Maybe its because I’m getting older, and/or softer, but some big films of the last few years have made me ask ‘Whats not to like?’ I shall explain the merits of the following list below, and maybe some of the reasons why numerous other people didn’t feel so positively inclined.
First off, in at number…
5. ‘Watchmen.’ Terry Gilliam famously said it couldn’t be done. Paul Greengrass dropped out as quickly as he had suggested Simon Pegg to play NiteOwl. Interesting? Not nearly as interesting as two huge hollywood studios with vested interests in superheroes, releasing a film that says these myths are no longer necessary. Combined with great performances of wonderfully flawed characters, with an exact ‘from page to screen’ graphic reverence that Znyder brought over from his much more acclaimed ‘300’, I think even Alan Moore would have to agree the film’s end works even better than his graphic novel original.
4. ‘John Carter.’ This film has the wrong title. Thats it. This is why it failed. Otherwise, it is a perfectly good action/adventure yarn. Has it been seen before? Well, yes, but many, many times during its long 100 year origin. ‘Star Wars?’ ‘Avatar?’
3. ‘Tron: Legacy.’ A sequel to a note-worthy, Disney good vs evil family adventure film, was never going to be a hard boiled cyberpunk noir. Just like the new Star Wars trilogy before it, most people couldn’t understand why this film hadn’t grown up with them in the years since the original. Its just that, Disney, like Lucas understand that 10 year old boys aren’t ready for ‘THX -1138’ or ‘Bladerunner’ just yet, but that maybe Star Wars/Tron is a good starting off point. Oh and by the way, Disney buying Star Wars…is a good thing. I do I need remind you of ‘The Phantom Menace?’
2. ‘Hulk.’ I’m not entirely sure I know of anyone, personally that likes this film. In the last year alone, one film it seems, in most people’s eyes has wiped clean it’s memory. That of course is thanks to the fine talents of Mark Ruffallo in The Avengers. But what of Ang Lee’s angry man? Well, its long, and takes its time. Feuding families, revealing sins of the fathers, leading to tense, dramatic consequences, which I felt were delivered when the green guy is finally revealed. Does he look ridiculous? Of course he does, he’s a 15ft green man. Here to smash? Yes, but also to reflect, through a Hulk tinted lens.
And finally, we get to the top spot.
1. Prometheus. A film that I can’t say anything about that hasn’t already been said. And thats just it! A film that is so universally loathed, is probably the most talked about ‘event’ movie of the year. Here’s a good example. My brother and I had a very heated exchange on the phone, concerning the pro’s & con’s of this film, and although I will agree its certainly flawed, its suffice to say my brother hated it. Despite this, he has recently purchased it on blu-ray, has watched again, and I’m sure will watch furthermore. He still hates it. I believe him. What I love about this film, is what I think most people don’t. Ambiguity. Which, on the most part has been translated to ‘plot holes.’ I love science fiction, but I love it more with added mystery. This is why ‘Close Encounters Special Edition’ is a worse cut than the original. I don’t need to see inside the mothership. Also, like ‘John Carter’ before it, a better marketing strategy was needed. I feel if people were made more aware of how a sequel is in mind, then they may have been more forgiving.