Last night was Disney expensive flop night. I started with The Lone Ranger. For all that is bad about this movie, it has it's good points too. Johnny Depp, once again, took a normal character and turned him into something weird. As gorgeous as Armie Hammer is, there is just something about him that I absolutely cannot stand...it might have something to do with the size of his ego or the things he says in interviews. I really want to like him, I just can't. So both leads in the movie already had my haunches up (I was actually one of the few who saw this in the theater, so I already knew what to expect). There are parts of the movie that drag on and on for no apparent reason. The most annoying thing, however, is the so elderly he looks dead version of Johnny Depp hiding in a carnival display about Indians telling his story to a little boy in a Lone Ranger mask. It cuts into the story line at various times, in the weirdest spots and really serves no purpose.
But, having said all that, almost every single stunt and action sequence is exactly what you would expect from a Lone Ranger movie and there are several places where I just have to rewind and watch it again, specifically when John and Silver are riding "on top" of the town. Even though it's mostly CG, it's still pretty darn cool.
If the movie in total was half as exciting as the trailer, I don't think it would have flopped at all.
But view # 2, John Carter, was just pretty much sad all the way through. I do so love Taylor Kitsch (don't get me started on him not being re-cast as Gambit...serious sore spot of mine), but the man doesn't have a good track record when it comes to films, this probably being the worst of the worst. I did find myself looking up from my stitching every once in a while to admire Taylor, but about midway through, when he had already been on Mars long enough to get some kind of tan and he was still white as a sheet, I pretty much gave up.
I watched it when I first got the DVD, but it has been sitting on the shelf ever since. It's long and boring and the CG effects aren't really that good. On top of all that, even the evilest of monsters have cute features making them more like "real life" Monsters, Inc employees versus creatures on Mars. I never read the books or the comics, so I don't know how close they came to the original source material, but from this movie, I have absolutely no desire to read them ever.
There is still the major flop Prince of Persia to go, but I think I'm going to wait a while on that one because I really hate that movie full-stop.
I have to cover someone else's shift (as well as my own) for the rest of the week, so I'll probably only have time for one a night until the weekend. I've got too many to go to slow down now, but it can't be helped.
Live Action: 44
Full-Length Animation: 87
Animated Shorts: 278
Live Action Shorts: 1
Mixed-Medium Shorts: 2
Animated Series: 77
Mixed-Medium Series: 2