Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Lethal Weapon Vs. Predator
Our final four is split into two genres; action and comedy. Today, we’re tackling the former with two of the more memorable action movies not just of the year, but of the decade. Lethal Weapon didn’t invent buddy cop movies. But it sure did shape them. Predator didn’t define a genre, per se. But it mashed up two existing genres in a way that was uncommon at the time. Both movies launched franchises which remain on-going with the help of recent reboots; Lethal Weapon in the form of a TV show and Predator with an upcoming movie. Today, we decide which movie will represent the action genre in the final round.
But first, let’s review the results of yesterday’s comedy bracket.
Planes,Trains and Automobiles ran out of gas against the Coen brothers’ cult comedy. With over 70% of the votes, Raising Arizona took the round and became the last movie to join our final four. So, just to make it official, our final four movies of 1987 are Lethal Weapon, Predator, The Princess Bride and Raising Arizona. I will admit that for most of the second round I felt I could safely predict the outcome of the matches. But I think any one of these four movies could potentially win the game.
One thing that is common among all four of these movies is that they were more successful on video than they were at theaters. Of the four, Lethal Weapon was the highest grossing. It took in just over $65 million dollars to be the ninth highest-grossing movie of the year. To put that in perspective, it was out-grossed by Stakeout – a buddy cop movie that wasn’t nearly as influential.
The common detonator here is that voters went with the movies they have watched repeatedly over the last 30 years. These are movies readers can quote. They may even know them by heart. Are they the best movies of 1987? Not by any reasonable objective. They didn’t get the best reviews. They weren’t nominated for a bunch of awards. But they are the movies we keep coming back to.
Which is why I don’t feel the need to say a whole heck of a lot about Lethal Weapon or Predator at this point. You guys know these movies. And I’m guessing you have a preference. So let’s just get right to the voting.
Posted on January 14, 2017, in bracket game, Movies and tagged 1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Glover, John McTiernan, lethal weapon, Mel Gibson, predator, Richard Donner. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.