So, there's been a spate of "faux-vintage" movies over the past few years. "alien attack" was a remake/spoof 50's sf movie. The hp lovecraft historical folks did a silent "call of Cthulhu" movie. There's a new one, now. It's called "metropolis", and the framing conceit is laid out in title cards before the start of the movie (like the beginning of "Blair witch project") explaining how the parts of the movie were scattered across the globe like part of some videogame quest (I assume the inevitable tie in game will utilize this mechanism somehow).
Anyways, they supposedly gathered all the parts
to create voltron and are claiming to be showing the full movie for the first time since 1920 or something. It done like a 20's style silent movie, and it was pretty good, albiet kinda derivative.
How derivative? Here's a list:
- there's the whole "we found this movie" thing like Blair witch
- the art design for the titular city is a TOTAL ripoff of Rapture from Bioshock. And rapture had whales and awesome water fx and everything.
- these guys owe Quentin Tarantino a check or something: not only did they do the fake distressing thing like in grindhouse, they even used the thing where they cut out part of the movie and have a "we're missing this footage" title card
- the people fleeing the rising water level end up finding a locked door at the top of the escape stairs, just like Kate and Leo in "titanic"
They did a lot of stuff right, though. They absolutely nailed the look for the fx. I think actual fx in the supposed production time frame weren't that advanced, but it's a small jump to what they showed. The cgi was so well blended I couldn't be sure what was cgi and what was vintage fx methods. (the call of Cthulhu folks did this really well, too.)
The acting had real period versimilitude right down to the makeup. The plot was pretty good, working the archetypes well.
So, it could totally pass for a 20's movie. Really good. I didn't recognize any of the actors, so they found really good unknown talent. Or maybe they are all germans who haven't done anything English speaking until now.
Anyways, check it out if you like that deco styling. Very nice.