Wednesday, November 4, 2009
A Christmas Carol- Really?
Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has been in the biz for a long time. He's made classics like Roger Rabbit, the Back to the Future trilogy, and Forrest Gump. Recently, however, he's fallen in love with 3D animation as his last two movies were the Polar Express and Beowulf and his upcoming A Christmas Carol follows right in line with those.
For being clearly expensive and "cutting edge" technology, these movies just look boring and dry. I don't know about you, but when I see the preview for A Christmas Carol I think, "I wouldn't see that movie even if Jim Carrey showed up to my house and personally asked me to go see it with him." There's just no way you can get me to buy into this crap (am I being Scrooge-like? Ironic, I suppose...)
I think the main problem is that Zemeckis has gotten so comfortable with this 3D imaging, that he's forgetting that a good story that is well executed is more important than any animation or CGI that money can buy. The best example is Beowulf. A story that is so good, that no one truly knows who wrote it because it's that old (there's debate about who the author is, but I don't believe anyone knows 100% who wrote it.) Obviously, we're looking at a classic tale that was passed down from long ago. However, I was bored out of my mind during that movie. To this day, it might be the worst movie I've seen with Mrs. B., and let's keep in mind that the first movie we ever saw together was Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween. Ouch.
After A Christmas Carol, Zemeckis is on to re-making Yellow Submarine. He's ruined a childhood classic (Polar Express), a classic legend (Beowulf), and a Charles Dickens' novel (A Christmas Carol.) Now he's going to ruin the Beatles??? If we could only send Mr. Stickland from Back to the Future on a hunt for Zemeckis- I know Strickland would love to rid the world of one more "slacker." Oh, and I'm talking about the gun-toting version of Mr. Strickland from Back to the Future II.
Hollywood will always make crappy movies, but I expect more from a filmmaker that has proven he can make good movies. Right now, it appears he's choosing not to.