The Federation Generation have spoken. After venturing out to the university’s Mt Helen Campus and the FedUni Living residence, Jemacra Place, over the past week, I asked a range of students to pick their top five ‘Geeked Out’ movies. From those, a top three were decided: the results are below.
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past
This film was the most popular amongst the student community. In particular, the loop in time that allowed a crossover between the old characters in previous X-Men films and the new was most favourable. Regarding the plot itself, the majority of the students surveyed said they simply enjoyed the battle scenes of the film.
The fact that a machine created to destroy all mutants, which in turn is also capable of destroying humans was, “A big point to make about humanity and the singling out of others who are different”, one student said. In contrast to this, some felt the backstory of how they got to the present could have been portrayed better in the film. Having a notable cast that the students could identify with, including Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Peter Dinklage was also a factor as to why it was rated highly.
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The third instalment of the series was the top pick amongst the students due to “character selection and inclusion”. For one student, it related to the characters, “Sirius and Lupin in particular. It also created the backstory for the future movies”.
In contrast, they found the book-to-film adaptations disappointing and felt they didn’t quite do the books justice. “The death of Dumbledore was portrayed differently in the films”, while other characters were more prominent in the films “which weren’t in the books”.
3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The overall narrative and flow of the plot, as well as the battle scenes throughout the trilogy, were favourites amongst students. When asked about their favourite of the trilogy, The Two Towers was the favourite out of the three for the fact it didn’t centrally focus on the character of Frodo, and it makes contrasts between the relationship of the dwarves and elves. A student found the Battle of Helm’s Deep to be “humorous” regarding the dynamic that forms between Legolas and Gimli, with “Gimli not being able to see over the top of the walls, so Legolas gives him a crate in order to be able to see”. In contrast to The Hobbit, one student stated that CGI was made less apparent in The Lord of the Rings as opposed to its newer counterpart, “The Hobbit gave the ‘overdone’ impression, whereas this was more effectively used for its time”.
Words by Dakota Richards