I love the Riddick franchise. I love Pitch Black, I love that one animated movie, I love the not-at-all-good Chronicles of Riddick.
I love Vin Diesel, as an actor and, from what I have read so far in interviews, as a decent human being. He’s kinda a dork. He started his career in musical theater. He’s a massive gamer who loves comics and AD&D. I also love his body, and his voice …..
I’m sorry, where was I?
Oh, yes, Vin Diesel.
The most recent film in the franchise is Riddick. I watched it yesterday, on dvd, and quite enjoyed it.
A few things I liked:
1. The reset, as it were, of Riddick back to animal-loner-outside? I liked it a lot. That’s the part that works. Riddick comes from outside, he’s not a part of human interactions and exchange. The end of CoR was difficult in that way. This movie fixes it.
2. I liked the callbacks to the first movie. I liked the Johns connection. I liked the oncoming storm, I liked the basic re-creation of the plot of Pitch Black. That’s what WORKED.
3. The relationship between Riddick and the dog was a lot of fun.
Things I didn’t like:
1. The sexuality of the Katee Sackhoff character. Her sexuality was a weirdly awkward plot point. I couldn’t figure out what the PURPOSE of highlighting it was supposed to be.
2. The dog dies.
All told, I hugely enjoyed the film.
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