Apparently this is this blogs 75th post, had i known i would’ve probably done something different for the occasion, oh well!
I will freely admit i’m a bit of a snob when it comes to movies. Most times it is impossible for me to simply turn off my brain while watching something. It comes as a bit of a curse when i would want nothing more to have fun during otherwise terrible movies (all of the Transformers movies, Karas, etc.), and just enjoy the explosions, but in most cases i can’t.
Thankfully a movie like “Versus” exists that allows me to do just that then.
Doesn’t matter. I’m dead serious.
Alright, where to start really? I will admit fully that this film reads like a grocery list of things i found awesome from the ages of 12 – 17, a short list is as follows:
Leather Trench Coats
Riding Motorcycles with no Helmet
Putting on Shades
Taking off Shades
Spinning 360 Shots
Brushing Long Hair Out of You Eyes
Duel Wielding Guns
Shooting Zombies with Guns
Samurai Fighting Zombies with Swords
Duel Wielding Oversized Katanas
Incredibly Stupid Poses with Oversized Katanas
Brutal but Stylised Violence
Mysterious Anti-Heros with Numbers instead of Names
That’s just a short list of what goodies are found here, and indeed the teenager/neckbeard in me still loves the shit out of all of it.
ALL OF IT…
There’s nothing more for me to say really, i can go into how the story is just an obligatory addition to the various fight scenes. Or how the production values are a little on the low side. Or how most people would probably roll their eyes so hard as to eject them from their seats because of how stupid this all is. But you already knew that, and is therefore not worth going into detail.
I think the key to my enjoyment of this film is that the story as bare bones as it is just barely holds everything together, and not only does it check all of the boxes in various fantasy versions of myself the film makers also approached the ridiculousness of the situation with so much wild enthusiasm that i can’t help but jump in and wish i too was cruising down the highway, my leather trench coat billowing in the wind and my trusty Katana at the ready.
Again i think even that is over thinking things too much. Bottom line is that if any of that list above makes you dry heave then this movie will certainly not convince you otherwise. But, if any of the above is in your list of guilty pleasures, dive in.
You’ll love it.
**** OUT OF FIVE