The experience of Hobbits dancing, Ringwraiths shrieking, Gandalf fighting the Balrog, Theoden on the last ride at Helm’s Deep, Treebeard and the ents’ march on Isengard, Gollum falling into the volcano at Mount Doom.
|Ah, memories …|
So many good memories of seeing the story unfold in Peter Jackson’s panpoly of film craft ranging from cutting-edge CGI and motion capture to 100-year-old tricks such as perspective shots and body doubles.
I’ve seen the trailers. James Spader sounds great as our malevolent android. The complications within the team look interesting, and compelling. It’ll be cool as hell to see how they do Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch without using the M-word. And, yes, we’ll finally see the Hulkbuster Iron Man in action.
Not one shred of enthusiasm for Age of Ultron.
I like the Marvel Studios movies, a lot. They’ve set a high standard, and I really look forward to the day someone analyses and chronicles one of the most successful gambles in cinematic history. I have seen every one of the Marvel movies in the theater except The Incredible Hulk.
Now we’ve got action, romance, Just Warrior A-plots and some big-time, epic B-plot propeling the next installment forward and demanding viewers’ attention for years until The Big Thing happens – which, in turn, creates the Next Big Thing, and the cycle begins again.
|OK, I can get a little bit excited for this.|
As Marvel can’t stop making money, fellow Hollywood studios in this time of relying solely on blockbuster franchises to keep them afloat keep looking to kickstart their own money machines. Kid- and international-friendly blockbusters keep studios afloat now more than ever, and studios are desperate to snatch one of their own franchises.
|Those octopus legs are for all the dangling plot threads carried into this movie. Study up, people!|
After Marvel, we have not just one epic blockbuster adaptation a year, but multiple billed epics, sometimes concurrently. Giant franchises trying to push themselves into popping wheelies on the zeitgeist. And since LOTR pulled in gigantic blockbuster numbers in December year after year, now we get these things throughout the year.
This doesn’t even count the X-Men and needless (but economically justified) Amazing Spider-Man movies.
|Tony Stark is tired, too!|
Marvel Studios’ successful gamble has led to further comic book-ification of movies. Remakes, reboots, retcons, A-plots of some interest but focus stolen by the B-plot, the real plot, stringing us along for the next piece in the epic.
And because we’re watching these characters go through narrative arcs that take several films to accomplish, over several years? How much more investment can I stand, knowing that we’re on this ride until at least 2020, or whenever one of these movies fails, if ever.
|Shit … we got … how many of these to watch? Are they all on Netflix? PLEASE TELL ME!|
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens? Not excited, though that nostalgia bomb of a trailer hit the sweet spot that yes, Chewie, we’re home. The new James Bond? Not there yet. Jurassic World? Terminator: Genisys? Nope, just confused as hell. Whatever Transformers 5 is going to be? No way. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? The teaser looks great on a big screen (not your phone), but I’m still tired of 1980s Frank Miller mucking around in my superhero movies.
Have you seen what Mad Max: Fury Road looks like?
Just. Look. At. All. Of. That.
Out of all the zombie shows set to return, this is the one I’m geared up about. In the age of Fast and Furious, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, it feels right to get back to the one thing that marries them all together. Nothing like some apocalyptic, fuel-injected feudalism to get the blood pumping.
|My heart after the trailer.|
If it takes George Miller to renew his death race opus, so be it. Even though it’s not something we haven’t seen before, at least it’s something we haven’t seen in a long, long time. At least it’s something else. At least we’ll get the beauty of supremely sophisticated stuntwork filmed by someone who knows how to add that same care to how it’s edited and mixed. In fact, much like the Fast and Furious movies.
But my ride’s here. Let’s go, Max.
It’s gonna be epic.