of the inner plot, and not some slow build-up seen in modern-day films, although this is less tension building.









The lighting in the film, was incredibly artistic and theatrical, with the brightly lit scenes, and use of silhouettes mostly consisting of green tones, it appeared very otherworldly, for example, when the boy at the beginning first see’s the ship, washed in this bright light, as well as within the spacecraft, with it’s very particular creative, angular shots, high above portraying spatially, an ’otherworldly’ area, alongside this the use of clothing within the film, was quite a generic theme, with the good character dressed in lighter tones, especially the nurse and boy, conveying innocence, in contrast to those being manipulated, dressed in black, and other darker tones. Generally, the whole feel to the film special effects wise, as well as some of the costumes and backdrops seemed to remind me a lot of early ‘Star Trek‘, especially with it‘s over-dramatised music and little green men, (or in this case big) ‘man in a zipped up jumpsuit‘ alien effects.

Inside The Martian Ship










'Fabled' Captain Kirk vs GORN!











On a personal level, the film had a tendency to lose it’s seriousness, taking away from what could have had the potential to be a great classic, it does have a certain richness to it however, artiscally speaking, with contextual conventions in place, and the speed of the film itself, as well as the ending, which was probably the first of the ‘It was all a dream, or was it?’cliché ending, but it to me, felt as though it lost it’s ‘Uncanny’ direction after the halfway mark, peaking at the beginning, until the comical 'guns ho' Army General just blew it out of proportion, and made it just appeared to me as to ‘over-exaggerate’ towards the end, especially with the over-used recycled montages, but besides that, it is a good film to get to the heart of the quirky 'B-Movie' Sci-fi Genre, and sucessful portrays as such...

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