February 7th, 2009
|11:12 pm - A Long Time Later, in a Theatre Not Too Far Away|
Some of you may remember Fanboys, a movie that has changed release dates more often than Henry VIII changed wives. Finally, after two years, it has a limited release in select cities. April (apriljoiex) does not live in one of those cities, but, Kristen Bell fangirl that she is, she drove over three hours to see it with Anita (rowanceleste) and me. The two of them did not count on Saturday traffic into the city, however, which left me running around the Metreon for twenty minutes wondering where the hell they were. I called people who might be able to acquire one of their numbers; half of them did not answer and half could not help. Finally, however, on my final check outside, I ran into April, who had just arrived. I fidgeted about as Anita parked; April recognized it as a sign that I was the kind of person who hated missing the beginning of the movie. Luckily, we had bought our tickets online.
Not that there was any danger of a 4:40 showing of a movie most people didn't even know existed selling out (the 4:30 showing of Coraline, however, was sold out). There were only a couple dozen other people in the theatre when we walked in, hoping we hadn't missed too much. I did not miss the Kristen Bell flashing scene, at least (calm down, you don't see anything).
Fanboys, for those of you have not been waiting for it to come out for years—you guys, Kristen Bell was promoting it at Comic-Con 2006—is about a group of Star Wars fanboys. Sam Huntingon, better known as Luke from Veronica Mars, plays Eric, a car salesman and representation of Selling Out to the Man. Jay Baruchel, of Undeclared and other Apatowia fame, plays Windows, your standard skinny, socially awkward geek. Dan Fogler, whose claim to fame appears to be Balls of Fury, is Hutch, the dirty, hairy, fat guy who lives in his mother's
garage carriage house. Christopher Marquette looked really familiar the entire movie until I finally saw his name in the credits and realized he was fucking Adam Rove from Joan of Arcadia. He is the most controversial character in the movie! For, lo, he is Linus, and he HAS CANCER OMG. And he is GOING TO DIE BEFORE STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 COMES OUT. And thus the plan to break into Skywalker Ranch and steal a rough cut is hatched. The movie was delayed because Harvey Weinstein wanted to cut the whole cancer thing out for GOD KNOWS WHAT REASON because it completely changes the point of the movie.
There is also a Kristen Bell, playing Cute Comic Book Store Zoe. She has brown hair, and it looks a little odd, but I suppose it's nice that the main female character isn't a blonde. Her character is enjoyable and snarky, but in a regular-girl kind of way rather than a Veronica kind of way. Plus, she's way geekier than Veronica. Also, she wears the Princess Leia outfit.
Fanboys is a Road Trip Movie with lots of Star Wars jokes. It's not as out there as some, but it does have the requisite surreal adventures and wacky misunderstandings. There's a prominent subplot stemming from the eternal feud between Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans that involves an almost unrecognizable Seth Rogen. More recognizable are the many cameo appearances from geek-friendly names such as—but that would be telling.
Overall, the movie is fun and entertaining. Kristen Bell always referred to it as a "love letter to fans," and I think that works. It doesn't make fun of fans; it makes a strong statement that, you know what, it's okay to care way too much about these things. It's likely to play well in the geek crowd, especially Star Wars fans of course, but I don't know how much mainstream appeal it has.
After the movie, we Kristen Bell fangirls and fanboy had dinner at Osha. While we waited, I showed off some swag from my VM set visit. I ordered pad Thai with crab, and OMG THERE WERE CLAWS ON MY NOODLES. I had to dig the crab meat out with a fork. Aaaaah. There should not be actual animal parts involved in my dinner.
Then, Anita and April departed to go watch Kristen Bell on Craig Ferguson.
Why yes, I am wearing a VM shirt designed by raelee!
So Fanboys gets a thumbs up from me, Kristen. This time, I don't have to write you an angry letter.
Current Mood: satisfied
Current Music: Deftones - Hole in the Earth