District 9 gets my two alien thumbs up!

Man, I still have that excited, giddy feeling a little kid gets on Christmas morning! District 9 opened in cinemas here in South Africa tonight and I watched it, with a packed out cinema of proud South Africans. It was an original South African story (even if it was fictional) with a fully South African cast (thankfully with no yanks trying to pull off accents they cannot)! And the cast “brought it” with a truly international performance! The special effects were awesome. The story line was gripping. I laughed, I gasped, and I probably would have cried at times if I would not have been so excited about how much I was loving the film.

And I wasn’t the only one! When the credits started rolling in the end, the entire people-packed theatre erupted in applause. It was a great moment! I can’t remember the last time I was in a movie that received an applause. It made me proud to see how proud, and “ready”, the South African public is for original, well told South African stories, outside the genres of South African films they are normally fed. It gives me hope for certain films that I would like to see get made; films that I would like to make my self. And it answers some questions I had when I wrote the other blog on the SA film industry just a few days ago. So…if you haven’t seen it yet, go out and watch it! District 9!


One Response to District 9 gets my two alien thumbs up!

  1. Brandon says:

    I am definitely psyched!! I’m seeing it on Sunday. There has been some hating going around but I don’t know about what exactly cause everytime someone says something I drown it out with ‘lah lah lah lah’ or I don’t read stuff not to spoil anything.

    It gives me hope that the script I’m currently busy writing perhaps has a chance to be made – it is a genre-twisting type story. You think it’s going to be one thing, but then it flips on you. It really is an exciting time for South African films. Another movie to look forward to is The Human Factor directed by Clint Eastwood and starring President Morgan Freeman as President Madiba!

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