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Director Jonathan Frakes
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Reviewed by badge on September 14th, 2011
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Given how lousy this movie turned to be, you won't go into this commentary expecting very much. It's a time-passer, at least. Frakes has a conversational manner and you can almost forgive him for this film (as a director-for-hire, its failure instead rests on the producers/writers). Acting as if he'd never heard a bad review of it in his life, Frakes instead accentuates the positive, pointing out that it's a "kid-friendly" film for family audiences enough times for you to suspect it's a veiled away of defending the film from its negative criticism. As with his TREK commentaries, his view of the film seems to be informed by the experience he had making it, rather than the final product. Pity, really - the commentary track would have been the only chance he could have ditched all the feel-good stuff and said exactly what he could see was wrong with the film from the outset.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on February 22nd, 2013
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Awful. He just watches the film and doesn't say much. And when he doesn't say anything, he says "Boom" when a new scene comes on.
Yeah, can you imagine Terry Gilliam, Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith saying "boom" in his commentaries.
Also, he sounds like he's sucking on a sweet throughout the track. Which is probably what he was doing. He says some lines had to be changed because they were "Too corny." Oh, as if the lines in the movie already weren't corny.
Yeah, in a nutshell, his sentences end with either "in England", "Boom" or "but that was too corny".
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