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Kevthewriter looks at actors who play older or younger than their real ages.
Kevthewriter has reviews of three movies currently playing in theaters.
You’re probably wondering…Illumination Entertainment? What’s that? Well, they are the studio behind The Minions/Despicable Me movies, The Lorax, The Secret Life of Pets, and more. Aside from the Despicable Me movies, which produced the pop culture icons The Minions, a.k.a. those little yellow men that always appear on Facebook memes, every time Illumination releases an animated feature, the following usually happens:
- Their movies get marketed to death for over a year
- When the movie finally comes out, it gets average to decent reviews
However, Illumination has yet to release a great movie. Although many have performed well at the box office, most of them are quickly forgotten. Since most people over the age of 10 consider these movies to be disposable, why do they always do so well?
This movie was basically the beginning of the end for Rob Schneider. The former Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Player has never been beloved by critics…or audiences…or anybody except maybe his friends and family. But Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo was a huge hit, making $92 million on a $17 million dollar budget! His next two films, The Animal and The Hot Chick, however, weren’t quite as successful. So, in a last-ditch attempt to save his career, Schneider made a sequel to Deuce Bigalow and it bombed at the box office and got terrible reviews. But why didn’t the gigolo’s second attempt go down smoothly?
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight kickstarted a trend to make superhero movies more dark and gritty. In more recent years, however, people are starting to get tired of the “dark and gritty superhero” trope and embrace lighter fare, like the majority of the MCU movies. In fact, one of the main complaints against Batman V. Superman was that it was too dark and gritty. But there are still some superhero movies and TV shows that can do dark and gritty well. Ironically, Marvel’s Netflix series show this. One example is Jessica Jones.
Like Batman V. Superman, Jessica Jones takes a more realistic, grounded approach and shows what the possible negative consequences of those with powers in the world would be like in real life. But what does Jessica do that makes it beloved yet makes Batman V. Superman hated? Why does one franchise get away with being dark and gritty yet another doesn’t?
Right now, there are two sci-fi sequels out (two admittedly otherwise very different movies), Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and Alien: Covenant. Therefore, it’s the perfect time to mention Sony’s failed attempt from a few years ago at reinvigorating a big sci-fi franchise. Men in Black was somewhat of a surprise hit in 1997. Based on an obscure comic book starring someone whose more of a character actor and someone who, though he already had a couple of hits under his belt, was still more so known for his sitcom and rap career, it ended up becoming beloved by critics and audiences and it was a huge hit at the box office (and basically made Will Smith a movie star). It was then followed up with a cartoon that was successful enough to run for a few years.
For a new section, I’m going to do the opposite of Why’d it Bomb? and look at movies that did much better at the box office than most people expected. I don’t think I’ll crank out as much of these as I do with Why’d it Bomb‘s, because I think most movies that were hits were movies people expected to do well, but I’ll definitely write a few of these.
A few years ago, Dreamworks was in a rut. Their movies, for the most part, were getting good reviews but most of them were flopping at the box office. Lately, though, their fortunes have been reversed and their movies have been doing better as of late. Two of these movies were Trolls and Boss Baby, both of which also looked awful and I have no interest in seeing either.
Ted (2012) was a surprising success at the box office, grossing over $200 million dollars in America alone! While Ted 2 didn’t exactly bomb, it failed to make quite as much as its predecessor. In fact, it made $216 million worldwide while the original made $218 million domestically. What happened?
In the 90’s, 2000’s, and even the early 2010’s, there were a lot of live action family movies based off of popular cartoons. Some of these flopped and/or underperformed at the box office like Mr. Magoo, Inspector Gadget, Dudley Do Right, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Josie and the Pussycats, Underdog, The Last Airbender, Jem and the Holograms, etc. However, many of these were hits including both the 1990 and 2014 versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Flintstones, George of the Jungle, Scooby Doo, Garfield (if it counts), Alvin and the Chipmunks, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Yogi Bear, and The Smurfs, among others.
Some of these movies even spawned sequels and most of them flopped. Some of the sequels (like Secret of the Ooze, all of the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequels, and all of the Transformers sequels) were box office hits but others, like The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Scooby-Doo 2, The Smurfs 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, etc. underperformed or outright bombed at the box office. But why is this? Why didn’t these sequels do better at the box office when their predecessors were huge hits?
Kevthewriter weighs in on the latest Marvel movie. Warning: His review contains spoilers!
I’ll just get it out of the way and say why this movie bombed: Katherine. Heigl.
Kevthewriter shares his thoughts on season 4 of the IFC sitcom, Maron.
Of all the TV shows going on, Maron was a pretty underrated series. No one really talked about it but it was entertaining enough to make me want to watch more. It’s no Louie but it was still a decent show. Of course, it might’ve been partly due to the fact that it aired on the IFC Channel, a channel that, besides maybe Portlandia, no one watches. But, while I liked the first 3 seasons, the fourth season wasn’t very good.
If you remember, I did retrospectives on either all the movies I saw in theaters last year or all the movies that came out last year that I didn’t get the chance to see. However, there were two movies I forgot to mention. It’s not that they were forgettable (they were both pretty good) but because, in trying to remember all the movies I saw last year, it was hard not to skip a couple by accident.