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Is ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ In Trouble?

Screenshot 2018-03-14 14.54.50I asked this question a few months ago in reference to Ready Player One and I think it’s worth considering for Pacific Rim: Uprising as well because–while premiering domestically March 23rd means it will avoid the box office tsunami known as Black Panther–you have to wonder how much interest there is in the project.

Keep in mind the original movie’s only saving grace–in terms of box office receipts–was its performance in China, since it underwhelmed domestically.

For reasons I don’t claim to understand there doesn’t seem to be much demand at the moment for giant robot movies (a reality that has caught up with the Transformers movies as well–finally–seeing that Transformers: The Last Knight failed to set the domestic box office on fire as well).

Steven DeKnight is a capable director though but I don’t know what he brings to the project that a brilliant director like Guillermo Del Toro couldn’t, which is problematic.

Though to be fair, the original Pacific Rim was a passion project for Del Toro; perhaps DeKnight’s distance from the project may help DeKnight bring something to the project that Del Toro could not.

Or maybe, while I don’t believe that superhero fatigue is a real thing, perhaps giant robot fatigue is.

We’ll find out later this month.

 

 

Is Star Wars Too Massive To Fail?

No franchise is too big to fail, though typically a decline–the same logic applies to whether we’re discussing movie franchises or nations– comes before a fall.

And that’s important because if you pay attention to the signs you may be able to delay or even avert a worse-case scenario.

The Last Jedi is taking a bit of a bashing among a large amount of moviegoers–some have gone as far as starting petitions to have it removed from canon–yet despite this apparent animus the movie has earned almost $400 million domestically ($395,627,411) and a similar figure overseas (&396,061,433).

And that former figure is pretty amaxing when you take into account it has only been out eleven days domestically.

Part of its wellspring of profits has to do with–despite the anger it is generating in some quarters–that the same people who are doing the complaining are actually seeing the movie (and in some instances more than once).

Another important detail is that The Last Jedi may be angering some people but it’s doing so for all the right reasons, namely characters that many fans have literally grown up with have begun to change in ways that they don’t necessarily agree with.

But it is change, and proof Lucasfilm isn’t resting on their laurels (which likely had a lot to do with Transformers: The Last Knight underwhelming at the US box office.  After all, there is only so many times you can blow something up before it gets not only boring, but tedious).

Though change is a double-edged sword in that if it’s done too quickly or perceived as too radical–like how Warner Bros treated Superman in Man of Steel (and Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice–you’re going to start with underwhelming box office receipts, which if not addressed have the potential to ruin a franchise.

And as critical as I tend to be of Sony Pictures, they at least saw the writing was on the wall as far as their Spider-Man franchise was concerned, and let Marvel Studios shepherd the character on it’s third reboot, resulting in the most profitable outing for the character yet  (an arguable assertion since Spider-Man 3 came out in 2007 while Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017 and the value of the American Dollar was likely higher; though the budget of the former was $285 million versus $175 million for Homecoming; on top of It earning just over $10 million less than Spider-Man 3).

So perhaps The Last Jedi isn’t necessarily a good metric to determine if people are growing tired of the Star Wars universe, which is the path to the Dark Side.

That responsibility will likely be carried by the next film in the series–as well as the new trilogy Rian Johnson is working on–because while The Last Jedi has clearly divided audiences, if J.J. Abrams can’t unite them, Johnson may have done more damage than the Sith every could.

2017 Super Bowl Trailers I Genuinely Care About

Because let’s be honest, I have no one intention of seeing movies like Transformers:  The Last Knight because ‘Fool me twice, shame on you.  Fool me three times, shame on me.’

I also don’t particularly care about the Pirates of the Carribean movies either, because…pirates. 


Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 Super Bowl Trailer

What amazes me most about the trailers released thus far for James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 is how Drax (Dave Bautista) manages to steal the show. This is all the more interesting when you take into account Rocket and Groot (a fifth of him, anyway) are back as well.


John Wick, Chapter 2

The original John Wick flew under my radar so efficiently you’d think the reels were smuggled to theaters via Stealth aircraft.  

Though clearly not everyone had the same issues because it marked a comeback of Shyamalan-ian proportions for Keanu Reeves, though my problem is always the same, namely I am fine with most of his performances, till he opens his mouth and whatever believability (and more important, credibility) he’s managed to build up to that point just dissipates. 


Ghost In The Shell Super Bowl Trailer

Looking at the last trailer for Ghost In The Shell I suspect my greatest problem with the movie will not be whitewashing but that I have seen the anime that the movies is based upon, and can already tell they’re going to frak things up (for instance, the trailer stresses the Major (Scarlett Johansson) searching for her identity, while I barely recall that being central to the plots of any of the episodes I have seen.


Logan Super Bowl Trailer

I haven’t seen it but I am already irritated withLogan. Reason being, you mean to tell me that it took Deadpooldoing really, really well with an R rating for some genius at Fox to figure out that a character who’s calling cards are razor-sharp Adamantium claws and a very short fuse perhaps isn’t well-suited for the under-17 set?

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