While there were some good movies that came out this summer, there were also some really bad movies.
#3. “World War Z”
This film somehow found a way to make zombies boring. All of the major staples of the zombie movie were toned down to make the film more marketable, much to the detriment of the overall story. On top of that, it tried to force this sense of “worldliness” that wasn’t executed very well.
As a zombie movie, it’s terrible. While I’m not one to champion excess gore, the lack of gore or any real visceral elements rendered the story into a mere shadow of what it could have been. As a summer movie, it’s boring. While the investigative nature of the plot could have been interesting, the protagonist doesn’t come into his own. All I saw throughout the film was Brad Pitt.
Interesting ideas were put forward in “R.I.P.D.”, but there was no development of those ideas. The characters were underdeveloped and bland, which definitely isn’t doing Ryan Reynolds any favors. Couple that with some of the worst CGI I’ve seen in a theatrical release, and you have yourself a pretty dumb movie.
This biggest problem with this film is that the writers didn’t really have any respect for the source material. They were essentially hoping to duplicate the success of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” but in the Old West. This is easily seen when you realize that the original draft of the script featured werewolves in a similar vein to the cursed Aztec gold from the first “Pirates” film.
It most certainly doesn’t help when you have the main stars whining about the negative reviews with Johnny Depp saying that the negative reviews “were written seven or eight months before we released the film,” in an interview with Yahoo UK. Real classy, gentlemen. Way to gracefully take genuine criticisms about a terrible film you just happen to be associated with. A real class act right there.