So I finally watched The Book of Eli–took me long enough! And wow, this is probably my new favorite movie, and definitely my favorite post-apocalyptic movie. This film got mixed reviews, largely due to its religious overtones–it is, after all, about *SPOILER* a guy trying to bring a Bible out west during the aftermath of an apocalypse. However, I didn’t see the film as overly religious. As a writer and a researcher of literacy–and an atheist–it’s hard to deny the impact the Bible has had on human history. I liked how one of the last shots of the film was of the newly-printed Bible being placed on a shelf along with other religious texts. That showed me that this film was less about the Bible itself, and more about the preservation of history, and the start of a new era–which is what the best post-apocalyptic stories are about, I think.
Anyway, enough of that. The story of the film is great, but the cinematography is really what makes this movie awesome. Each shot could easily be in a graphic novel or video game. I like how it captured the grittiness of a wasteland, but still made it seem beautiful. And the costumes are epic. Can’t we all just dress like this already?