Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mystery Screening
aka Mark hates Ron

Last weekend I was invited to a test screening. Some of the movie's special effects were not complete yet. Keeping that in mind, let's talk about what we saw.

The movie was a sequel. It was actually the second half of the last sequel. It's also the 8th movie. Its the final leg of a fantastical adventure that started 10 years ago. You see, this guy has broken his soul into eight pieces and hidden the pieces in objects. He's the bad guy. The good guy was attacked by the bad guy when he was a baby. His mother protected him but died herself. Basically, its a family friendly revenge tale.

The movie was great. It was a fitting end to a great series. I think it was a great decision to split the last film into to separate movies. Yes, the studio gets to make more money, but it also gives the fans a chance to see more of the story. I think that one of the hardest decisions that the screenwriter has had to do was decide what to keep and what to lose, story wise.

After the film, we were asked to participate in a focus group. In it, Mark was asked what could be done to get his rating of "very good" up to an "excellent". He first asked if any actors were in the theater right now, and then very simply said "Ron is terrible. Get rid of Ron." Ha.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?
I'm going to have to so I can see the final effects.

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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