Monday, June 22, 2009

Not-So-Gentle Viewer: The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

I've never considered myself a particular fan of Mark Twain: while I loved A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, I despised The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I was therefore of mixed feelings when I heard about the 1985 claymation film The Adventures of Mark Twain.

While I generally enjoy claymation films (such as Next or The Nightmare Before Christmas), the style of this film is distinctly disturbing, though I find it difficult to pinpoint why it bothers me. Of the short stories covered by Mr. Twain in the film, I find the most interesting to be "The Diaries of Adam and Eve", which I've written about before. While I feel that the screenplay did a pretty accurate job of capturing the feeling of the story, the medium is, again, distracting as the director seems to make almost a cartoon out of the clay figures.

Despite all of this, however, what I find lacking in the movie overall is the "so what" factor. I didn't feel drawn in and, in fact, didn't bother to finish watching the film. Movies should be either interesting or entertaining, and this movie is (D) none of the above.


Homero said...

Good Lord, I love that movie. It made a very large impression on me the first time I watched it as an 8 year old.

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

My cousin (who's a couple years older than me) loves it, too. I feel like it's the kind of thing that you love if you saw it as a kid. (Kind of like Princess Bride, I guess.)

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