This may seem like a bit of a rant and perhaps it is to some degree.
I’m not a film critic. I’m actually a pretty easygoing and forgiving viewer. Now that doesn’t mean I like every movie I see. I have turned off movies I don’t like, even walked out of a theater a couple of times. That also doesn’t mean I can’t critique a film, I do, I’m just not someone who views a movie with critiquing in mind. At my age I know what I like, I know what type of stories I enjoy and these days I’m rarely disappointed.
I’m really not a film snob, I had a friend who would snub anything he considered too commercial, and I’m open to many types of films. Movies to me are a form of art but to me I also enjoy the mindless escapism the types of movies I enjoy. I don’t mind serious film, but following on my last entry on how I loved the more lighthearted fare of the Science-Fiction films from the 90s, the types of movies I like are those that have a fun aspect to them.
I also feel many professional critics can be a bit snobbish and harsh. From a psychological perspective many people think negatively and even cynically and bring that into their criticisms. I’ve read some reviews that were more cynicism than critique.
Since judging art is so subjective, bad reviews generally don’t put me off on a film. I enjoy reading criticism of films but I don’t let them sway me and will judge for myself whether or not I enjoy a film.
I like to read the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. I disagree where they put their fresh rating. I say if a movie has 51% rating that means a majority of critics liked a movie, albeit a small majority. So deeming a movie “Fresh” at 60% is a bit arbitrary.
What I’ve noticed is that within my DVD collection there are many movies from the Science-Fiction and Fantasy film genres that did not get fresh ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. It goes to show that I really don’t listen to critics much. Also, I find, on social media anyway, no matter what movie is announced, haters come pouring out of the woodwork as if Pavlov rang his bell and his dogs begun salivating. People seem negative in general and closed minded. Nasty people have come along and questioned my taste in movies but in the end I like what I like with no apologies and what others think of my tastes matters not.
Here, in no particular order, are movies from my collection that have received a not so fresh rating.
Seventh Son – 20%
The Great Wall – 35%
Gods of Egypt – 15%
Jupiter Ascending – 26%
GeoStorm – 14%
Independence Day Resurgence – 30%
Batman & Robin – 10%
Judge Dredd (199?) – 17%
The Scorpion King – 41%
Journey 2 the Mysterious Island – 45%
Godzilla (1998) – 16%
The Day After Tomorrow – 44%
Van Helsing – 23%
Planet of the Apes (2001) – 45%
The Time Machine (2002) – 29%
Alien Trespass – 34%
Land of the Loss – 26%
Race to Witch Mountain – 43%
Skyline – 16%
Cowboys and Aliens – 43%
Green Lantern – 26%
Battleship – 34%
After Earth – 11%
John Carter – 51% *
GI Joe: Rise of Cobra – 35%
GI Joe: Retaliation – 29%
Pixels – 17%
Man of Steel – 56% *
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – 26%
Justice League – 40%
Power Rangers – 45%
Velarian and the City of a Thousand Planets – 49%
Pacific Rim: Uprising – 46%
Clash of the Titans – 28%
Wrath of the Titans – 26%
Immortals – 36%
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time – 36%
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – 44%
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – 22%
Star Trek: Generations – 49%
Star Trek: Insurrection – 55% *
Star Trek: Nemesis- 38%
* I included a few that do have an above 50% rating but those are still technically considered rotten.
# I also only included the 1998 American Godzilla movie even though there are many Japanese Godzilla movies that also have rotten railings. I will cover them someday on my new Godzilla Designs blog. https://godzilladesigns.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/the-eras-of-godzilla-films/
I am a big fan of the original Independence Day and I saw it four times in the theater and at least 3 times a year ever since. I understand that the sequel was not liked by fans and critics alike. I did enjoy Independence Day Resurgence but my feelings are mixed. I have watched it several times to sort out just how I felt about this movie. First of all, I JUST love alien invasion movies and that on its own will already earn some praise from me.
One point I want to make is that if a person goes into this movie expecting it to be similar or just like the original ID4 then they are bound to be disappointed. If, however, you approach this with an open mind and accept the movie for what it is…a lighthearted science-fiction action and adventure movie…I think there are things in this film to enjoy.
I will review the movie by revealing my pros & cons. Remember, not all pros and cons are of equal value. I will start with the cons first.
1). Too many characters. Its not that I wasn’t able to keep track of them, its just that there were too many to keep track of and that bogged down the story.
2). Not enough tension. I think with the concentration and focus on the many relationships the movie lost a sense of dread and immanent danger annihilation the first movie had. I never had that sense of tension that our characters were in real trouble.
3) Poor pacing. The original was well paced and I think the poor pacing of this movie is due to trying to cram the stories of all the characters within this movie.
Now for the pros.
1). I liked the focus on the original characters and it was good to see them back! I specifically liked the performances of Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner as Dr. Okun. Spiner’s character had much more screen time and did provide comic relief and was just a hoot. For those who think his character died watch the original once again. As the alien is using him to speak through, Okun’s fingers are against the glass and are moving showing he is alive. Plus, when we first see Dr. Okun in IDR he is shown moving his fingers before he awakes. That is a nice subtle touch!
2). Great Special Effects. I am unapologetic about my love of eye candy known as special effects. This movie was a delight on the eyes and senses and for me that was very entertaining.
3). The Alien Queen. I am also a lover of Kaiju movies (giant monsters) and the Alien Queen was just great as a giant monster…Loved it!
4). More Science-Fiction. i loved how they showed how much the earth has changed due to the incorporation of alien technology on the human race. Although this could also fit under the special effects reasons why I enjoyed the movie, I single this out because it was done so well and it is what made the movie different from the original (in a good way).
5). Action and adventure. This had a lot of action, more aliens, great battles and ton of destruction porn!
6). Decent story. Despite the character overload the story is pretty good. I did care about the characters, I hated to see Jasmine Hiller’s character die, and it was interesting and entertaining how they all got together to save the Earth once more.
Sure, I don’t exactly enjoy it as I did the original but this movie does have a lot going for me. I am very certain this alien invasion movie will have repeated viewings in my house.
ACIN is reporting that Rebecca Hall, who has appeared in such films as Christopher Nolan’s film The Prestige and the movie Frost/Nixon has landed a leading role in the next Iron Man film. It has not be mentioned what role the 29 year old English actress will play.
Iron Man III begins filming this month and is set to be released on May 3, 2013.