"Hasta la vista, baby."
The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, costume designer Sarah Trost joins us to talk about one of her favorite films, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
We talk about why we all love this film so much and where this movie fits into our feelings for the entire franchise, and look at why James Cameron’s entries seemingly hold up so much better than the rest. We chat about the script that Cameron and William Wisher, Jr., put together here and the way they smartly chose to parallel elements from the first in the franchise. We look at how Cameron crafts films and why this film still holds up so incredibly well. We discuss the actors – Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick and Joe Morton primarily – and talk about what they all bring to the table, even commenting which of the actors delivers a performance that might have warranted an Oscar nomination. We look at the amazing cinematography, stunts, effects, makeup, costumes, models, music, editing – honestly, everyone involved in this film seems to be working at the top of their form and we talk about that. And we talk about the brilliant metal man effects work they did here bringing the T–1000 to life (and pushing this budget over $100 million, the first time a film cost that much).
It truly is an action film that’s set a standard for all action films to follow and a film that hardly shows its age. We have a great time talking with Sarah about this one so tune in! (Oh, and be prepared for some explicit language in this one.)