Finally watched this on BD in my theater last night. It was pretty much what I expected. Lots of amazing eye candy and a terrific sound mix. Really, a masterpiece of technical film-making. This is a huge
movie. All 9 figures of its cost were all up there on the screen and pouring out of the loudspeakers in big, booming bursts. An AVS gearhead's dream.
The world they built! Oh my.
The attention to detail is remarkable. I don't know who won the Oscar for production design last month but it damn well should
have been this movie. Every scene is a breathtaking example of a fully imagined steampunk world.
The plot is mundane, the writing pedestrian, and the narrative is entirely predictable. Rolling "traction cities", gobbling up other smaller traction cities for their resources 1700 years from now in what the author called "Municipal Darwinism"? Really?
I kind of want to read the book(s) now, because the whole concept is just so batpoop crazy I want to know more.
This movie is primo eye-candy baby. That's what I wanted, and that's what I got! Viva Peter Jackson and viva New Zealand! The second time in a month that small island nation has made me very happy.