In a first for FilmJerk.com, we are proud to feature two script reviews today on the same film, Mike Judge and Etan Cohen’s forthcoming feature “3001.” These reviews come as it was announced this morning that Luke Wilson (2003’s “Alex and Emma” and “Old School”) has been cast as the central character Joe Bowers, playing a man who goes to sleep only to wake up 1,000 years in the future. Shooting should begin in mid-April.
As often happens with reviewers enjoying different tastes, it should come as no surprise that Edward Havens and Darwin Mayflower fail to come to the same opinions of the script in their reviews.
Edward Havens doesn’t skirt around the issue in giving it an altogether positive review, saying that “the screenplay…is one of the best screenplays I have ever read. Its sometimes truculent skewering of the dumbing-down of the world, of which Judge has been partially accused of contributing to with his creations Beavis and Butthead, will no doubt become a comedy classic…if 20th Century Fox allows Judge to make the film as written on the page. So savage and scabrous does this screenplay get at times, this reviewer cannot imagine the powers of be allowing everything in the script to make it to the final cut. Which would be a shame, because what makes the screenplay so uproarious is its brutal honesty about what is happening with the world today.”
Darwin Mayflower takes the opposite tact, stating in his review of the script that “while “3001” is an amusing script, it never quite lives up to that bright shining light of a premise…A premise like this is pregnant with possibilities. And while the subtle social commentary is sometimes dead-on and powerfully funny, you wish that Judge and Cohen had thought more about what they created, and not indulged so much in exactly what they scorn.”
My thoughts, after reading the screenplay? I’m more apt to agree with Mayflower— and that this would make a better animation feature than live-action. The set designers for the film have a tough job ahead of them here.Rating: D