This Rotten Week: Predicting Draft Day, Oculus and Rio 2 Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-04-06 16:05:23discussion comments
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Spring has sprung. Time to get outside and frolic. That is right after you check out some of the movies weíve got going this week. Itís the NFL Draft, haunted mirrors and a return to Rio.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Draft Day movie poster
Rotten Watch Prediction
A quick note before I start: I am a huge football fan with a special place in my heart for the right kind of sports movie. Proof? My wife framed a picture of me staring at a news article about Hoosiers in a bar in Indianapolis. More proof? Maybe football related? My buddy and I almost got ourselves killed at the parade in NYC when the Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. I just want to establish that sports are a big part of my life. Okay? This movie looks ridiculous.

The NFL draft as a flick? Peep the Draft Day trailer to see what I mean:



Itís one thing to make a sports movie. We know the ins and outs of those. Itís another thing to make a sports movie about the inner machinations of a subculture (think: Moneyball). That takes some deft maneuvering and a solid script. But it can be done. It takes a whole other thing to make a movie about a semi-significant, but completely overrated aspect of a sport that derives almost no drama even in the best of circumstances. The NFL draft is a stale, zero end game eventuality that only the most die hard of sports fans cares about for more than the thirty seconds when your team picks. Drag it out over two hours on the big screen to find out who the Browns take? Are you kidding me? This is a movie? What have we become?

Ivan Reitman has gone too far. This is so drilled down that I am having trouble coming up with the words for my confusion about how it got made. And if itís well received critically Iíll be even more confused. Reitmanís resume is spotty at best with a winner like I Love You, Man (84%) and a bunch of middling work like My Super Ex-Girlfriend (40%) and No Strings Attached (49%). Iíd almost guarantee his latest falls in the latter category. It would need to work miracles for the macro plot to work in movie form. The NFL Draft? Whatís next? A movie about executives getting together to discuss instant replay in baseball?
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