Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I seem to like lists. But I guess that’s what blogs are for: to write lists and commentary about things we like or dislike and hope that someone will choose to comment on it. There is no way, however, that I could possibly list every character I like in all the sci-fi movies I’ve seen; so here I will just mention a few with the promise (threat) of more to come in the future. Han Solo: I don't know if I like Han Solo because he's a great character, or because Harrison Ford plays the part. I guess it doesn't really matter. Han Solo was the guy I think all the boys wanted to be when playing out their Star Wars fantasies. And why not? He was the cool one; the guy with all the one liners-- and he got the girl. And yet somehow there was more to the character than we've kind of come to expect from George Lucas. I know the character was meant to have a change of heart at the end, but Ford made it believable. I only wish we had had a character (or actor?) like this in the most recent Star Wars trilogy. Captain Kirk: I almost picked Picard. I love Picard, I really do. But I have to pay homage to the original Captain of the Enterprise; Captain Kirk. This is another character that's hard to separate from the actor. William Shatner is such a great over-the-top personality that he will probably be parodied forever. But somehow I always felt that Kirk wouldn't be the character we love to see making out with green women without Shatner's zest. And in a way the character, the show and the costumes kind of demanded a certain campiness; kind of like Adam West's portrayal of Batman. Speaking of which.... Batman: But not just any Batman; I particularly like Christian Bale’s take on the Dark Knight. I wasn’t a huge fan of the character during the 80’s--especially the Tim Burton versions. But the re-imagining of the character in Batman Begins really impressed me. The character development in this particular film was well done and Christian Bale seems to really bring the right kind of stillness-that-can-turn-into-menace to the role. Sarah Connor: Sarah Connor was a character that I liked in the first Terminator movie, but grew to love in the second. She might have been a little crazy, but then you’d kind of expect any woman who’s been chased by cyborgs to be a little unhinged. But I remember when T2 came out and I can’t remember another female action hero who had been so muscular prior to Linda Hamilton’s buff portrayal. It seemed as if every actress in Hollywood strove for that look from that day on. But the character was more than defined arms, she was tough. I don’t know how many of the female action hero’s of today would be the same if Linda Hamilton hadn’t set the standard. Wolverine: Yeah, my avatar might be Mystique, but if I was a guy it would be Wolverine. I only became familiar with the character when the X-Men movies came out; but something tells me I would have liked him in the comic books too-- though I certainly won’t argue with the taller Hugh Jackman in the role. Wolverine is tough, cynical and sometimes a bit of a jerk. But so what? He’s another one that’s just cool. The mystery surrounding Wolverine makes him interesting and his flaws make him empathetic. And apparently I’m not the only one who likes him-- a X-Men spin-off movie based on him is now in the works. Trinity: I loved the originality of The Matrix. I loved the fact that the movie made me think after it was over. But as a woman I also couldn’t help but love the character of Trinity. I will admit there is a part of me that still doesn’t really believe that she could fall in love with Keanu Reeves, but that’s beside the point. I really liked Carrie Ann Moss in the role too. Who else could point a gun at Agent Smith’s head and say “Dodge this” with such authority? So that's my pick, for today anyway. As always, I'd love to hear what characters you've liked in the past and who you would like to see more of.