Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Failure of Movie Magic

Robert Zemeckis is a stylish movie director.

He knows how to move his camera better than any motion picture top-kick this side of Michael Curtiz. He chooses interesting subjects and attacks them with zest. Back to the Future. Romancing the Stone. Forrest Gump. Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Zemeckis had an ingrained habit of directing blockbusters.

Even his least satisfying movies, those forays into motion capture that left audiences cold, had moments to recommend them. So it's one of the mysteries of the age why The Walk, which garnered great reviews and positive audience response, was stillborn.

I mean with a thirty-five million dollar production budget where every nickel counted, he couldn't miss. (See the seamless, vfx bullseyes here.) ...

Sadly, miss he did. Even with positive reviews and an A- Cinemascore, Sony couldn't get his latest movie airborne, and The Walk collected a mere $41,761,174 in worldwide grosses. So the picture isn't going to lose a lot of money, but it won't make much of anything, either.

Few, it seems, wanted to see a French wire-walker trek between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.


Nathan said...

"Man On Wire" was a great documentary, so maybe it didn't need remaking...

Celshader said...

It also had to compete with Ridley Scott's The Martian. Films targeting older audiences last month lost ticket sales to The Martian.

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