Watership Down (2018– )
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ETA: The third and fourth parts were weaker than the first two, and I have to admit that I lost interest during part three, it was just too drawn out for how little was going on. Part four was slightly better, but three and a half hours was simply too much in the end.
The only complaints I have are the animation and some parts of the story. For the animation, it's not the worst CGI I've seen, but I feel like it could've used some more work. Plus, the characters look a bit more like hares than rabbits.
The second part is the characterization of Hazel and Bigwig. Hazel seems to be the "I don't want to be a leader" kind of guy who doesn't have as much power of a leader as he did in the book and movie. And I couldn't find myself smiling when Bigwig was on the screen. He was too angry and contrarian to make me think that he'd have a good point. But they're not the only characters to have that kind of personality change, so I won't go into it further.
One final part I have a bit of a problem with is Bigwig saying that he was a storyteller to get into Efrefa. With a battle-scarred rabbit like that, it's no doubt Woundwart wasn't really that fooled.
Other than that, it was fine. Not as good as the 1978 movie, but still fine.
This remake follows the same basic story albeit a more watered down version. But I can't see how this cost £20m to make as the cgi/animation is very poor especially of the rabbits themselves to the point where it is impossible to tell most of them apart.
Overall if the new generation want to watch this I would recommend they also see the 1978 original.
Like I said in the title, it's one of the better things I've seen on Netflix lately, reason is that all Netflix originals are the same: they start really strong but halfway down the movie or series it's like the money is gone or the writers are in a hurry and it gets worse and worse and fades slowly to a bad ending.
This bunny-adventure kept interesting till the ending, and yes the CGI wasn't great and it wasn't as dramatic as I was expecting and maybe a watered down version for more a broader audience but it wasn't bad or boring.
So if you can see through the fact they are talking rabbits it's just a fun little adventure with of course a deeper message about being nice and all that stuff.
They did not change much to the story at all, small details perhaps are different but nothing to make even the longest tenured fan the slightest bit upset. Unfortunately 'certain' human beings will still probably find 'something' to complain about since that's what they do best when it comes to movie and book reviews, and I'm also proving that by complaining about them in particular, but let me assure you there is very little to bicker or whine about.
We have so much potential, and though we do show a lot of that potential quite often and keep that hope of a better world alive, we more often than not go in the complete opposite direction collectively at an exponential rate and leave our mark on the earth like a wildfire.
It's dark and probably heavy for young children, but I think the message is important so it's worth watching for that.
"Watership Down" (2018) fails on all these counts. The landscapes are serviceable, but the movement of the rabbits is inexplicably crude like a hobbling animatronic toy. The music, while not intrusive, is hardly inspiring. And the rabbits are all so similar in appearance that it is hard to distinguish them as individuals. And if it is hard to distinguish them, it is that much harder to identify with them, or to care about their story.
To compound matters, the pacing of this 4 hour miniseries sags at several points, leaving one to pine for the taut pacing of the original feature length film.
All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies ... and chief among them is an insipid Netflix reboot of your glorious tale.
As we know the first one scared alot of children as was far advanced for it's time and quite graphic with the scares and violence.
Also because of how advanced it was I don't think alot of younger children totally understood it.
It has a good line of actors and the voices fit well. It has differences but that is what I like about it. This version gives children today a chance to watch it without firstly being scared or disturbed by it and it's simpler so they wont get lost with the plot.
I enjoyed it and I am an avid fan of the first as I am that 70's generation. It was a job well done. I will buy it on DVD to add to the collection.
The virtual sets are mostly very naturalistic and effective. But these days, we expect the grass and foliage to move in the breeze. The lack of animation in the backgrounds meant the CGI was largely wasted and created a feel of deadness to how it looked.
The character design was adequate, no better, and the texturing could have done with several more iterations. The characters looked unfinished. The fur was detailed but had no movement. Again, there was a feeling of deadness to the look of it.
Integration of chzracters with backgrounds was, again, adequate at best.
The tool of CGI was weilded like a blunt instrument, not a delicate tool. This should not have been trumpeted as a triumph: for a flagship project, it bordered on a technical disaster in terms of execution.