Ok I can think of a few more words... but seriously what on earth were they thinking? It's as if (And they probably did) take the characters only, not the universe or any of the previous stories, ate them, waited for about 14 hours, then used what came out to construct a series of images that made up this bag of tripe. Anyone who thinks this movie was in the least bit good should be shot with tiny little pellets that don't kill but sting like a beehatch.
Lighten up on the swearing! I don't care what you guys think about this. I happen to like this movie, and it's pretty good, no matter what the critics say. And I noticed, that in the scene where Thomas is going down Muffle Mountain, he's COMPUTER-ANIMATED! And why couldn't have they at least make all the engines mouths move?
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Ok, so it wasn't that great. But it was still Thomas, people. There's something to be said for that.
I liked it when I was little, but I have to admit that I strongly dislike it now. That doesn't mean that I hate it or I "want to shoot the people who liked it with tiny bullets that don't kill but sting terriblely."
I thought that the music was good at least. I own the soundtrack it's so good, in fact.
Well, IMO, I think the new models were to ONLY be used for the movie, but because of it flopping and low money count....yeah, you got the picture. The soundtrack is actually very good, i give it 4 stars. ^^ I just wish I had the CD...or some MP3's, lol. And it WAS kinda nice to see Shining Time Station again...even if it didn't look exactly the same as before.
I thought the film was over-rated. Some people said it was good but I don't agree with them because:
1. Not all of the characters were featured. 2. They should have redubbed when the characters said "railroad" instead of "railway". 3. How could Diesel 10 and Lady be characters from the past when we only first saw them in the movie? 4. There's no way that any tank locomotive can be faster than the class of diesel that Diesel 10 is based on.
To me, the film was not good but at the same time not that bad
The film was a horrible flop, with a very very poor plot, multiple technical flaws and was obviously the concoction of someone whose knowledge of railways would fit onto the pointy end of a pin and leave room for their basic common sense.
Frankly, it was an insult and I would not be surprised if the late Rev W Awdry (God bless him) turned in his grave because of the abomination that has become of his works and characters.
The Thomas Feature Film SHOULD have been a lot better. This is a multi-million dollar franchise with a very rich history behind it, and Allcroft saw fit to turn it into something it wasn't.
Something more subtle along the lines of what they did for Calling All Engines would have been better. A more straightforward storyline for one, and one that fits in with the general TV/RS world of Thomas. But mind you, it HAD to be something flash for the Box Office to draw the crowds in, which would ultimately be a problem for a Kid's TV show spin-off movie.
The fact is these movies very rarely, if ever work, when the show is dead and buried years before. Hence the fact we're getting the Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky and Hutch and all that making Big Screen comebacks.
The only one I could commend for doing a good job on their film, while the show as still running would be The Power Rangers. They did their movie following their second season, most likely to cash in on the popularity of the show's worldwide appeal. It did the job because it was one big adventure which followed the TV show to the letter.
But sadly, Thomas's feature film didn't. And to be honest, would a film that was somewhat like the gentle tales written by the Rev Awdry be exciting enough for the modern day audiences outside of Thomas Fans? Because really, we need to look at general cinema goers as well, I dunno if Thomas would have that broad appeal. And then again, we all know that the fans expect something before they walk through the door as well - to see what they get on TV!
And the bad thing is that the minute they see the advertisement, they automatically know - "I've seen that on the television!" and the split happens to be there! Your opinion's been made before you even walk through the door, because you're already familiar with whether or not you'd want to see these characters. At least with stuff like The Incredibles! and Finding Nemo, these are fresh new beings which there is still an air of mystery about, so it wouldn't be as easy to shun them without at least having ONE look!
Allcroft was up against a tough one here from the word Go. Rather ironic as I suppose that would have been the last word she'd have heard from the Gullane Execs when they found out how much the film actually grossed...
Ah well, it only cost about £10 million to make anyway, so a fairly cheaply made film by all accounts, and the company would have at least made their return on it. So that's one consolation for them I suppose!
It's not often that a movie made from a TV show does well at box office. From the top of my head I think that the only TV show based movies that are good are Addams family (the first 2) and South Park.
Remember when I said that Alcroft only put Shining time in this movie so it would appeal to Americans? I've just thought of 2 films that have just done something simillar. "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" had an American called Tom Sawyer because they reckon that Americans wouldn't want to see the film if an American wasn't in it.
Another example is the Street Fighter movie which was a flop. In the game Ryu was the protaganist. In the movie it was Guile. I reckon they did this to give Jean-Claude Van Damme a big role and he was american.
Chris: Good to know it's not just me. I've been having similar issues for a few weeks. Pages really slow to load when using home internet (TalkTalk) but fine on mobile (Vodafone), so it seems to vary depending on the internet provider...
Mar 23, 2020 0:48:28 GMT
Chris: After further investigation, this might actually be a browser based issue rather than ISP one. As mentioned, the forum was slow at home when I was using Firefox. Switched to Microsoft Edge just now and it was fine. Which browser are you guys using?
Mar 23, 2020 1:06:38 GMT
ThomasandMatt: I use a mixture of Chrome on my desktop at home, and my safari app on my iPhone when I'm out and about. Very rarely do I access it on any other browser. I also have the Tapatalk app where the Forums are hosted.
Mar 23, 2020 1:29:50 GMT
Vought Sikorsky: Hm, so it seems the problem with forum pages loading slowly isn't just something entirely on my end. I use Google Chrome and I've noticed that disconnecting, and then reconnecting to the internet connection speeds up loading pages tenfold.
Mar 23, 2020 1:49:14 GMT
LNERandBR: It's not the only railway that needs to cover its costs and is unable to due to the current shutdown. The Talyllyn has an appeal running as does the Fairbourne, I'm sure many others will follow suit shortly.
Mar 25, 2020 20:19:54 GMT
Ian: ^ Agreed. Severn Valley, North York Moors... quite a list now. Other heritage attractions too- Black Country Living Museum popped up on Facebook this morning. Very worrying time for so many- fingers crossed they can hold out until we all get back out there
Mar 26, 2020 9:22:29 GMT
BNSF1995: Steven Universe came to an end tonight. In the final four episodes, Steven was corrupted into a Godzilla-like monster, he was talked down, he FINALLY kissed Connie, and he left Beach City, possibly forever.
Mar 28, 2020 3:16:47 GMT
Ten Cents Too: I am still having trouble with the forum pages loading. It appears to happen on Google Chrome, on both the Computer and my cell phone.
Apr 2, 2020 16:27:30 GMT
Ten Cents Too: I just checked: it also has trouble on Microsoft Edge.
Apr 2, 2020 16:31:34 GMT