Monday Morning Quarterback Part II
By BOP Staff
June 21, 2010
Kim Hollis: I was just overjoyed with the movie. I liked a lot of the call backs they did to the first two movies, both structurally and character-wise. By the time I got to the final ten minutes, I was definitely misty eyed. Aw, heck. I admit it. The tears were pretty much streaming down. I love these characters so much, and their final scenes are so touching that you can't help but smile and cry with joy. I can't wait to see it again.
Also, I do want to note that after leaving the film, I discussed with my husband how much the little girl in the movie, Bonnie, reminded me of Boo from Monsters, Inc. After seeing some further discussion on the topic from BOP's Daniel Pellegrino in a column we’ll publish on Wednesday, I'm actually wondering if it is meant to be her. I sort of want to ask director Lee Unkrich directly on Twitter and I sort of want to just wait and watch it again so I can decide for myself. Either way, I love that this is a possibility.
A movie with a hero whose face is half gone? Why didn't anyone go?!!!Kim Hollis: Jonah Hex, the latest ill-conceived comic book adaptation, bombed with only $5.4 million. Why do you think this happened? Alternately, say something funny about Jonah Hex.
Reagen Sulewski: It's got to be rather humbling for Josh Brolin to realize he's no Nicolas Cage. Also, we're that much closer to Megan Fox's Playboy appearance.
Tom Houseman: I don't want to rain on everyone's mockery parade but: was everyone else watching a different trailer for Jonah Hex than I was? I've been anticipating it for weeks now on the basis of that awesome trailer. I saw it last night (along with a handful of old people and a couple of rednecks) and I loved it. Expect a glowing review sometime this week (Editor’s note: Tom’s review is now posted here. Why did it underperform to nearly Macgruberesque levels? I have no idea. Again, I thought it had a great trailer, and should have served as perfect Toy Story 3 counterprogramming. There seemed to be plenty of ads running and there were a few bangin' money shots (even beyond any shot of Megan Fox). I'm certainly not one of the box office experts on this site, so can somebody explain to me what went wrong?
Reagen Sulewski: To be less glib, Tom, there's a few things wrong with this project. 1) No one knows who or what a Jonah Hex is. 2) What they do see through the trailer looks ugly and incoherent. 3) Megan Fox has a talent for getting headlines but is pretty much box office kryptonite at this point.
To get more glib again - Warner Bros. will be in touch with you soon to attempt to locate this trailer that you speak of.
Brett Beach: This seems very similar to what happened with The Avengers adaptation in '98, also from Warner Bros. A property that no one seemed really sure what to do with gets optioned and made into a movie and as the release date gets closer it become obvious that the studio is more or less washing their hands of the whole affair. In this case, it seemed obvious things were in trouble not just with reports of reshoots and an 80 minute running time, but with the fact that the MPAA rating didn't come out until just two weeks ago. I thought at first it was because they had gotten a R and were resubmitting, but other reports indicate they just didn't bother submitting it until that late day. I am happy that Brolin will emerge from this with rep and good humor intact and what a cast for such a misfire: Malkovich, Shannon, Quinn, Fassbender, Arnett! I do have to give WB some props for not taking the easy way out and refusing to screen this for critics. They may have held off until the last minute, but an advance screening is an advance screening.