I feel like we’ve been waiting forever for this week’s big released. And though there’s technically a Marvel product hitting the screens this week, that’s not what I’m talking about and you know it. We got Chris Nolan taking us to space and a new group of superheroes.
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
See how Wooderson finds our new home in the trailer for Interstellar,
This is one of the more anticipated movies to come about in some time. It gained hype early on simply having director Christopher Nolan attached in a "mystery project" about space, and the momentum really never slowed down. That’s what happens when a guy like Nolan, a dude who thinks and dreams big when it comes to flicks, is set to deliver another blockbuster. If you are reading this, I very much doubt you need a primer on the dude’s resume, but here goes anyway. He’s given us Inception (86%), the Dark Knight trilogy (average 89%) and Memento (92%). He’s on the short list of best directors working right now (or really ever), and when he goes big, he goes real big.
Nolan also tends to have a social conscious or at least a working idea of the ills of our world. And he isn’t afraid to explore the moral choice, societal ills or simple ideas behind how we operate in the world. That he does so in big budget action films is even more impressive. Sure it can get heavy handed at times (The Dark Knight Rise really toed the line with downright preachiness) but much of his rhetoric just works itself into kick ass flicks. Interstellar looks like much of the same. Sure, the message is that we are screwing up the planet and need to head off to greener pastures, but it’s also a space flick. And it looks awesome.
Early reviews are strong, though not really on par with the rest of Christopher Nolan’s resume. Sometimes I wonder if critics end up comparing a director’s films to his/her previous work rather than all work as a whole. Without having seen Insterstellar, I can’t know what’s happened here - though I do find it difficult to believe a flick of this scope from a guy like Nolan would realistically be something a quarter of viewers wouldn’t enjoy. That’s speculation of course (actually that’s all this column ever is), but as a guy who loves Nolan’s work, I’m damn excited to see this one. Then again, Eric gave it only two and a half stars in his review, so what do I know except that we need to send McConaughey as Earth’s diplomat and space Columbus ASAP.
Rotten Watch Prediction
Adapted from the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 is about Hiro and his marshmallow-y robot Baymax just kind of being awesome. This movie looks pretty great and even from the trailer one can tell it mixes up kiddy antics to go along with an adult’s sense of humor that’ll keep parents from wanting to blow their brains out during family outings to the theater.
Coming off the insane success of Frozen (89%) and it’s $1.2 billion (with a "B") worldwide gross (a movie which I famously fell asleep during in the theater with my daughter), Walt Disney Animation continues to pump out super solid flicks. Wreck-it Ralph (86%), Tangled (89%) and Princess and the Frog (83%) are just a few that have hit with the critics. Their latest keeps it going, and might end up being the most highly-reviewed of the bunch.
Through more than ten reviews on Rotten Tomatoes it’s sitting at a cool 100% with critics giving it the kind of praise you’d expect for a film with this kind of early consensus. There isn’t much else to dissect. Critics are loving, it and I’ll soon sure be acutely familiar with names like Wasabi, GoGo, Honey Lemon, Fred and Tomago.
Which of my predictions do you think will be closest?
Last week was not a great one for the Rotten Watch. I went the wrong direction on Nightcrawler (Predicted: 80% Actual: 94%) which stayed in that lofty range that gives it some serious Oscar buzz when things are all said and done. Sean gave it four and a half stars in his review, calling Gyllenhaal’s performance "mesmerizing". I thought it would dip some over the course of the week because of how dark (and honestly, weird) it seemed. I was wrong on that front, and Jake G. could be a guy we see waiting on a best actor nod in a few months.
Meanwhile, Before I Go to Sleep (Predicted: 50% Actual: 37%) really dropped after my prediction. I thought it looked predictable and a bit boring, getting the sense we’d already been down this path with many a (better) film before. There I was correct. On the score I was wrong. Critics though the film fell flat and really couldn’t find much to get excited about. This is one of those movies that’ll I’ll look back on six months from now and forget was even made.
Next time around we go beyond the lights to get even dumber. It’s going to be a Rotten Week!