Tuesday, May 01, 2007
How many times have you really looked forward to a movie or a new tv show and felt really let down after you finally saw it? Probably a lot. I don't know why it's so hard to take an idea that really has potential and make it into something of quality, but so much out there is seriously dumbed down. I hate to think that's a reflection on us, the audience.
I have mentioned movie sequels, like Star Wars and The Matrix, and how they failed to live up to the promise of the originals. Now I'd like to take the opportunity to look at some movies or tv shows that had potential but failed to find their way.
Anything recent starring Nicholas Cage:
Okay, Nicholas Cage isn't exactly an idea, but his recent movies do fit the criteria of good ideas gone wrong. What exactly happened to his career? He had a good thing going as the quirky guy who starred in movies like Raising Arizona. Now it seems like he takes pretty much every offer that comes his way. Earlier this year we had Ghost Rider, which even hardcore sci-fi fans said was awful, and now we have Next, which can't seem to get people into the theatre by giving tickets away. I did notice he was listed as being cast in the Grindhouse, which has gotten some positive attention, though it may be too late to save his career.
I like Eric Bana and I think he's a good actor. So I don't know if The Hulk was simply poorly executed or he didn't really fit the role. It also didn't help that the computer generated Hulk was beyond ridiculous looking. Can you say Michelin Man? The movie seemed determined to spend most of its time on the back story of David and Bruce Banner too. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for developing the story. But when you go to see a movie about an angry green guy, you expect a little more action. There is another Hulk movie set for 2008 that has cast Edward Norton in the role of Bruce Banner. Frankly, I don't know what to expect.
I liked Lost when it first started, but I did know well enough to be a tad skeptical about anything written or directed by J.J. Abrams; the man behind Alias. It seems I was right not to expect too much. Does anyone here actually think the scriptwriters of this thing have any idea where it's going anymore? It also cracks me up when I see how many plot devices they come up with to introduce new characters into the show. Though maybe I am wrong, I did stop watching it shortly after season 3 started. Who knows, maybe it's gotten significantly better. Naaaah.
The New Starbuck:
I still like BSG even though it has had its ups and downs. I was seriously put out when Starbuck was first introduced as a woman, but I ended up liking her-- at first. But lately her psychotic personality seems to have taken over and the rebelliousness that made her appealing at first has gotten tiring. Maybe there is supposed to be an arc of some sort where she goes through some other-worldly experience (I will say no more for those who may not have seen the season finale) that makes her a person with some human qualities. Or maybe we're supposed to believe that her abuse at the hands of her mother justifies her treatment of other. I don't know. Mostly, she just gets on my nerves.
The Punisher could have been so much better IMO. I liked Thomas Jane as Frank Castle, but casting John Travolta as the villain kind of ruined the whole thing for me. I like ambiguous heroes and this movie could have been great. I haven't watched it in a while, but if I remeber correctly it could have been paced a little better. But mostly, I would like to have seen the character develop beyond the original revenge story. There has been talk about doing a sequel, though nothing concrete has come of it yet. I hope it gets done eventually, but with better casting of the villains this time.
Daredevil is another one that could have been great. I liked the beginning of the movie when the backstory was developed, but it kind of fell apart after that. And did anyone particularly like the casting of this movie? But mostly the second part of the movie is what ruined it overall IMO. It just never seemed to flow as well as it should and the love story seemed forced. Actually, they could have thrown out the love story altogether and just threw in some more action scenes and I would have liked it better. I'm not a proper girl am I?
So that's what I got, for today anyway. So do you agree or think I'm just plain wrong? And what would you add to the list?