Unprecedented cinematic delight with seemingly unparalleled action sequences, but the first reactions of Gemini Man also tell that the script is a little wanting.
The results are out. For those of us contemplating what a disaster journey Ang Lee was taking showing a computer-aided young Willie Smith against the Will Smith of today, well it’s unprecedented. So, Lee’s Gemini Man for first reactions invited the press and the biggest movie critics to its first look aka media screening. And the reactions have built a hype that is again, unprecedented.
The folks present during the screening went gaga on twitter, in awe of the action cinematography and the freaking brilliant graphics. Smith’s younger clone is just… well, Willie from 20 years back (read Ali). So, the results were positive across the spectrum – from high frame rate (HFR) cinematography and 3D to the VFX and CGI enabled clone.
Gemini Man First Reactions: Graphics and an Unparalleled Sight to Behold
It seems Ang Lee has come a long way from whence he did HFR for last time in Long Halftime Walk. Furthermore, from the early reviews of Gemini Man, his sense of 3D film-making has gone to unexplored and unthought-of heights from the already Oscar levels of Life of Pi.
Moreover, the cloning of Will Smith had made us all skeptical. So, its a completely digitalized creation, and not just giving a younger face to a real Will Smith running and jumping around. Its motion-capture (like video games do). Maybe that is what has made CGI work at an unbelievable rate.
Till then, here are the best reactions from Social Media.
There’s one scene in #GeminiMan where old Smith and young Smith have an all-out brawl with one another. It’s pretty amazing to watch. I asked Ang Lee how they executed that sequence, and he said it was so involved it took 9 months to complete. 9 months for a fight scene! pic.twitter.com/aPq0RwTRSD— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) September 18, 2019
Just saw #GeminiMan and it’s wiiiiiiild. The young version of Wil Smith is incredible, plus some truly beautiful action sequences and a really great performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The only 3D movie I’ll ever endorse.— Anne Cohen (@anneesthercohen) September 18, 2019
Just saw the final cut of Ang Lee’s #GeminiMan and it’s probably the only movie I’d ever say absolutely must be seen in 3D (and 4K, if possible). I’ve never seen anything like it — it felt like I was inside the movie.— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) September 18, 2019
GEMINI MAN is a technical marvel. In its high frame rate of 120fps, the action sequences legitimately took my breath away. The 20-year-old script leaves something to be desired but seeing a young Will Smith pull off the dramatic moments was a treat.— Hoai-Tran Bui (@htranbui) September 18, 2019
Even high-frame rate skeptics may be converted by what Ang Lee pulls off in #GeminiMan. While not seamless, it’s probably the strongest argument for HFR photography I’ve seen, and the illusion actually gets better as the movie goes along.— Ethan Alter (@ethanalter) September 18, 2019
Vibrating from excitement after seeing GEMINI MAN, it uses 120FPS and 3D to create some of the most exciting action sequences I’ve seen in years. Happy to see Ang Lee return to action, the choreography feels intense because it looks so realistic pic.twitter.com/qXM3lq1sn2— Devindra Hardawar (@Devindra) September 18, 2019
Gemini Man in 120 FPS 3D is a true event film, friends. Late 90s action mold filled with everything Ang Lee brings to the table.— Matt Patches (@misterpatches) September 18, 2019
#GeminiMan is an interesting spin on a Bourne-esque mythos, with a sci-fi angle added on. It’s interesting, but needs a little more story to really dig into. Enjoyable pieces, but a little slight when it comes to the overall picture.— Michael Reyes (@MrControversy83) September 18, 2019
Just saw #GeminiMan. Ang Lee makes a compelling case for 3D and high-frame rates, particularly when it comes to action sequences. Don’t see the 2D version. He admits that the technology is in its early stages, but it works better here than in #BillyLynn and deserves to be seen.— Brent Lang (@BrentALang) September 18, 2019
But the script seems to be weak
So now from the first reactions, we know that the technical aspects of Gemini Man are certainly going to be a cinematic delight. But perhaps the main question that remains is, what will the storyline be like. So, the screening scenes were apparently focused on graphics and high action sequences.
There were scarce dialogues but a sense that the script might be wanting. We certainly hope so that’s not the case. But for the real first overall reaction to Gemini Man, we’ll have to wait for the early official reviews from our critics.