I wanted to make one more comment on Guillermo Del Toro's sense of composition in Blade II
. There's one shot that, to me, lays all fears to rest that we might not be in the hands of an excellent craftsman. During the techno club melee, there's a point where Nyssa is looking cautiously around for Reapers. She backs up near a curtain, and Del Toro leaves some room on the left half of the frame around the curtain, with Nyssa looking off right -- although she is on screen right, which breaks a sightline rule of composition. These factors would all lead us to predict that a Reaper will fill the left half of frame by jumping out from the curtain; and in most mediocre horror films, this is what happens. But Del Toro has Nyssa turn around and face the curtain. We see no one is there, but then in the very next beat a Reaper springs up from the RIGHT of frame, the only place we didn't expect to see it, so it's still a good shock. That's good direction, and often goes unnoticed.
I also wanted to point out that I heard David Goyer being interviewed by the horrendous Elvis Mitchell today on NPR. Goyer is a very smart guy, having worked on several comic book adaptations along with writing and producing both Blade movies as well as co-writing Dark City
. He was the one who pursused his friend Del Toro to direct it, and finally talked the guy into doing it. The film, which Goyer insists is indeed superior to the original, is definitely a Goyer concept with Del Toro doing the visual work necessary to bring Goyer's ideas to the screen -- yet I like how Del Toro made it even artier. Goyer had some great things to say about race and disease during his interview, but also maintains that the films don't take themselves seriously despite some of the heavier, dark undertones. I'm more confident, after hearing him speak, that none of us are reading too much into Blade II
, a film that lesser minds who carelessly stuff it into a genre along with Resident Evil
would have no idea how to interpret and would scoff at such intricate readings.