With superheroes, turtles, orcs and jungle books filling out the movie going calendar this year, not everyone can be a winner.
2016 is going to be a big year for blockbusters. While it is still early into the year, we have already experienced some movies that were absolute home runs (Deadpool), and others that weren’t so much (Zoolander 2). There is still a long year ahead of us, and that means a long list of movies coming out. With such a large amount blockbusters coming out this year, some are bound to disappoint. As is the way of the movie going life.
I’ve compiled a list of some of the major blockbuster releases that I feel will be less than stellar. Don’t hate me.
Let’s face it, Pixar doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to sequels unless the franchise is Toy Story. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the trailer, and I still don’t really feel that Finding Nemo even needed a sequel, much less one thirteen years later.
I’m a huge fan of the original, but Finding Dory just feels like it was made solely to make money. Contrasted with Inside Out, which in my opinion was one of the best films of 2015, Finding Dory just feels like a lazy effort from Pixar. As they keep announcing sequels to their established franchises (Toy Story 4, The Incredibles 2) it’s beginning to feel like Pixar has lost its way a little. Hopefully these sequels turn out to have more in common with Inside Out than Cars 2…
Independence Day: Resurgence
Besides the atrocious title there has been a number of red flags concerning the potential quality of Independence Day: Resurgence: 15 years spent in development hell. Will Smith not returning. Liam Hemsworth.
Just one of those things would be enough to make me cautious about a film, but all three of them together? That does not bode well. I have never been impressed with director Roland Emmerich’s work (that’s an understatement) and while I liked the original film well enough, it did nothing in my mind to warrant a sequel.
History has shown that sequels to decade old movies are a risky venture as they run the risk of damaging the originals reputation and tarnishing the brand as a whole, and in my opinion that is what Resurgence will end up doing. I mean there is only so many times Emmerich can blow up recognizable landmarks before it grows tiresome.
I’d say that ship sailed after the first Independence Day.
Star Trek: Beyond
Yeesh. Talk about tonal shift. Originally Star Trek was less sci-fi-action romp and more political and moral debates. It dealt with moral quandaries and sometimes had terrible fight scenes where William Shatner would pretend to punch a giant rubber lizard man. How the times have changed.
J.J. Abrams retooled Star Trek into something more in common with Star Wars, and while it was enjoyable it wasn’t really what a lot of Trek fans wanted. Fast forward a few years after the release of the incredibly decisive Star Trek: Into Darkness and we come to today, where the Star Trek franchise is in a bit of a weird place.
Fans of the franchise are unsure of what to expect of the upcoming Star Trek: Beyond. Originally, writer and actor of the film Simon Pegg stated that this new film would have a lot more in common with classic Star Trek, to take the franchise back to its roots. However, at a later date a report surfaced that Paramount was not a fan of Pegg’s script, as they worried it felt to “Star Trek-y” and Pegg was tasked with making the script feel “more inclusive.”
Once the trailer released, fears of an even less “Trek-y” Star Trek were seemingly confirmed, as the trailer had more in common with Guardians of the Galaxy in terms of tone. It seems Paramount is unsure of how to handle its sci-fi franchise, and it seems the film may suffer for it. Oh well, it will still be better than the one with the whales.
I will be honest, I have never played a single Warcraft game in my life. So in terms of my expectations that does not come into play at all. However, I am a giant fan of fantasy. The amount of time I’ve poured into Dragon Age, or spent re-watching Game of Thrones, or even the number of times I’ve re-bought The Lord of The Rings trilogy (I still need the extended edition blu rays…) is a little embarrassing. With that in mind, I’ve been craving a resurgence of quality fantasy film (unlike The Hobbit, eugh) and I was hoping Warcraft would be the film I was waiting for.
And then I watched the trailer.
It’s not that anything in the trailer stuck out as looking particularly bad, it’s that nothing about it looks particularly good either. Everything about the film just looks exceedingly mediocre and cheesy. The CGI in the film looks unconvincing, as does the overall art design of the world and characters. Now I know, the filmmakers wanted the film to stay true to its source material, but often times what looks good in a video game does not translate well to the big screen. That is very apparent here.
What makes this even worse is that I had high hopes for this film! Duncan Jones is a really talented director (I loved his work on Moon) so I was excited to see his take on the fantasy genre, especially in a universe as beloved as the Warcraft’s. I was hoping this film would usher in an era of both high budget fantasy films, as well as video game adaptations. But based on this trailer alone, I won’t be holding my breath.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
This is it. The big one. The kick starter for DC’s cinematic universe, the first time Batman and Superman meet each other on the big screen, the formation of the Justice League! Surely this film will be great right? Eh, it’s not looking too good.
There has been a lot of drama lately surrounding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. One of the previous trailers that had dropped was universally panned and derided for seemingly giving away too much plot, an uneven tone, and portrayal of some of the film’s characters. A rumor has surfaced that WB is worried about the response the film has been getting from its early screenings. So much so that they might even delay their planned Justice League film and replace its release date with the unannounced Batfleck solo film.
Ever since WB announced Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice I’ve felt a little nervous about it. I wasn’t a big fan of Man of Steel, and neither were a lot of other people. Due to its lukewarm response, and Marvel’s success with their MCU, it appears DC is rushing their own cinematic universe by cramming as many characters as they can into BvS. Confirmed characters in the film are Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aqua Man, Cyborg, Lex Luthor, and what appears to be Doomsday, along side a rumored appearance from The Flash and Darkseid. Only one of these characters have been established. Anyone feeling a bit crowded yet?
DC seems to have bitten off more than they can chew with BvS, as it feels like they are trying to accomplish way to much in a single film, with the amount of character and plot lines they are setting up. They need to introduce a countless number of new characters, develop and conclude the conflict between Batman and Superman, while at the same time working Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, and Doomsday into the plot. DC are a juggling a million different things in this movie, as it is acting as the explosive entry into their own cinematic universe, and I feel it may hurt them in the long run.
Does DC bleed? I hope not.