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PostWed Jan 10, 2024 3:03 pm 
I wasn't expecting much but the movie was a disappointment. Mostly racing scenes with poor dialogue and cardboard characters. Read the book instead.

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PostWed Jan 10, 2024 3:34 pm 
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Oh totally, I'm well aware of this and it almost never bothers me. I don't necessarily need the lake, the Cut or the campus to look exactly like they did in the 30's, nor do I generally mind if, say, a production uses a neighborhood in Vancouver to stand in for Seattle. It's just that when you've got scenes taking place in a locale where there should be Cascades towering off in the horizon, but instead everything in the distance is just flat and level, well... no thanks. Give me any mountains on the horizon, and I'd be fine with it. I'll admit that it's kind of a petty reason to avoid a movie, but I can't shake that feeling. /shrug
Okay, I got ya. Well speaking of Vancouver, one of of Jackie Chan's early movies was supposed to be in NYC, but they filmed in BC. Pretty weird seeing big snow capped mountains in the distance. I don't think the Big Apple has those. Or one of the worst ever, The Deer Hunter. Upstate New York or Pennsylvania or wherever they went for a weekend hunting trip, and there's Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan prominently featured in several shots.

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PostWed Jan 10, 2024 3:45 pm 
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Okay, how do you make current Lake Washington/Montlake Cut look like it did in the 1930s? Pretty tough. You'd have to CGI the hell out of it. Campus probably looks fairly different now as well.
Tighter shots in the Cut, in Union Bay, against the backdrop of Lake WA parks. It's not like we saw a great sweeping landscape in the movie--it was just rowing next to a marsh. Campus would have been easy! They only used a couple exterior building shots (of buildings not at UW). Show Suzzallo and the Quad--those buildings are all that old (okay Smith was 1939 but no one will split hairs over that).

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PostWed Jan 10, 2024 5:24 pm 
In the 1930s the Montlake Parking lot was a Seattle city dump. It was still releasing methane into the 70s.

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