February 4, 2013
This is my shameless attempt to tie into current events (the Academy Awards are sorta going on around this time of year aren’t they?)
Anyway, I’ve seen my share of FAIL movies over the years, but some of them just disappoint more than others. I’m not talking about flops like Ishtar, I’m talking about films that should be slam dunk awesomeness, but the director ruins it by putting in a race of waddling teddy bears or Shia LeBeauf. Or fails on any number of reasons. So lets play……WHICH FILM WAS THE BIGGER DISAPPOINTMENT?!?!?
DeNiro. Pacino. ‘NUFF SAID! Right? Er…….wrong actually. We wait decades for these two actors to play beside each other in a movie (and no, two minutes in Heat doesn’t count) and this is what we get? A mishmashed mess of a whodunit with no plot and frankly, lousy acting. DeNiro is old and out of shape,mercifully rocking a formless grey sweatshirt at various points. Pacino just looks awful now:
At least Pacino has the memory of this awful, awful monologue from Devil’s Advocate:
The dramatic parting line from this film was “Continued success” It’s unfortunate that this film never had success in the first place. If only this had been done 10 years earlier. And by a different writer, director, and producer. It would’ve been gold Jerry, gold!
Depp. Burton. ‘NUFF SAID! Right? Er…….wrong actually (see what I did there?) It seemed like a PERFECT match. Johnny Depp plays “eccentrics” extremely well. And who’s more eccentric than Willy Wonka, rogue chocolatier? And Tim Burton has his own unique style, who better to bring the magic factory and oompa-loompas to life? Right? Yeah, I know. Unfortunately, this film can suck an oompa-loompa, it was that bad. Fail fail FAIL on every level. I’ll come out and say it – Johnny Depp isn’t a patch on Gene Wilder’s rump when it comes to playing Willy Wonka. You don’t see Depp’s Wonka with his own memes do you?
And what was with the disco-production from the oompa-loompas? This film is a classic case of proving that sometimes newer is most certainly NOT better.
Yes, I acknowledge this film stars Matthew Broderick, so a whole lot of expected fail-factor was baked in. I get it. But this film epic fails on several levels. Let’s do a helpful list:
1) DOES THIS LOOK LIKE GODZILLA TO YOU:
2) A GODZILLA THAT DIDN’T BREATHE RADIOCATIVE FIRE
3) A PLOT INVOLVING RUNNING AROUND MADISON SQUARE GARDEN THAT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS REJECTED FOR JURASSIC PARK 9
But the absolute worst, most horrible part of this: P-Diddy’s (*shudder*) destruction of Led Zepplin masterpiece “Kashmir” for his horrific “Come Follow Me” Listen to it sometime if you need an enema. But I guess there was some justice to it, seeing as Led Zepplin made their bones ripping off black artists, and now a black artist destroyed their signature song (yes it was, and don’t give me none of that “Stairway to Heaven” crap either. That is the most overrated song ….)
So while all of them killed a little part of my soul, the biggest disappointment was…………………………
DeNiro. Pacino. FAIL. ‘Nuff Said.