Monday Morning Quarterback
By BOP Staff
October 5, 2009
Pete Kilmer: I think everyone wins this round, certainly Harrelson and the girls of the film. Jesse Eisenberg, of course, continues to raise his profile.
Max Braden: I think it helps sustain Woody's career. Maybe not boost it but still keep him fresh as a lead casting choice. Eisenberg is the biggest percentage gainer of the actors, because he can use this success as a solid stepping stone in his career moving forward. I saw the trailers a number of times and couldn't tell you that Breslin was in it. As far as the genre goes I think this is another reminder that if you do more with zombies than just splash blood, you can sell it. Funny gore works.
Sean Collier: I wish it were Emma Stone, but she can't seem to truly catch on. She's now the girl from Superbad and Zombieland, but for some reason (possibly because she changes her look for every role,) people still don't know who she is. I agree with the comments about Harrelson. I can't see it being a jump for Eisenberg, since any possible goodwill may be balanced out by the fact that this is, note for note, the EXACT same character from Adventureland, down to the last detail. I was half waiting for him to say, "Yeah, I used to work at this amusement park..."
Reagen Sulewski: Yes, but no one actually saw Adventureland. For the most part, this is the first introduction of Jesse to the world.
David Mumpower: Despite the fact that he's the (ostensible) lead, I don't see Jesse Eisenberg as getting a huge spike from this. He's going to get the roles he was already going to get, but it's the Orlando Bloom scenario where nobody is going to buy him as a lead in non-comic action roles. I disagree a bit about Emma Stone in that I think she has leveraged the cancellation of Drive, the short lived role that was supposed to be her big break, into Superbad, The House Bunny and now Zombieland. She's the go-to hot but nerdy comedic actress in the industry at the moment. Given that she doesn't even turn 21 until next month, that's rather impressive. In the end, however, I believe that Occam's Razor applies here. The person who gets the biggest bump - if he wants it - is the person who offers the best performance. Everyone knows that is Woody Harrelson, who found his Jack Sparrow/Tony Stark. I always felt he was the most talented member of the Cheers cast...which is like being the most attractive of Charlie's Angels. This film role puts him back in the high life again and his asking price for the sequel (which is as inevitable as a Lindsay Lohan sex tape) is going to be huuuuuuuge.
Woody+Buzz=$$$$$$Kim Hollis: The Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3-D double feature earned $12.5 million this weekend. Should Disney be pleased with this result?
Tim Briody: Considering these movies are 14- and ten-years-old, yes, it's remarkable. The timing is a little odd since Toy Story 3 is still eight months away but it's a nice way to build the momentum going forward.