– Posted by Alyssa
You know that feeling when you are eagerly awaiting a movie and you’re super excited and life just feels fantastic for a minute? And then the movie comes out and rips your heart out and stomps on it over and over. And then you’re mad because you just felt cheated by Hollywood and the whole system. Do you wish for justice? So do I.
In light of the disappointments, and following in the revamping of the Spider-Man series (not that I’m saying Andrew Garfield’s Spidey is better than Tobey Maguire’s) (even though I kind of am saying that) here is a list of five movies that should just be turned into better movies:
1) The Lovely Bones
I am more interested in seeing a movie than a series of screensavers so I’d like to see this movie remade to embody Alice Sebold’s complex human emotions. Great visuals are fantastic, but they shouldn’t overwhelm a story that deals with human emotions like grief, regret, and love. If you forgot this was a movie, I understand why.
How badly I wanted to love this movie! It’s hyper-stylized look, incredible soundtrack, and Ryan Gosling’s face made for a fantastic combination. But the awkward moments and lulls of silence just didn’t work out. It’s a slow-paced film where Gosling’s blank-stared, no-named Driver just didn’t carry the film to a point where it deserved so much attention and love. Trust me I see all the appeal in the film, but not too much of the payoff.
3) Robin Hood (2010)
Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott together again after the success of Gladiator… it seems like a good idea on paper. But on screen… that’s another story entirely. With so much moral and political interest at stake in this story, I know this could be a much more interesting tale, especially when a Disney animal version of Robin Hood is more interesting.
4) Mirror, Mirror or Snow White and the Huntsman (either one)
I am still all about thinking that turning Disney tales into live action tales is a wonderful idea. But I’d kind of like Disney to just stay out of it and let them make it creepy. The reason these films don’t work is that Mirror, Mirror is stuck in this cartoony, unfunny world and it’s entirely forgettable. And Snow White and the Huntsman has Kristen Stewart’s uninspired acting to blame for its failure. Both could have just been so much greater.
5) X-Men Origins: Wolverine and then The Wolverine
I understand that they tried to save face already, but I’m still not really convinced that it worked out the second time. But the third time’s the charm right? Hugh Jackman’s charisma and just wonderfulness as James Logan deserves a proper origin story, and I’d like them to see another stab at it down the road.
Let me reiterate that I was rooting for these films, and there is a lot of elements working that make them WORTH making better. I just think we all deserve movies that are top-notch and don’t disappoint us even slightly. Movies are a valuable escape from reality that allow us to explore our ideologies, question the structure of our world, and feel genuinely moved and inspired. Sometimes we want to just be entertained and sometimes we deserve something that really makes us think and feel. With all that money and power out there in the razzle dazzle world of Hollywood, the viewing audience deserves nothing short of gold.