Last week was an interesting week for movie fans. Our prayers were answered when Michael Bay's production of Ninja Turtles was shut down (he decided that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should be neither mutants nor teenagers, apparently, and the world decided to hate him). The Amazing Spiderman had it's London Premiere, another 45 minutes worth of TV spots for The Dark Knight Rises were released and the world was given Abraham Lincoln; Vampire Hunter.
Yeah, you read that right. For those of you who haven't heard of it, I'm sure the title of the film is pretty self-explanatory. Apparently, before the 16th President of America settled into office, he spent his days chopping off vamps heads with hidden axes and jumping off high speed trains. Something tells me the words 'based on a true story' won't be popping up before this feature.
I haven't seen the film yet, so I can't review it, but watching the trailers I can't imagine it'll be winning any Oscars. It's another CG heavy, light plot summer blockbuster designed to entice and entertain us for 90 minutes before becoming instantly forgettable. Harsh, but only my opinion.
It's become the norm for these type of films to spring up every year over the summer; Battle LA, Clash of the Titans, Skyline, Cowboys & Aliens, Prince of Persia, Jonah Hex, the list goes on and on. As the visual effects industry has progressed, we have been able to offer better quality CG at lower prices with a faster turnaround, meaning anyone can put almost anything in their film. This has lead to a kind of sub-genre in the movie industry of big budget mainstream ‘B movies’.
These kinds of films are often panned by critics and fans alike, but make most of their budget back in their first weekend so the studios don't care. Essentially they create loads of business for CG artists, which is great, but I often wonder how a VFX artist would feel if they spent year after year working on films that everyone eventually hates or forgets. Would you grow tired of telling people what films you worked on, if they insulted you for helping to create horrors like Green Lantern and Battleship? Or would you sweep their comments aside and enlighten them about the incredible new hair system you got to use and how visually stunning the film is despite it's plot? What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments below!