Natali's Splice is getting spliced
I saw Vincenzo Natali's film Splice and while the first half had me really interested, the second half became a joke with the audience laughing out loud at some hilariously bad dialogue and some really daft plot moments. Honestly, it had me shaking my head in disbelief at times.
So its great news to hear that Natali is going back to the editing room before the film is released. The only problem is that the changes are apparently cosmetic and won't really be changing the film that much, so we're told.
Expect my review before the weekend is out, but it's fair to say that Splice turns into somewhat of a comedy horror in the second half, and that's not just my belief, I listened to the packed audience laughing away at three or four big moments in the film.
That's not to say the first half is that way, the first half is clever, intriguing and builds some great characters in a strong and relevant story, and they deliver some good performances too. The first half actually has me believing that we're going somewhere interesting.
I could say that about some of the twists and turns in the second half, but they just aren't delivered well, and it seems that there's a whole plot line ripped out leaving a few key scenes that appear to have characters doing complete turnarounds in their own beliefs scene to scene, and also revealing things about themselves which are hugely important to others, but just ignored.
“You’re going to see a slightly nipped-and-tucked version. I’m actually going into the editing room next week, and if they’re true to their word, it’s just going to be cosmetic. It really comes down to Joel. He loves the movie and actually enjoys the parts that would scare most producers away. He’s being very courageous releasing this. There are also a few things I’m changing after seeing the film with an audience. I believe what will come out of it will be a new and improved cut, but in essence, it’ll be the same film.”
You know I hope that the film really does get a big cut. I want Vincenzo Natali to put in the seemingly missing section and remove the comic moments, or thin them out because there are a couple that are actually enjoyable and well placed. However in my eyes it's two different films, the first half builds it up one way and the second takes it in another direction and it doesn't feel right. I felt the first half was abandoned.