Seen any good movies lately?
If your mind goes blank (like mine), you’ve got good reason. And if you rarely get to the movie theaters anymore (like me), you’ve got a good excuse.
It’s shaping up to be THE WORST YEAR FOR MOVIES — EVER, declares the Wall Street Journal.
Stop and think about it. Have there been any movies you waited for with eager anticipation? When you scan the summer movie listings (usually a prime movie season), do you spot any you’re dying to see? And where are the usual smash summer hits?
"Go into a movie theater any day of the week and watch as the audience sits listlessly through a series of lame, mechanical trailers for upcoming films that look exactly like the D.O.A. movies audiences avoided last week," the Journal wrote.
Ya, and where are those movie sleepers, films that become unexpected hits, like "Slumdog Millionaire," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "There’s Something About Mary," "Sideways," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Juno." Go back far enough and you’ll discover perhaps the biggest movie sleeper of them all: "Rocky."
Naw, these days there are too many bad sequels, too many sequels of movies that were duds the first time around (e.g. The Incredible Hulk). There’s no new bona fide action star emerging to succeed the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford and Sylvester Stallone. And there’s not enough courage by the industry to go beyond overworked formulas, says the Journal.
Instead, there’s more films about misunderstood mercenaries, rogue cop, congenial thugs from South Boston, boys who do not want to grow up and about dance choreography rescung the underclass, the Journal says.
Not to name names, but there was mention of Jennifer Anistan’s romantic comedies and movies like "The Back-Up Plan," "Prince of Persia," and "Grown Ups" as tiresome or downright bad. And while the industry is facing challenges, including the Recession, the journal wasn’t forgiving, noting revenues are holding their own with higher ticket prices.
To be fair, the journal had good things to say about today’s animated films, saying they show more intelligence and style than many of their non-animated counterparts.
Even the animated sequels.