First of all keep in mind that while I'm a huge fan of the original NOES movies I went into the theater with an open-mind knowing that this was going to be a re-imagining of the story based off of what Wes Craven had created, and I did. And it was a re-imagined version because there was much that was changed from the original story. First of all, the huge factor was Freddy Kreuger being a child molester rather than a child murderer as he was originally portrayed as; I mean sure, in the original series there was some implications of possible child molestation, but that was only in the background. Here it was a huge plot point. There wasn't the trademark house, but a preschool where the incidents happened. The children on Elm Street were all children he violated during their preschool years, which is where the huge differences from the original come into the picture, and that is how all of them are connected and why Freddy is attacking them because they "told the truth" or whatever. Of course one of my gripes is that unlike the original we didn't get a clear picture of who these kids were, they didn't interact with each other and mostly we spent on one character at a time and rarely of them together, aside from the last surviving two. Which, I preferred the original Nancy better. Like, this one was good, but Heather Langenkamp's Nancy was way more relateable and she actually was resourceful, she had planned on taking down Freddy by herself through her own devices and it wasn't because she was a previous victim of his, either.
Overall, it was just a mess. It was like they were trying to take the fantastical horror aspect from the originals and place some realism into it, and of course the only way to do that is by adding in molestation which doesn't fit in at all with the mythology at hand. They didn't explain anything other than that, and it's just, I don't know. It felt wrong and off and all over the place. I mean come on, the mystery in itself wasn't that hard to figure out so it dragged the movie so much for them to "discover" what really happened to them.
At least I enjoyed most of the cast, at least. Katie Cassidy is gorgeous as ever (also am I the only one making SPN parallels with "Dean" and "Rufus"? lol), Thomas Dekker, Kyle Gallner, Clancy Brown (!!), Connie Britton (Mrs. Coach Taylor!), Jackie Earle Haley, so yeah, I think I mainly went to see these actors for sure, and they managed to salvage parts of it, but unfortunately not even they could redeem the story, or such a nonexistent one anyway.
So yeah, those are my thoughts. I did go in without much expectations, I knew it wasn't going to be like the original and I was hoping that it would have something interesting, but the storytelling was bland and unoriginal since there was too much drawing of similar scenes from the original that didn't make sense. So yeah, I was majorly unimpressed. Shorthand version: the trailer is much more exciting than the actual film, because it painted itself to look like it had something worthwhile going. Unfortunately, it seems like the director is getting butthurt and saying those that disliked it need to "get a life". :/ Way to stay classy, dude.
++ Speaking of the NOES franchise, does anyone remember the television series Freddy's Nightmares? Richard Speight Jr. made an appearance twice on the show, and OMG LOOKIT THE ADORABLENESS OF HIM! WITH HIS FLUFFY 80s HAIR AND THE EARRING! Apparently he was only 19 when he filmed this, which makes it even cuter to see. Just, as;dlfjalsdf d'awww. ♥ I swear, next time I see Richard I'm gonna comment about this because it's too good to pass up. Heee.
++ I just watched the new Christina Aguilera video and....I am not impressed, sorry to say. I don't know. I love her singing, she has fantastic vocal range but her image has always bugged me for some reason. It's like she's trying too hard to fit into the current trend in music instead of just being herself. She changed even her vocals to fit into that which is what bugs me the most, I think. Because I'm like "that's not Christina" and I'm not sure if that's the point, but I'm just not impressed at all by it. I mean I was waiting for a comeback, this just wasn't what I was expecting.
++ For the last couple of days I have been going through ontd_spnparty (which I avoided for some time because I thought they posted uncut spoilers which they don't) mainly for gifs/macros and teh funny, and I also spent hours raiding Tumblr, along with being with my beloved mishaland peeps. WHY ARE THESE PLACES SO ADDICTIVE?! IDEK YOU GUYS, SRSLY, FANDOM IS TAKING OVER MY LIFE. IT IS MAKING ME AN INSOMNIAC AND THAT ISN'T GOOD, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW TO QUIT YOU FANDOM!
++ New wank is hilarious and facepalm worthy, but mostly hilarious. I don't know the author nor have I read her series, but lady seems to be new to fandom, or the Internet in general, lol.