Some French journalists were given a 15-minute sneak peek of Jake Gyllenhaal's Prince of Persia. A couple of sites have posted preliminary reactions, which I'll try to sum up based on the bad babelfish translations and my rudimentary French.
Krinein Cinéma makes the familiar criticisms about the casting. Setting that reservation aside, they pronounce the film "spectacular," faithful to the Bruckheimer tradition of sumptuous sets, impressive physical feats and visual effects. It's a refreshing combination of adventure and fantasy, with evil creatures and a tumultuous romance.
Elbakin acknowledged that it's hard to judge the full movie, since it was a compilation of only three scenes:
1. The attack of a city and the discovery by of the dagger by Dastan
2. The Prince and the very pretty princess Tamina
3. An ostrich race (Alfred Molina, the comic foil, was in this scene.)
They say that a "pumped-up" Jake is very close to the video game character, leaping and bounding and doing something with broken ribs that I can't figure out!
The movie is reminiscent of PotC and the Mummy, obviously the intent of the creators. Hard to tell if it will make the same impact. Some scenes strain credulity, but they realize that's the point. Some sets were not covincing but others were successful. The Dagger of Time works particularly well.
Not enough time to judge the movie, but it did leave the reporter wanting to see the whole thing, which is a good sign. The movie made a good impression and seems like one the movie-going public will enjoy. And all of this could change once they see the full film.
So pretty positive buzz. Let's hope the ShoWest full reviews next week are even better!
More Oscar photos from flickr:
In case you didn't get enough of Jake and Atticus, a repeat shot from the last post:
(Oscar photos courtesy of flickr: Pulicciano, Ida&Leo, GotSandInMyPants and Brad_Johnson.)