I’m torn. I’ve just been on i09 who’ve recently posted their best and worst sf/fantasy movies of 2010 and, honestly, what is going on with that? Check them out here.
It’s an… interesting list and I guess I agree with most of it. Some of the movies I haven’t seen, either, so I can only comment on what I know. In the ‘Best’ list, I’ve seen Scott Pilgrim vs The World (5) and Kick-Ass (6), both of which are great movies (even if Scott Pilgrim is more an amusing oddity than a film I’d buy and then watch more than once), Predators (4), I mean really? This film was just a piss-poor and, frankly, just plain shit, remake of the far superior original.
I shall now digress in order to rant…
Predator the original and best, was a great, great movie. Despite its slightly shady special effects and hammed-up performances, it’s iconic and awesome. The twist: a bunch of bad-asses (and I mean proper bad-asses; not just some douche bags with moral ambivalence and okay fighting skills) are sent in the jungle only to find an even badder bad-ass is stalking them… like, for fun. In the awesomely flatulent Predators there’s no Arnie, no Carl Weathers, no special forces hard man in sight! Oh, there’s beak-nosed Adrian Brody, who despite buffing up for the role, is no tough guy. Not one capable of beating down on not one, but a whole team of predators… with dogs! WTF! WTF! I say it twice because it’s just so unbelievable. The story we already know – all the best bits are ripped off the original movie and done badly, and Lawrence Fishburne – arguably, the best actor in the entire arse-farting excuse for a film – has the most ridiculous and pointless role of all. I guess his kids needed new shoes or something? This film is a turd, is what it is and it has no place in the top ten best sf movies of the year – i09, what the hell were you thinking!!!
Onwards then. I’ve also seen Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows pt1 (3), Toy Story 3 (2), and Inception, which was a wholly deserved number 1. Oh, and on the subject of Inception, I saw an interesting interview clip with Ellen Page where she stated that the movie defied genre – huh? It’s about going into people’s dreams and extracting/implanting ideas – it’s science fiction, my dear.
So, out of the films I’d seen in the top ten, the only one I really had issue with was Predators. And again, WTF?! Apparently, How to Train Your Dragon was only worthy of honourable mention, which is a shame as it’s a great movie – it’s a LOT better than bloody Predators, I can tell you that.
On to the ‘Worst’ then , and I have some queries here too. Of the list presented, I’ve seen Alice in Wonderland (10), The Wolfman (9), Legion (8), The Lovely Bones (7), Iron Man 2 (6) and Tron: Legacy (5). The real stinkers passed me by, it seems. Well, I have to take issue here too. I also have to say that Predators, for me, pretty much invalidates the credibility of this list. I agree that numbers 10 through 8 are pretty stench-ridden movies. Alice was a huge disappointment, Wolfman was ridiculous and Legion was jus till-conceived pap. I’ll come back to The Lovely Bones, but Iron Man 2 one of the ‘worst’ sf/fantasy films of 201 – are you nuts?! Look, it perhaps didn’t quite reach the heady heights of the first film, but that no way in heaven or hell consigns it to a list of worst sf/fantasy films. That’s just dumb. Remember, dear reader, this is a list with the eminently shoddy Predators in the ‘best’ list. I’ll admit, I watched Iron Man 2 at the cinema and I felt a tad let down, but on subsequent viewings – expectations modified – I found I really enjoyed it, and have actually gone back to watch it several more times.
And what about The Lovely Bones? Overlong? Certainly, but it was dark enough and looked amazing. I thought it was moving and well told; again, not a contender for ‘worst’ sf/fantasy film of the year.
Moving on to Tron: Legacy… Admittedly, the reviewer does say that fans are divided on this one. I liked Tron: Legacy. It entertained me and I’d watch it again. It looked amazing, has an awesome soundtrack and a great atmosphere throughout. It also pays homage to the original.
I have to say, and have done now, that this list was a bit rubbish. Sure, it’s all just down to popular opinion and one man’s poo is another man’s gold, as a friend of mine once said, but seriously? Predators?