Friday, December 19, 2008

The Beware Comic-Book Movies Released In December/January Post.

Variety's review of the long-awaited re-teaming of Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson, The Spirit (hitting American screens on Christmas Day and opening in the UK on New Year's Day, as British cinemas aren't open on December 25th), as well as adding more fuel to the fire re this being a stinker and doomed to be added to the long list of Lionsgate box-office bombs - where would they be without Weeds and Mad Men? - contains two nuggets worth singling out:

1. Scarlett Johansson looks bored as the Octopus' icy sidekick, Silken Floss.

This worries me, because this calls up memories of The Black Dahlia (wherein the husky pouting one also looked like she wanted to be doing something else, a feeling yours truly certainly sympathised with while sitting through that rubbish).

2. When a man falls to the ground, his body covered with white bloodstains, it's unclear whether he's been felled by bullets or by incontinent birds.

This, on the other hand, just makes me laugh.

Roll on David Newman's music (if the movie really is bad, it won't be the first time he's done a score that's better than it deserves), which at least is getting a physical release. Even if it's on a CD-R.


Lance Goodthrust said...

Every review that I've read has blasted this movie.

I was afraid this happen back in July when at Comic Con Frank Miller said that during shooting the cast would offer suggestions on how to do things.

Regardless of the bad reviews the film still has Scarlett and Eva Mendes which is good enough for me.

Cindylover1969 said...

during shooting the cast would offer suggestions on how to do things.

Leonard Nimoy on an episode of Mission: Impossible (during his time on the show) directed by the show's script supervisor: "You can always nurse a director through an episode, it's not like you're making a twelve million dollar movie." The price tag's gone up, but the message still stands...

Lance Goodthrust said...

Also, I read there's this running theme where the camera continuously pans down to Eva Mendes' ass.

So much so the critic who wrote that review said if you were to make a drinking game and take a shot after every time the camera focused on her backside that one would be hammered before the third act.

That's a bad thing?

Anonymous said...

*cracks up at point number 2*