Engaging story jumps from page to screen
When a Ålm adaptation of a book is released, there is often a sense of certainty about the success of the Ålm. Successful books make for successful movies, and the better the Ålm counterpart can reimagine the story in a new medium, the better the result.
Mortal Engines is by far not the best book-to-Ålm transition. But it does have something many others that fail lack — it has a story that pulls the audience in, a world that has many layers (both literal and Ågurative) and characters that aren’t all stereotypes.
Hester Shaw is on a revenge mission to kill the man who murdered her mother.
When she Ånally comes face-to-face with Thaddeus Valentine on the great predator city London, her plans are foiled by the well-meaning Tom, and together they are thrown off the city and forced to desperately crawl their way back.
But with a machinery reanimated solider named Shrike, resistance leader Anna Fang and now Valentine himself after her, Hester must soon embrace her past and her mother’s secrets to stop London’s domination of the world.
The cast of characters are diverse and engaging, and while many of the relationships between them are obvious, each actor’s portrayal is worthy of recognition.
Credit must also be given to the team behind the Ålm, for adapting a book that would have seemed to be a daunting task.
But with Lord of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson producing this Ålm it works with ease, making the cities seem larger than life, the action intense and moving the plot fast enough that after the obligatory Årst section of introductions you are happy to just sit back and become engaged.
While it doesn’t have the big blockbuster pull that it should, Mortal Engines delivers on the visuals, characters and story.
Even if you aren’t a fan of the books, it has plenty to satisfy all.