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Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 16:34:14 -0500
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From: Walter Von Bosau <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: WILD, WILD WEST - Sneak Preview Test Screening Review (fwd)
I saw what we were told was the first-ever screening of Wild Wild
West last night! Here's my sneak review...
The screening was at a theater across from the Silicon Graphics
building in Mountainview -- a sign of CGI effects to come? It was
a normal screening, where we had to fill out a form and everything
to promise not to put any in formation on the Internet. Are they
kidding? We didn't know if it was going to be Matrix or Wild Wild
West because they were asking us questions about whether we
wanted to see both of them. I hoped it was Matrix, because the
commercials look great, but no, it was West.
Overall, just to get it out of the way, I would say that the
pretty kickin'. The effects weren't all done. But the sound at
was fully there. I haven't ever seen Will Smith do a bad job, so
there was no surprise, and the last thing I saw Kevin Kline in was
In and Out, and he was good in that, and he worked well here,
esp. partnered with Will Smith. Kenneth Branaugh gets to try
another new accent: bad guy southerner.
The plot: I never really saw the tv show, so I can't say if it was
faithful to it or not, but it takes place right after the
Branaugh as the bad guy wants to assassinate the president and
split the United States back up. Will Smith and Kevin Kline are
US agents out to protect the prez and foil the evil plans. Selma
Hayek is the love interest for Will Smith.
All in all, there is a lot of action, Will Smith is a big star and
shows it. He carries the movie and shows again he can do big,
lavish action films without being an idiot. The guy can act. It's
funny and the big surprise is this huge mechanical tarantula and
other cool gadgets that they use to fight one another.
It is not such a big surprise that this movie is good since it was
directed by Barry Sonnenfeld who did Men in Black. I'd give it a