Coming Soon: Mortal Engines

Becky Aurit

'Twas the end of a long weekend, when all thro' the theaters
Not a creature was stirring, presumably because they were trying to figure out which movie would be Best Performer on Monday;

Sorry about that, poetry has never been my strong suit. I did get recognized in a high school English class for being the only student to correctly use commas in an essay about "The Scarlet Letter." This made me the only person who did not need to rewrite said essay. Being a 17-yearold comma queen doesn't earn you a lot of friends.

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I can start wrapping up the trailers for the numerous December releases, starting with "Mortal Engines."

"Mortal Engines" is based on a novel by Phillip Reeve. It is a post-apocalyptic story, in which cities are the air, on the sea, and on wheels after some sort of disaster altered the Earth's geology.

The bulk of the preview revolves around the fact that London is evil, and attacks other cities. Why are they evil? It isn't really clear. In real life the most evil thing I've known Brita to do was drink tea in lieu of coffee.

At first pass, I thought the idea of crazy steampunk mobile cities was pretty cool, but after a few views, I am definitely not excited for "Mortal Engines." The plot seems convoluted, and the visual effects seem cheap. There also aren't many notable actors in the cast. The only person I actually recognize was that guy who played Elrond in "The Lord of the Rings" series. Elrond isn't going to get my money.

The script for "Mortal Engines" was co-written by Peter Jackson, and he was also one of the producers. The preview for "Mortal Engines" puts a lot of emphasis on Jackson's involvement. This concerns me, because it seems to be the main selling point for the movie, rather than the quality of the film itself.

"Mortal Engines" opens the weekend of December 14-16, against "The Mule" and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." Given the competition, I don't see "Mortal Engines" dong well, and my money is on cartoon Spidey winning the weekend.

Watch the trailer for "Mortal Engines" on YouTube

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