Perhaps the reason for the box office failure of this film was in the thunder of its argument: civilization has completely collapsed, generating huge plains impossible to cross without help. Big cities are now huge motorized complexes, moving from one place to another devouring smaller cities. A wonderful idea not without critical background that gives fuel to this ‘Mortal Engines‘ which just hit Netflix.
Peter Jackson was in charge of producing this mammoth adventure that possibly found an obstacle to win over audiences with his approach proudly young adult. Since the success of ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Twilight’ or the Harry Potter movies, Hollywood has sought to prolong their successes, but the Philip Reeve novel on which ‘Mortal Engines’ is based did not have that ingredient of the success of other movies of its genre.
However, ‘Mortal Engines’ is a great little failure that deserved a little more attention. Although Jackson is not directing the project, he co-writes the script with two frequent collaborators from his films (including ‘The Lord of the Rings’), Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. And directs Christian Rivers, newcomer but who had also carried out a variety of technical tasks in Jackson’s cinema, including special effects, a section where this film drops much of its narrative weight.
Con an imagination in the designs that is among the most interesting and daring that fantastic cinema has given in recent years, his ambition is sometimes weighed down by the predictability of his plot. But the truth is that, honoring Peter Jackson’s best films, his impossible and adventurous aesthetics give him a unique touch that is well worth a ransom.
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