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5.0 out of 5 stars The first 'steampunk' film?, 18 Oct 2000
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This review is from: Wild Wild West [VHS] [1999] (VHS Tape)
Oh dear, oh dear - could it be that, yet again, the closeted community of film critics has missed the point entirely? Fulminous rumblings about historical innaccuracy are magnificently irrelevant when applied to this film, which seems not so much a Western or a straightforward action movie as an earnest attempt to create the first true 'steampunk' film. For those who don't know, or simply don't care, about science fiction (and shame upon you, you staid stay-at-homes), 'steampunk' is a label popularly applied to recent works of fiction that take the essence of 'cyberpunk' (outlandish hi-tech, meganational companies and conspiracies, and hard-as-nails streetwise lead characters) and transplant it into the latter half of the nineteenth century. It's often a joy to see how 'steampunk' writers rise to the challenge of rebuilding (or is that prebuilding?) technology that we take for granted today with the science and resources available a century ago. 'Wild Wild West' satisfies. The trick of using Leonardo daVinci's sketches is an old one, but a particular delight is the scene in which Artemus Gordon makes literal use of the old adage that a dead man's retinas will retain the last image he sees. And if you were expecting the plot to be given to you on a plate, why didn't you buy one of the swathes of dreary romantic comedies or monotonous 'hi-octane' thrillers that pollute the shelves of your local video store? 'Wild Wild West' is for thinkers, dreamers, and above all those who can appreciate a little imagination.
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2008 06:24:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Dec 2008 06:28:14 GMT
Whilst you're completely correct-this is what the film is-I think you're giving it a little too much credit to say it's a film for thinkers. All revolutionary labels aside, it's essentially Will Smith running around shooting things and making glib remarks for an hour and a half.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2010 17:26:39 GMT
A. Bradley says:
It's a matter of taste. I hsould hate this sort of film, but I enjoy the steampunkery and light-hearted action.
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