The fact that we have this much actual film footage of Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole is really astonishing to me. There's something awe-inspiring about watching the first video footage of something only a few humans in history had ever seen. And Antarctica is pretty awe-inspiring on its own. I can do without all the anthropomorphizing of the animals, especially the penguins, which are entertaining enough on their own without making up little family dramas about them. But overall this is a fascinating artifact.
My boyfriend is a writer who loves writing smartass protagonists who are always calling out their inept superiors; not coincidentally, this is one of his favorite movies. After we watched it together, I told him this explains a lot about one of his main characters and he was like "I'll take that as a compliment." That particular trope is not always my cup of tea - shooting off your mouth to someone senior to you and getting away with it…
Still a perfect movie. I love the progression from squirming discomfort to "maybe this dude is OK" to "holy shit this goes all the way to the top." I love how Dan Stevens manages to be charming, sexy, and scary all at once. I love that you're rooting for both him and the hapless family he descends upon (as opposed to most slasher movies where the killer is some faceless menace and you are actively rooting for his victims to…
Some elements of this are hilariously bad (most of the acting and dialogue, some of the camera work), while others are really impressive for a movie of any budget (the creature effects!). I'm tempted to say the creature effects are TOO good for this film, but there are a few moments of creative insanity that actually bring the film up to the level of the special effects, however briefly.
Mostly this movie made me laugh at our ideas about what…