Now playing at a theater near you. Star Trek: Into Darkness, Hangover 3, Fast and Furious 6, After Earth, Superman: Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, 300: Rise of an Empire. Once again, sequels and remakes galore compile the list of 2013 summer blockbusters.
Instead of making a list of worst summer blockbusters, because I don’t plan on seeing most of these, and bar a couple of these and some 80’s or 90’s flops that I actually wanted to see back in the days, I thought about trying a different angle and guiding you to various places on the web who’ve compiled similar lists way before I did and have more of a genuine say on this matter.
Of course, I have seen some of these, for instance a common theme is Transformers sequels (such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), which a friend of mine really loved and convinced me to give a chance. I’ve been holding it against her ever since. Of course, the reasons I hated it, was actually why she loved it. As I learned on previous posts such as this one, people don’t want a lasting memory or an amazing insight from movies, they just want to be wowed and taken away for a couple hours.
Still, even the most recreational movie goer can attest to the fact that big budget movie doesn’t always equate to success, even when conservatively banking on an existing franchise or storyline remake. Here are some lists from other sites that include their takes.
http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/05/the-25-worst-summer-movie-blockbusters-of-all-time/ – loads of usual suspects like Superman III, Waterworld, plus Batman and Robin, along with a lot of DC Comic remakes
http://www.newser.com/story/124332/transformers-2-star-wars-episode-i-and-the-worst-summer-movies-ever.html – Battlefield Earth, which I’ve been told is so bad, I should give it a look one day. Maybe if stuck on a plane with only one film choice on it.
http://entertainment.time.com/2011/07/26/top-20-worst-summer-blockbusters/ – they dig up some rare ones. Hudson Hawk? Wow, and Bruce thought people forgot. Knight and Day, didn’t hear a thing about it. And some familiar ones most lists have, such as Speed 2, Catwoman and Howard The Duck. What I dont get was that people were expecting the latter to be good?
http://guyism.com/entertainment/movies/50-most-disappointing-summer-blockbusters-of-all-time.html – another list, but at least has the nice option to view it all in one page. Many long forgotten flops like Prince of Persia, Da Vinci Code, Miami Vice, The Happening, Superman IV (which was amazingly worse than III), along with commonly shamed movies like Catwoman and Green Lantern.
Now if only one of those movies passed some of their budget over here. Its not like anyone would notice anyway, right?