The Blockbuster Report
The controversial Noah film hits theaters this weekend. I’ll reserve judgement until after I see it, but I have two thoughts. First, in support of the film, I don’t see why Noah being an environmentalist is a bad thing. It doesn’t contradict the Bible, and this is a guy who needed to take care of a lot of animals. On the other hand, if the assumption is that the sole reason the people on Earth were so evil is because they abused the planet, that’s a little far fetched.
Second thought, this time against the film. Why are actors, producers, and studios still surprised when people don’t like films that don’t stick to the source material? It doesn’t matter if the story is from the Bible, from a comic book, or some other place. When you have a very successful story that people enjoy, and you change the spirit of the source material (I’m not talking about something like changing Hawkeye’s costume for The Avengers), people are not going to be happy, the movie will be worse off, and you have unneeded controversy on your hands. Silly people.
Also in wide release this weekend, there’s the new Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Sabotage, which is probably worth a rental if you like Arnie, but not a trip to the theater (unless you REALLY like Arnie). In limited release, there’s the Cesar Chavez biopic, and the ultra-violent and near plotless sequel, The Raid 2.
Where do They Come From?
- Noah: Adapted from the story in the Bible.
- Sabotage: Original by David Ayer (End of Watch) and Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely.
International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. This weekend’s releases not included. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.
1) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( – )
2) The Lego Movie ( – )
3) Gimme Shelter ( – )
4) Veronica Mars ( – )
5) Muppets Most Wanted (NEW)
6) A Birder’s Guide to Everything (NEW)
7) Grand Piano ( –1 )
8) Non-Stop ( – )
9) Mr. Peabody & Sherman ( -2 )
10) At Middleton ( -1 )