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Not brilliant, but not totally bad either!
on 1 June 2013
Not as bad as most people have made it out to be, but no where near as good as it could have been. First of all, the big selling point of this film (apart from the 3D which I'll get to in a bit) is that "it continues directly from where the original film left off". Well, it kind of does. You see the aftermath and destruction of the house and family, then it skips forward 25 years or so and becomes just another modern horror film, with the usual bunch of "teens"...the damaged girl, the slapper, the stoner/beer drinker, token black dude and then after they all set off, the jock turns up!
It's also kind of ironic that the 3D works best on the scenes from the original film that have been converted! It really made me want to see that film in 3D. The actaul 3D in this new film is really rather poor! Alot of things just look like cut outs in the foreground. It's used for a few effects (blood on the camera, chainsaw flying into the screen) but really doesn't add anything at all. Infact, it kind of takes away from the film because it's so badly done.
Having said that, it's good to see alot of the cast from the original film (and Bill from the second) feature in this one and it's obvious that the cast and film makers really wanted to pay homage to the original. It's just a shame they kind of fail really. Leatherface also doesn't seem right. He's tall enough, but just doesn't seem large enough. He's a bit too lean and so doesn't really have the air of menace that his character should have. Again, it's a shame as watching the making of's, it's obvious that he's having the time of his life in the role. Again, it's a shame he's not as good as he should be.
Worth a watch if you a fan of the series and not as bad has has been made out, but far from a classic like the original film.