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The worst snub: makeup. There were ONLY 3 nominations in that category!!! They couldn't have "squeezed" in ONE more??? John C Reilly's makeup was absolutely incredible! I was so pissed when I saw the nominations! I know this is an old post, but anyway... Actually, this is an "adaptation" of a story by Arthur Conan Doyle (of Sherlock Holmes fame) and it's subsequent silent film by Willis O'Brien (of King Kong fame.) Chrichton's book mainly just "borrowed" the title for his sequel to his Jurassic Park novel. (I don't buy the story that he didn't know of the original book.) Speilberg, being a film fan, most likely included a few scenes or motifs as homages to earlier film version versions of Doyle's story. Malkovich is all wrong. Accent is...non-existent. Imagine DeNiro as Sherlock Holmes to get an idea of how wrong it is. The decision to simply convert video to black and white, and make no other effort to make this parody look and feel like the source material, is the main reason many people feel this is a sub-par parody. It gives the impression that not much work was put into this, but in many other aspects except post-production decisions, this is a fairly well-done comedy. Just saw it. Loved it. I cried. Thanks for the heads up. I just checked and found it! Going to see it on Super Bowl Sunday! Honestly, I don't care if a Beatles biopic broke any "new ground" or not. I would just enjoy watching a well-made, well-acted, old-fashioned biopic of their rise to stardom, liberally sprinkled with their songs. I know this is an old post, but here's my two cents: The residents of this alternate universe refer to things they don't actually have experience with. For example, rain is a word they know, but they've never actually experienced it. And as far as colors, they probably refer to colors, just as characters in actual old B&W shows do. For example, they may recite rhymes like "roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you." They have just never actually seen these colors. Choreography = movement, whether it's swinging on ropes, stomping in rain puddles, dancing with CGI elephants or shuffling with a cartoon mouse. "And STAY off my lawn, little brats!" :-) You're right. The father was certainly included as comic relief, although it's a light comic touch. I personally enjoy the Fritz moments more. View all replies >