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Entry 11/12/2009 01:31:33 AM – Mentat 541

11/12/2009
 

     It’s a quiet night in the neighborhood at least for the moment, and I’m sitting here listening to some classical music as I attempt to chew on what I read from Wells’ The Invisible Man.   It was a fabulous book at the beginning through the middle of the story however toward the end I got the distinct impression that Wells jumped the gun in making Griffin (the invisible Man) a complete bat-shit crazy psychotic.  I was able to do a little research as to the time that The Invisible Man had been written and about the time that Freud had begun his dissertations and the approach of psychoanalysis and I get the distinct impression as to my reading through the history of Freud and Wells that Wells had read the necessary papers or attended the necessary lectures to fill in Griffin’s loss of sanity. 

     The problem that I had with the ending of the story — particularly at about the time that Griffin had ended up in Dr. Kemp’s home and began telling the story about how he had discovered the formula for invisibility — was that while the story did make sense and one could find some want to sympathy for Griffin’s plight the method where his sanity turns completely on its ear does not follow any pathology that I understand.  If anything, Griffin’s wont for his reign of terror through the English Countryside seemed hair-brained and cooked up at the last minute in order to wrap up the story in a tidy and classically Greek manner. 

     I understand Lord Acton’s dictum about "…power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely…"  and while I can see that the path that Griffin had been taking would most assuredly lead him down to the path of terrorizing those that had hunted him down for being invisible and a threat to society on the whole…  The manner for which he had come to this conclusion while in the company of Kemp as he told Kemp the story is a wildly illogical leap.  If anything, the actions of Colonel Adye coming into Kemp’s mansion and Griffin feeling betrayed would have made more sense for Griffin to completely lose his mind and not only attack Kemp but wreck havoc on the English Countryside. 

     Then again I realize that psychology and the methods of psychoanalysis were still in its infancy at this point, so perhaps I should cut the story a little slack as to the pathology of Griffin’s insanity. 

     Another slighter problem that I had with the story had to do with all the fiddling and experimenting that Griffin had been doing while at the Coach & Horses Inn in Iping.  While it’s easy to formulate that the experiments that Griffin is doing while in the Inn was to work on the formula and perhaps an antidote that would allow him the ability of being visible and invisible in much the same manner as it’s been hinted in the story about Dr, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  It’s completely thrown out the window in rush of getting the story completed, in spite of the fact that Marvel was the one that took and hid the books in the process. 

     Ultimately though, while I found the book entertaining, and thought it rather amusing that I had avoided reading this as a teenager because it was simply part of the "optional summer reading", I was disappointed that Griffin’s insanity felt like it was simply thrown in to hurry the story up.  Though admittedly I’m a firm believer this was an excellent book for its time and gave me more than enough satisfaction at seeing the psychology of people at the turn of the 20th century in the process. 

 

     Over the weekend, I had also been able to purchase and watch the movies GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (bargain basement of course), as well as Jim Caviezel starring in the movie Outlander.  Do I need to tell say that in spite of the fact that Outlander is a retread of the movies Pathfinder (with Karl Urban) and Predator (with Ahnold) was more entertaining than GI Joe?  No, I don’t need to, I did already.  It’s pretty apparent this was a Summer Popcorn Movie; but at the same time it was horribly clichéd and predictably pedantic, and further I had some serious issues seeing Marlon Wayans in this….  Marlon Wayans…  Really.  Between seeing him and Dennis Quaid’s over-the-top performance General Hawk, I should’ve taken the warnings that it would’ve been best to simply shut off my brain and try not to take it as anything other than a piece of cinematic fluff.  But I didn’t and could only find myself barely entertained by it’s work.

      On the plus side, about the only piece of eye-candy worth mention was seeing Tatum Channing…  Still, I think they should’ve kept his lines to a minimum (like they did with Reeves in The Matrix) for the more that he spoke, the less believable that he was in the role of Duke.  Heh, and to give you an idea of the time that I lost my ability to suspend disbelief in his acting was about the same time that he was talking to his ex-girlfriend — The Baroness (played by Sienna Miller) at the beginning of the film.  Oh, and it was also good to be seeing Arnold Vosloo (playing Zartan) even if the role was pretty minor.  If they do make a sequel, I strongly doubt we’ll be seeing him as Vosloo, given that he’s now a sort of shape-changing master of disguise. 

 

     Outlander was by far a bit more entertaining, although it took me more than a few moments to figure out that Freya was none other than Sophia Myles from Underworld.  Then again, I’m not well known for remembering women (either by name or face) s that’s a gimme really.  Oh…  And jeez what a sight to see none other than Ron Perlman in this movie.  I mean I could forgive seeing John Hurt as the leader, he looked like he actually enjoyed doing a role as a Norwegian Viking Leader…  But Perlman?  Lord have mercy, he didn’t sound like he had phone in the role as he has in other places, but yet he didn’t look like he was much into this role either.  Fortunately though, his demise was not only fabulously bloody, but timed impeccably enough…  The one scene that I enjoyed the most had to have been the scene with Kainan (Caviezel) and Wulfric (played by Jack Huston) at the bridge to the stronghold and how Kainan throws the torch over the bridge and the creature — called a Moorwen — is standing there, puts the torch out and then begins its own bioluminescence to demonstrate its anger and malevolence.  

 

     Next week it looks like Star Trek is supposed to be coming out on DVD…  Of which I’m sure I’ll be picking up the same was as I picked up like GI Joe. 

 

     Well that’s about it for the time being.  Off to try to finish the night here and enjoy my day off.  Until the next time.

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