I had been looking forward to seeing this movie adaptation of the game, the production values and the team behind the The Prince of Persia - Sands of Time gave me high hopes. Well, after two viewings and some special features I am still enjoying this one.
Jerry Bruckheimer with Disney have created an incredible world for the events of the film to live within. The huge sets are wonderfully detailed, bringing out the character of each city/location and their inhabitants. Creating a world like this delivers a much higher level of immersion, we are taken away to this believable place that hits all the right notes for our imaginations. This is all supported by Harry Gregson-William's score and lighting that really shows off everything.
[Prince of Persia posters via keeping-it-reel.com]
The costumes and physical propwork is a delight to behold, seeing the detail and flair of every piece of armour, dress, armband and saddle really lifts the cool factor for me. There is CG and special effects work of course, the battle sequences and other-worldly elements require them, but for the most part the screen is filled with real things.
It was great to see our hero bringing so many computer game moves to the screen, they bring things to an almost superhero like level, but making it still believable - he is just that good. The whole experience is like seeing a fusion of The Mummy, Pirates of the Caribbean and Tomb Raider = pretty fun.
The movie isnt flawless, but there are so many cool bits that it holds together for me, it is a huge extravaganza bringing us mystery, betrayal, vast empires, snakes, crumbling temples, vast deserts, curved blades, cavalry, heroics and ostriches. It may lack a little charm in places and doesnt offer up any plot surprises or really unique character concepts or moments - but I still found it good fun and it looks superb.
I like this kind of film. I was going to rant on a little here about being in the right mood for different types of movie before donning a critic's hat. Maybe it isnt just a mood thing, but rather allowing films to live in their scope and enjoying them for that. Can a comedy win the Oscar for best picture or a comedic actor get one - I think not. Are they harder to make or require more acting talent?? Complex...