Sunday Discussion: Why Are There Always Bad Apples?!
by Alex Billington
May 25, 2008
It seems that all that is on people's mind this weekend is how bad the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was. Everyone knows that I gave it a fairly positive review, even though my opinion changed a bit the second time around. Now that we've capped off the first four weeks of the summer movie season, I think it's appropriate that we look back at the selection so far: Iron Man, Speed Racer, Prince Caspian, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The question that rattles around in my mind when I think of these four is why the heck there has to be bad apples every summer? Are we ever going to get a year where every last movie that's highly anticipated delivers? Probably not, but it's still a possibility that I've been thinking about. To be honest, I've enjoyed all of the big movies this summer so far. Have you?
I guess my reason for really claiming I've enjoyed the summer so far is that in comparison to last year's May, this year has by far surpassed the crap that we had seen then. Last May we had Spider-Man 3, 28 Weeks Later, Shrek 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean 3, all rather mediocre let downs. But this summer has been pretty solid. Iron Man was fantastic, Speed Racer was amazing (at least I think), Prince Caspian was great, and even Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was fun and entertaining. However, I think I'm alone in my thoughts this time. I know not everyone liked Speed Racer, most thought Prince Caspian was just okay, and plenty of you were let down by Crystal Skull. Why are there always bad apples?! Why couldn't all four of these be enjoyed by everyone?
The problem is that we always go into the summer movie season with incredibly high expectations (sometimes unachievable) and immense anticipation. That's the trouble - Hollywood studios build up the buzz so early on that by the time we actually get to the summer, we're hoping every last film is brilliant, but that just ain't going to happen. If only everyone walked in to movies during the summer with the same mellow amount of hype that they do the remainder of the year. Maybe we'd all enjoy so many more movies if that were the case. It almost doesn't matter what your opinion turns out to be a year from now when you watch them all again on DVD, because you'll still remember the experience of seeing it for the very first time. And if that was great, you won't forget how much you enjoyed it then and still enjoy it now.
So how has the summer been for you? Is it everything you had hoped it would be? Or has Indiana Jones really killed all of your excitement? Was it really that bad of an apple or was it just a rough patch of road that we needed to get past before moving onto the remainder of great movies left this summer like Get Smart, Wall-E, Hancock, Hellboy II, The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder, and so on. Is anyone worried that we're going to hit some other really rotten apples this summer? Or do we already know to avoid some of the bad ones like The Love Guru, Meet Dave, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (refer to my previous Sunday Discussion). If only we could always enjoy every last summer movie…
Apple photo courtesy of Anthony L. Hill on Flickr.