This could start to feel like the dregs of summer. It could. But it isn't. Do you know why? Because there’s something to get excited about, with an unexpectedly great comic book movie hitting the screen. We’ve got Guardians of the Galaxy coming at you with a little James Brown to keep the funk alive.
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.
Rotten Watch Prediction
Take a look at the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy below:
This movie feels like it just shouldn’t work. The comic book characters are all over the place (there's a talking raccoon, for Pete’s sake!), and inhabiting the entire universe is never an easy feat for a movie setting. But, by all early accounts, not only does it work, it kicks ass. The film's reviews are perfect so far, the film sitting at 100% with twenty-five reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The James Gunn-directed film is earning high praise. It’s a crazy premise with a variety of intergalactic characters combining as a team that defends the cosmos from Thanos and whoever else happens to threaten the universe. It’s scope would seem both broad and finite at the same time considering the characters are so unique, and the premise so big. Kudos, James Gunn. Kudos.
Cinema Blend’s Eric Eisenberg loved the film, giving it five stars in his review and extolling the virtues of the film’s comedy, action sequences, soundtrack, and heart-warming storyline. It's is about as positive a review as you’ll ever read. Frankly, it’s a an amazing time to be a fan of comic book movies. Not everything has been great for sure, but the bar continues to rise higher and higher each year with consistent envelope-pushing. I love it, and so should you. If a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy can work, then we should be excited about every new character and team that gets their own film.
Rotten Watch Prediction
Check out a little of what I mean in the trailer for Get on Up,
My man Chadwick Boseman knows where his bread is buttered, and that is in biopics. Dude can’t not be in them. Starting with a minor role in Ernie Davis’s story The Express, and then graduating to the (ahem) big leagues as Jackie Robinson in 42, Boseman has experience in this particular kind of film. Now he’s playing James Brown in a story of the famous singer’s rise to fame, fortune and funk. Director Tate Taylor’s one big directorial work came in the form of the film adaptation The Help (76%), a fine, rather safe movie that went by the book in it’s voice and message. No controversy and nothing to get overly riled up about beyond the obvious. I suspect this movie will be much of the same. It’s doubtful the true story of James Brown would be an actual PG-13 flick (very much what I said about 42 at the time), but it's understandable that the filmmakers and the studio want it to play for multiple audiences.
This film is probably too safe to blow it out of the water with critics, though that same safety will keep it from heading toward the basement. Somewhere around the middle feels about right.
Which of my predictions do you think will be most accurate?
Whoa, last week wasn’t one I would write home about (assuming I’d ever write home about anything). A rough one all around, the Rotten Watch had three swings and three significant misses. Let’s start with Hercules (Predicted: 32% Actual: 63%). I couldn’t have been more wrong with this film. I thought it looked like trash; a glitzy, poorly acted, cheesy effects-filled mess with the Rock out of his league. Oops. Critics were mostly positive on the flick. The tone of the reviews seem to suggest that critics who went in looking for a straight popcorn flick were rewarded with a mid-summer pleaser. Those who didn’t like it tended to really hate the thing. But they ended up as the minority and my prediction missed by a bunch.
Lucy (Predicted: 30% Actual: 58%) was another flick I gaffed. My initial reaction to the trailer had me thinking it was a film that bit off way more than it could chew. With so many plot elements I thought the Luc Besson-directed film would collapse under it’s own density. Again I was wrong. Some critics were less-than-enthused about some of the plot devices, but it finished over the midway point; a far cry from my prediction.
And finally, I had the right idea with And So it Goes (Predicted: 33% Actual: 15%), but missed because I wasn’t willing to go low enough. I knew it looked like total trash, but this score is abysmal. It's really tough to have these actors and score this low, but that’s what happens when you just pile a bunch of cliches together and throw them on screen.
Next time around we take a hundred foot journey, go into a storm, step up and revisit TMNT. It’s going to be a Rotten Week!