Monday, August 12, 2013

Girl's Eye View: Sharknado

Allow me to quickly introduce myself: My name is Kara, and I live over at www.karaschatter.com . I have no experience in the movie industry, other than watching and appreciating them. I thought I would offer up my movie reviewing skills, or lack thereof, to The Basement to give readers a female perspective on movies, new, old, good, and bad. 

The Discovery Channel’s famous “Shark Week” had decided to wrap things up Saturday night with a double-header showing of Jaws (of course) and … wait, what? Sharknado! This film has swept the social media scene in a frenzy (pun regrettably intended) and so I couldn’t help but hit “Record” on the ol’ PVR to see what the fuss is all about.

Right off the bat, it’s simply ridiculous. A rich, Asian tycoon is aboard a lonely shark-fishing boat, wheelin’ and dealin’ while eating delicious shark fin soup. Then, a storm hits, as does the irony. Asian guy gets devoured by a shark. And so it begins.

The storm makes its way to the California coast, which draws the attention of the surfer crowd to catch the resulting waves. (Enter Beverly Hills, 90201 alum Ian Ziering - You know, that other guy from the show who’s not Jason Priestley, the guy who’s married to Megan Fox, or Luke Perry). There he is, innocently waiting for the perfect wave when sharks hit the fan. They’re suddenly everywhere: On the beach, in the bar, at the pool, on the freeway … You name it, Hurricane David is tossing sharks all over everywhere.

Is this movie award-winning? Yes and no. Yes, I’m sure it will win some kind of horrible movie award at some spoofy awards ceremony. No, I’m sure it’s not in the running for any kind of acting or special effects nod. It’s that bad. Perhaps the producers were hoping no one with a high-def TV would watch this, but the CGI is baaaaaaad. I highly recommend you bust out granny’s black & white tube job to watch this on.

Sharknado is a mash-up between Jaws & Twister. It even seemed like the writers attempted to pay homage to the classic film with a couple of lines and shark-killing methods. (“We’re going to need a bigger chopper.”) 

Overall, the acting and filming are just awful, but what do you expect from a low-budget film? If anything, the ridiculousness of the movie was entertaining in itself, which I think is what the producers were hoping for. I’m giving it a Bad, but please, watch it anyway!

I also did some live tweeting while watching. Here’s a few gems from the night:
On that note, feel free to follow me, @KaraEvs

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