First of all, before I say anything else, I want to thank Richie and anyone else involved in the intensive editing process. It can't be easy trying to keep up with these productions and yet the results are always mind blowing. The least I can do in return is express my appreciation.
Part 4! I had to hide near the back of the house to watch it when I found out that it was out 'cause my family was asleep and I didn't want to wake them. But I also didn't want to wait until they all woke up before I could watch it. ^.^
Julian's acting in this part is astounding. All I think I've ever seen him do is goof off. But the showdown between Liquid and Snake was very impressive. His performance(s) was incredibly believable. (And this is all not mentioning the perfect location choice and the gorgeous camera work.) To be honest, I wouldn't mind seeing more of the serious Julian.
Wario on the roof again! I love the music in that scene and I'm curious as to what it was. (Cause I liked it so much I think I want a copy.
) This scene was fun in the ways that it harked back yet again to the cheerful side of StMB. I've said it before and I say it again, I really enjoy the way Matt can shift between the two Warios. It was good to see him being goofy again. It made me laugh.
CHRIS' COSTUME IS AMAZING! Sorry for the all caps... My fingers got away from me for a second... *shame* Seriously though, I really liked the costume. It seemed so perfect. Not all black but not exactly green either. It goes perfectly along with the idea that Mr. L is neither all Luigi nor all Nox Decious. A costume that reflects the inner psyche of the character is a characteristic of German Expressionist films, one of my absolute favorite genres of film, hence my appreciation of Mr. L's costume. Brilliant job! (Though my little sister wants to know, Chris, how you managed to get the eye make-up on and off with getting any of it in your eyes.)
The fight scene was fascinating! It's very interesting to look at the Wario VS Darkness battle and then the Mr. L VS Fire Mario battle and compare and contrast the two styles. Wario VS Darkness' looks like a well choreographed dance, very similar to what most people are used to seeing in Hollywood movies. However, Mr. L and Mario's looked more like a real fight. (Minus the fact that they were wielding beam swords and firing fireballs out of their hands, obviously.) I think this is because the intensity came from the speed and tightness of the execution of the moves. To be honest, it looks like there is a higher level of trust between Chris and Richie than between Matt and Richie. I know I
would only swing a stick that fast around someone I really trusted and had practiced with a great deal.
It's really subtle but when we first see Mr. L, he looks kind of sad. It's as if part of him is in fact doubting. The way Mario comes into the shot in the background over his shoulder is so perfect because it emphasizes what might be causing that pang of self-reflection. But when he turns around it's gone, buried inside Mr. L.
And then of course the moment when Mr. L sits up so suddenly, bearing his teeth and coming at Mario... that was perfect. He looks so vicious!
When Mr. L and Mario are in the sword lock, just before Mario lets fly with a fireball in Mr. L's face, the close up shots are really poignant. Mario looks like he knows exactly what he's about to do but he's weighing the options. He looks so sad. He doesn't want
to hurt his brother.
After Mr. L collapses for the last time, the way Mario throws down his beam sword and drops down beside his brother is really moving. It hints at the way Mario had to suppress his genuine feelings for the sake of saving the world. But as soon as he could, he stopped being “the Choosen One” and went back to being an older brother trying to protect his younger brother.
Wow... I just looked back over what all I've written and I can't help but hear that little voice suggesting that I've read to much into it all. But I can't help it. I love the series so much and this movie has been such an epic climax to it all. I can't wait to see how it all wraps up. And I want to thank all of you again for putting so much time and effort into it all. I know it has meant a lot to me.