This Rotten Week has a few familiar folks up to the same old tricks. Wes Craven gives us another dose of Sidney Prescott and Blue Sky Studios dishes out more CGI animation. 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.
Who do you think is most excited about the newest Scream movie? Would it be Neve Campbell and David Arquette who are basically sitting around twiddling their thumbs in between franchise installments? Is it Wes Craven who takes some more *ahem* stabs at the genre he helped perfect? Is it the Halloween costume sales people who will get to adorn yet another generation of kids with the Ghostface robe and mask? I vote for all of the above.
Do you realize the Scream franchise has grossed a little north of a half billion dollars since Ghostface slashed his way into theaters fifteen years ago? Wes Craven clearly got the initial offerings right with the original Scream (82%) and Scream 2 (81%). But good things always come to an end, no matter what (right?) and Scream 3 (38%) fell off a steep cliff with a story getting stretched thin and slasher movies becoming a little too commonplace.
But we've given the franchise a decade to cool its heels, let a new group of horror movies hit the big screen with a whole bunch of new "rules", and along comes Sidney Prescott and company to bring a little fear back into everyone's lives. Frankly, I've missed her.
While I don't think Craven's latest lives up to the originals, I also think it fares better than the third entry because it seems ready to poke fun at the genre again. The Rotten Watch for Scream 4 is 55%.
Does it make me sound curmudgeonly to admit that I just don't get even a teensy bit excited for animated movies anymore? I mean, sure the Toy Story's were great, and who didn't love Up, but can we really keep getting pumped up for other animated fare? There are so many, they’ve started blending into one big production for me. But that's fine because I'm not in their demo. It's the kids who drag their friends and parents to the theater they want, and it’s the kids who push these features somewhere near the $200 million range like clockwork. Rio will be no different.
Early reviews indicated that Rio is a quality entry. More than thirty critics have already weighed in and Rio's score sits at an impressive 86%. Director Carlos Saldhana, of Ice Age fame (actually, is "fame" the right word here?) handles the story of a bird trying to learn to fly and mate so his kind doesn't go extinct. It looks cute enough, critics love it and it'll allow everyone at the studio to buy another mansion. Just don't expect me to sit down for it. I'm like thirty animated movies behind as it is. The Rotten Watch for Rio is 87%.
Recapping last week
Outside of one big swing and a miss, it was a good week for the Rotten Watch. Arthur (Predicted: 32% Actual: 25%) sucked as expected. If this movie had been favorably received by critics it would have been time to seriously examine everything I feel and believe. We all knew this remake was corny and worthless.
Soul Surfer (Predicted: 42% Actual: 51%) was predictably sappy and motivational, therefore splitting critics almost directly down the middle. I expected a few more to pan it, but this guess was right there.
Hanna (Predicted: 89% Actual: 72%) finished further down than I thought when you consider that it came out of the box hot. Early reviews had it trending way up, but the Joe Wright directed film couldn't sustain over the course of the week.
Finally, Your Highness (Predicted: 69% Actual: 25%) was a big time oops. Considering how much I juxtaposed it to Arthur in my write-up, having the two score the same is a blow. (Which it seems both flicks did). Comedies are tough folks. What can I say?
Next week, The Lion King goes live action, Tyler Perry gives me another chance to rip him to shreds, and Robert Pattinson goes all Dumbo on us. It's going to be a Rotten Week!