May 31, 2010
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000) (part 2 of 10)
We open with loud and bombastic music, which immediately reminded me of Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings. Damn, it’s like the movie actually wants me to hate it. Said music, according to the end credits, was composed by someone named Elia Cmiral. Who the heck is that, you ask? My point exactly.
(To my horror, the first thing the commentary track reveals is that Roger Christian has an absolutely adorable British accent. I’m going to have a hard time mocking him now, because for some reason guys with British accents make me go all gooey.)
To my dismay, the end credits will reveal that Patrick Tatopoulos was responsible for the production design and costume design. As you may recall, he was also involved in the making of the American bastardization of Godzilla, and Matthew Broderick’s character was even named after him, which very nearly qualifies Tatopoulos for Repeat Offender status. That makes me sad, since I’m actually a great admirer of the man’s work. His involvement in Godzilla, this, and now Eragon makes Jet cry many single tears.
(The other party on the commentary track is in fact Tatopoulos himself. Thank Hubbard it wasn’t Travolta. My head would have exploded, because, according to reports, Travolta thought the movie rocked, and was still talking about a sequel well after it was clear that it was a complete box office and critical failure.