For a movie that purports to want to encourage its target audience to pick up a book and read, “The Pagemaster” never rises above being kind of preachy, and incredibly boring. The movie only has about seventy five minutes to hook in the audience, and the writers don’t give us much of a reason to root for Richard beyond “Hey kids! It’s Macaulay Culkin!” We’re not entirely sure why his character is so hell bent on safety, we’re never given a reason why his parents are stressed out by his attitude, and the message is muddied in the finale. Is the moral to seek out adventures and always be willing to take risks? Is the moral that all the adventure we need is in a book and only a book? Is the moral staying true to yourself is true heroism?
"The Theory Of Everything." In an e-mail to director James Marsh about the portrayal by Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Hawking said there were certain points when he thought he was watching himself. In addition to his copyrighted voice, Stephen Hawking also lent the filmmakers his Companion of Honour medal and his signed thesis to use as genuine props in the film.
Who—or what–is the villain of the movie? Is it illiteracy, or ignorance of the appeal of reading? And what do the books have to do with the overall resolution and the premise altogether? “The Pagemaster” fancies itself an adventure about the joy of opening a book, but there’s never a very interesting implementing of the concept. Even the inclusion of three comedic sidekicks that are literally talking books never quite gets the message across. That said, the animation is quite good, and I love the voice work from Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart and Frank Welker. They’re just sadly wasted in what is a terribly forgettable and bland vehicle that, with a tad more imagination, might have been so much better.
"The Terminator." O.J. Simpson was considered for the Terminator, but the producers feared he was "too nice" to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer.
"Casino Royale." Daniel Craig lost the two front teeth while filming a fight scene in Prague (the first action scene to be shot), and his dentist had to fly from London to replace them.