It’s been with interest that I’ve watched Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton in their new show ‘At the Movies‘ on the ABC and watched the new ‘Movie Show‘ on SBS with Megan Spencer, Fenella Kernebone and Jaimie Leonarder. I’ve got a lot of respect for Margaret and David and their show follows the same format they used to use on SBS. The new Movie Show people do a good job – they know their stuff but I think with three of them all having their say the actual movie review gets a bit lost. Margaret and David give a good overview of what the story behind the movie they are reviewing is so the audience get a good sense of what it is about whereas the Movie Show crew are a bit all over the place and I think important information gets lost along the way.
For instance this week they both reviewed Shaolin Soccer and the Movie Show gave it a good wrap and I thought ok it looks like it will be a good one. On At the Movies they mentioned that the original had been cut by up to half an hour and it had been dubbed in English which was not mentioned on the Movie Show at all. David didn’t rate it for this reason but Margaret thought it was quite good and she said the subtitles were hard to wade through.
Don’t get me wrong I think all of the abovementioned reviewers know their stuff, I just think that three presenters on the Movie Show is perhaps a bit too much. I guess though, they didn’t want to copy Margaret and David’s format too closely.