DAMN! M. Night, you’re famous for sucking now. For his fourth film in his trilogy of terrible, The Last Airbender is getting obliterated by critics though it may get over $100 domestically. I think this film got a bit of a pile-on because of the hastily converted 3-D. Not that it isn’t bad, but I think some might have given the film more of a pass if it wasn’t for that.
GOOD VS. TRUE
I subjected myself to the first two Twilight films this week. Why, you ask? Because I was lent them, and I hadn’t seen them before. I can’t say my viewing was particularly critical, as I was watching them while distracted, but I feel like I got the gist of it. And I got why the film struck a nerve, even if (and maybe because) Bella is something of a vacuum: Almost every girl in the whole wide world has wanted a dude they couldn’t have. That seems to be the key ingredient why the novel has struck a deep chord with a number of women, which exists more so than the vocal online fan-base. I’ve come to be surprised how many women I meet who read these books, some declare their love as a point of pride, others as a guilty secret, but I’ve learned that it’s something best not to make fun of in mixed company. The problem is that Stephenie Meyer is a Mormon, and there are some weird things afoot in the text, with its abstinence until marriage stuff, and
But I think the material struck a nerve because the audience could relate to Bella, and ignored a lot of the rest. And that’s where the headline comes in. When
And if I feel that it’s worth going a little softer on Twilight, it’s only because I think there’s something to be said for genre work that is driven almost exclusively by a female base, and because in the dick comparisons of fandom every group has people they’re embarrassed about. It seems that there are just as many guys who saw
What a pathetic movie-watching weekend. The Last Airbender should open somewhat, but it’s going to be front loaded like a motherfucker. Twilight takes the weekend, of course,
2. The Last Airbender - $47.5 Million
3. Toy Story 3 – $36 Million
4. Grown Ups – $24.3 Million
5. Knight and Day – $10.4 Million
And then I’ll come back to you on Sunday. With muffins.