My wife hates the summer for one reason – summer movies. She claims that I look so forward to the movies coming out, that they can’t live up to my expectations. This causes me to become depressed, and I am useless around the house for the rest of the summer. (I think she’s mostly joking)
I love watching movies. I like drama, suspense, thrillers, crime stories, mysteries and the odd chick flick. But by far, the best films in my opinion are the summer blockbuster. I go to films to escape, enjoy the CGI and laugh. In the past Stallone and Arnie always had good popcorn flicks, but in the last few years its been Spidey and Captain Jack that have been packing in the crowds. I’ve seen and reviewed Spiderman 3, and last week I went to Shrek 3. I thought I’d carry on the tradition and try to squeeze in Pirates 3 on a very busy weekend.
Not surprisingly, Pirates 3 is getting terrible reviews. I think if you graphed critics ratings and box office success, you’d find they’re nearly inversely proportional. What is it about a critic that he or she can’t identify with what the average movie goer likes. Should we really expect Star Wars to answer philosophical questions? Should Arnie or Stallone movies be rated on the acting? There are some exceptions. The original Matrix was highly rated, an incredible box-office success, and had Keanu Reeves in the main role. So nobody was rating his acting.
But seriously, can’t these critics go into Spidey 3 and see the action sequences and effects appealing to an audience. Nobody’s comparing it to Schindler’s List or Out of Africa, but not all movies need to be. In my opinion, movies are firstly for escapism, entertainment and enjoyment. If you enjoy watching only dramatic, historic or true stories, that’s your perogative. Frankly, I get enough of that stuff in real life. I go to watch Orlando Bloom cut the heads off of cursed skeletons and weird sea creatures, and I can tell the creators did an incredible job in the process.