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TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados.
Watched in 4D - I turned on the electric fan on the highest setting. Intense!
I unapologetically love this film.
See, this is the very definition of a Dumb but Fun Blockbuster™.
A Dumb but Fun Blockbuster™ needs the following things:
-an appealing cast of characters with leads that have the thinnest sliver of shallow backstory, so we can pretend we care.
-a bad guy that is unmistakably bad, because he's bad and does bad things. He could have equally bad henchman who are also really bad.
- a hefty dose of nonsensical over the top action with great special effects.
- a happy ending so we can all walk out feeling a bit better about the world.
Twister does all those things and adds a very original…
No star rating; it's not impossible to judge as a narrative work or anything...it's objectively an outright howler, but I find it difficult to look at as anything other than an artifact of a certain mid-90's Venn diagram intersection of special effects and marketing, where you could still pack a theater with the simple promise of a convincing illusion (which this frankly isn't anymore).
Huge announcement Letterboxd. Even though I am a grown man, I still have not decided what I want to be when I grow up. Well, I hadn't decided until this rewatch of one of the greatest films ever made, Twister. Your probably thinking to yourself, oh, FilmApe wants to be a storm chaser. If you are thinking that, you are wrong. Nope, I have decided that I want to be Phillip Seymour Hoffman. And no, I don't want pursue a career in acting, I just want to be PSH.
"Dorthy's flying...baby, she's flying"
Things I thought about during this viewing
Man, this hot dog is delicious (I ate a hot dog while I watched it).
They handle the dual protagonist thing so well in this film. Neither character gets short changed, and their motivations both seem realistic, with the compromises that both make being logical.
I miss PSH.
The end credits, starting from the pulling back from the farm to reveal the trail of the tornado, to the shots of clouds, and wheat fields, and other stuff, is just great.
I should eat another hot dog (I will probably eat another hot dog).
There's every movie ever, and then there's TWISTER. Well, not really, but to a select few growing up in the 90s, Twister was kind of a big deal. The conceit is applaud worthy. The novelty of storm chasing. The adrenaline rush. The teamwork. The rock n' roll spirit. A full day's tornado count from F1 up to F5. A drive-in twister attack that tears apart the frames of The Shining. Whose idea was that? Again, applause. The carnivorous sound design. Seriously, the twisters sound like dinosaurs. The Dorthy conceit. Corporate sponsors. Vendettas with nature. The suck zone. PS Hoffman whispering "suck zone". It's one of those films where almost every line can be spoken by me back to the screen. Nostalgia is rampant with this, but the cheese is just so delicious and you couldn't dream up a crazier cast for a tornado actionfest. "It's the wonder of nature, baby!"
TERRIFYING. SIMPLY TERRIFYING. great score though well done
"Red meat. We crave sustenance."
Liked for the effects and standard Michael Crichton plot. Hate for the Michael Crichton dialogue.
My daughter's become quite the weather buff, so this seemed a natural for "educational" school's out viewing. (Other than some swearing of the "shit" and "bitch" variety, and a windswept demise for the nominal corporate baddies, the movie doesn't push the PG-13 envelope, and it would've been PG in a less restrictive era.) It's pro-science, Helen Hunt's character is an affirmative role model, and while the movie has fun with her strait-laced opposite (Jami Gertz) it doesn't criticize her sensible choices as everyone else salivates out-of-control weather. Typical of films of its day and age the headline digital effects have dated worse than the practical ones, and the script has tin-eared passages, but there's a pleasant "Hawksian" feel to what…
Revolutionary at the time. Still pretty good.
Independence Day: Resurgence comes out this weekend, so I've definitely been on a 1996 kick.
"Tighten your seat belt."
This film revitalized the disaster movies, that have been gone from the theaters since late 70s, and was directed by the same guy who brought us the amazing action thriller Speed: Jan de Bont.
In addition to the direction of Jan de Bont, the film is produced by Steven Spielberg, screenplay by Michael "Jurassic Park" Crichton and ILM special effects ! And there are also Deep Purple and Van Halen on the soundtrack! A hard to beat team.
The "so real" way the tornadoes are presented and the awesome sound effects are the soul of the movie.
Remember when Hollywood could actually sell a movie based only on how convincing the CGI was? Hard to imagine this film is already 20 years old.
The ultimate 90s disasterpiece. Call it a guilty pleasure, call it nostalgia blinders, call it whatever you want -- this is a great movie that was once dismissed as blockbuster schock, and yet now feels like it should be studied in film school. I know it's all CG, yet I still felt exhilarated throughout. Why? Characters I care about? Partly, yes. But beyond that, it delivers a true visceral experience that is glaringly absent from stuff shot on a soundstage or against a greenscreen. There is an attention to detail regarding the real world and physical elements. There is imperfection that only comes from human control. I am not saying it's above reproach, but it does feel like a movie that Hollywood has (mostly) forgotten how to make: action-packed entertainment carried by craft.
there is... NO REASON for me to do this and yet
shoutout to jay's funhaus list for giving me this…