- May 14, 2002
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lol No.I think you assume the worst of me here.
I will tell you that the movie 9 to 5 grossed over 100mm in 1980 and was the #2 movie at the box office that year beating out Private Benjamin (#6) and Coal miners daughter (#7). Empire Strikes back was #1 that year and if I remember correctly...... all featured very powerful females. Many in the lead role. And don't get me started about what Star trek has done in the area of female empowerment for decades now only to have it crushed by the bumbling idiocy of what Picard became on that streaming service.
I think if you challenged yourself to look deeper into this, you would find that strong female leads can exist in any time period but it takes good writers and good directors making good products.
What we seem to have today is the shoehorning of bad writing, sketchy ideology and solid source material. She-Hulk was an unmitigated disaster, so was the Rings of Power. Both took the source material and warped (rewrote it or reframed it) it to fit the preferred world view of the company making it. I mean..... write the source material? Is that so hard? that stuff works!
How do I know this? Disney told us they were doing it a few years back. And their agenda is not subtle, and so far, not what the paying customers want to see.
All of these have really been cynical cash grabs, retelling incredible stories… only worse and usually with added songs that stink.For the "balanced" reviews that I've read, the pushback on this isn't about any of the social aspects
It's the cynicysm around a formulaic cash grab
That more effort was put in than the streaming releases and more is expected
However, the pure replication of some aspects and hit or miss nature of the new elements isn't going to universally connect - some will get caught up in nostalgia and some will roll their eyes at a corny new song
The feeling is that this is in line with Beauty and the Beast with an expected return in that area - which would be a success when you consider the real goal is to simply make money
I'm in a camp where the live action remake has lost its spark a bit and probably won't see this unless my family really wants to - i didn't watch BATB either and am struggling to recall the last one of these remakes i did go see
Missed that. So he is saying that the Rings of Power and She-Hulk weren't unmitigated disasters?Pretty straightforward. He was responding to what he bolded in your post.
The new, live-action “The Little Mermaid” is everything nobody should want in a movie: dutiful and defensive, yet desperate for approval. It reeks of obligation and noble intentions. Joy, fun, mystery, risk, flavor, kink — they’re missing. The movie is saying, “We tried!” Tried not to offend, appall, challenge, imagine. A crab croons, a gull raps, a sea witch swells to Stay Puft proportions: This is not supposed to be a serious event. But it feels made in anticipation of being taken too seriously. Now, you can’t even laugh at it.
Well..... it's an option I guess. That's not my concern really, but making all men hapless idiots or numskulls is quite a reversal. Let's see what the money says. Box office matters in most cases.
No..... But I would say that the pendulum has swung wildly in the opposite direction. See Velma, and She-Hulk to see what I'm talking about. Then travel in to the other universes I mention below.
Only 22% kids is a problem as they usually make the mothers go see it again. Time will tell.....Disney release is on track to debut to a massive $118 million over the four-day holiday, with $96 million of that coming over the three-day frame. It ranks as the fifth highest Memorial Day opening in history.
All that watery magic didn’t come cheap. “The Little Mermaid” has a $250 million production budget, so it will need to keep attracting crowds around the globe in order to break even. Internationally, the film grossed $68.3 million from 51 material markets.
In the U.S. 68% of the audience was female, while 25% of ticket buyers ranged in age between 25 to 34. Kids accounted for 22% of the opening weekend crowds.
So you like the damsel in distress that needs a man to save the day?WTH? NYT wants the kink?
Disney’s live-action remake, with Halle Bailey starring as Ariel and a diverse cast, is a dutiful corrective with noble intentions and little fun.www.nytimes.com
Looks like the movie has had a great opening weekend. It's halfway to breaking even at this point even with a poor opening outside of North America.
Only 22% kids is a problem as they usually make the mothers go see it again. Time will tell.....
With all of that being said..... the men are hapless idiots again.
Heaven forbid the title character of the movie actually being the hero when everyone knows that women need to be rescued at all times in a crisis/dangerous situation!So you like the damsel in distress that needs a man to save the day?
100 years of Cinema, hundreds of years of literature wasn’t enough of that?
It was fantastic. My daughter loved it.
But I’m sure they were all playing and making fun of the boys at the party for being such hapless idiots after the remakes dastardly indoctrination! Think of the boys for once, Russ!We were at the park near our place yesterday and there was a big group having a party with a big shade tent and stuff. The theme of the party was Little Mermaid and they had apparently all seen it on Saturday and loved it.