First off (For those of you that celebrate Christmas)I'd like to wish you all here at MODDB a happy holiday, and a happy new year. Thought I'd just throw that out there.
For my Christmas rant I'd like to slap the topic of movies that have released Christmas day in the past few years.
As most of you know, a lot of bad movies have released in 2009 and 2008. Far more then usual, proclaimed "Blockbuster hits", that have since burned my eyes and scarred very soul.
2006, we got a great horror movie called Black Christmas, a remake of an early 70s film of the same name. Although it totally lost the first person perspective present in the original, it still turned out to be a pretty good holiday horror movie. The original played off the mystery of not knowing who the killer was and never seeing his face, the remake did not. All in all it was a decent addition to the horror genre.
2007 we had the release of AvP requiem. Sure it was a sequel to a terrible YET entertaining AvP movie that did not live up to the comic books even the slightest bit, but I personally enjoyed it. The acting was bad, the story was questionable, and they killed a kid, therefore it must have been made in Europe. What I loved about the movie is how they just killed people off, just like that, no explanations, all attachments to that character, just gone. The gore was over-the-top, and the cg was pretty good. Maybe I'm just a die-hard AvP fan, but I managed to enjoy both requiem and the original.
Also in 2007 we had Sweeney Todd. I don't feel I have to say much about this movie, besides that I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. One of my favorites starring the Depp. Don't like musicals? Don't watch it then. Just so noone asks, I never watched the Great Debaters. I simply wasn't interested, but I keep hearing its pretty good. I never watched Water Horse either, why? Because I lived in the Okanagan. We have the Ogopogo to worry about.
I personally didn't see any of the Christmas releases of 2008, and still have yet to watch any of them. None of them caught even a remote amount of interest from me at that time. There was no 2008 christmas day hype in the movie business. The only one I would ever consider watching is the curious case of benjemin button.
This Christmas will be no different in the sense of movies, for we have "Sherlock Holmes" awaiting us on the special day. And oh how bad it looks.
It's not that it looks bad in a movie sense. It seems high budget, has good effects, the setting is well developed, and it looks to be funny and engaging.
Why don't I want to see it then? I am starting to dislike it more and more, as a Sherlock Holmes movie. Having read a few novels and seen a few Sherlock Holmes movies, it would be like a kick in the balls hearing him say cheesy puns and act in such a foolish manner. Besides the names and POSSIBLY that he is a detective, I really don't see it as a Sherlock Holmes movie. It's beginning to feel like he sold out, like Sherlock Holmes was no longer entertaining as an actual intelligent detective. So instead we get a comedy action sequel that even the resident evil series couldn't evolve to.
Conan Doyle would be rolling in his grave if he saw the mockery that spawned from his ingenious work.
Hell, maybe I'm wrong, maybe it will turn out good. Maybe I'll recognize more then character names. Only time will tell.
Lets hear some of your thoughts on these movies eh?