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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 07:28pm on 01/04/2007 under ,
Last night [livejournal.com profile] esrblog and I went to see "The Last Mimzy" with some friends. In case you haven't heard of it, it's based on a classic SF story from the 1940s by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore (a husband-wife team writing under the pseudonym "Lewis Padgett"). The moviemakers updated the tale to the early 21st century and tweaked the plot to produce a plausible happy ending (the original story is kind of dark, in the same way that "Childhood's End" is kind of dark. (If you'd like a synopsis of the original story, go here.)

Otherwise, the movie is very faithful to the storytelling style of the original. The movie manages to be intelligent and realistic in the way it treats the central characters. Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, the boy and girl who are the central characters are amazing actors, but the adults are well cast also. Particular standouts among the adults include Rainn Wilson as the boy's science teacher and Michael Clarke Duncan as the local Homeland Security officer (yes, Homeland Security; it all makes sense in context).

To say more, I'd have to resort to spoilers, and I don't want to do that, because I think people should see this movie with as few preconceptions as possible. Don't let the fact that it's being plugged as a family movie deter you (as if any of my readers would). Just go see "The Last Mimzy." It's simple fun, without zombies, obscenity, or tragedy--and you can take your young kids/siblings/nieces and nephews with you.
location: home
Mood:: 'impressed' impressed
Music:: none

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