The historical events and people here are undoubtedly important. The raid on Harpers Ferry and the involvement of John Brown and Shields Green are absolutely worth knowing about. Unfortunately this film is hamstrung by its noticeably low budget. The same set is used multiple times for various towns Shields travels through, it's shot from different angles but you can tell. In a number of scenes there's no CGI or practical effects used to signify when someone is shot onscreen, they…
The badly aged racist elements in this story are truly unfortunate. However everything else is fantastic. The foggy London setting and period costumes, the many allusions to crime and detective fiction, Jago & Litefoot, Leela portrayed as a cross between Eliza Doolittle and Shana the She Devil, the snappy clever dialogue, and the Doctor doing his best Sherlock Holmes impression. I've no idea if all of that makes up for the racist elements and I think each viewer ought to decide that for themselves. I'm just glad the series has learned from such mistakes.
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
In short, this film is the lovechild of Gravity & 2001: A Space Odyssey. In long, this film is a lovingly crafted deeply contemplative science fiction drama. The majority of the complaints I got about this film from people (besides the ones I listed below) boil down to the fact that most of the real…
Having a filmmaker helm the new entry in beloved franchise who is also a fan of said franchise can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand you have someone who “gets” the intellectual property fans adore but on the other hand the creator can potentially be blinded by nostalgia. Take Superman Returns for example. In the 70’s Richard Donner brought Superman to the big screen which wowed…