Film is a visual and aural medium, so it's only natural for filmmakers to strive to create a grand spectacle for the eyes and ears, but it takes a grand spectacle of emotion and story to create a true sense of wonder. That's where the magic of film lies.
At the conclusion of The Fellowship of the Ring, I was completely on board for the next two pictures, completely invested in the world that had unfolded over the previous 170 minutes. This time around? I'm not entirely sure whether I'll stick it out for the next two films.
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The major limited release story was the record-killing debut of Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master , which earned an eye-popping $730,000 from just five theaters. That's a per-screen average of $145,949.
More to the point, if you have friends over to watch television, you likely won't have enough glasses for everyone. That's just if you invite a few friends. But what if you plan to have a Super Bowl party - who is going to have 30-40 pairs of glasses sitting around?
Brave is rarely boring but rarely engrossing, a trifling piffle that fails as art and nearly fails at entertainment as well. It may not supplement Cars 2 as the worst film Pixar has yet made, but it clearly qualifies as the most disappointing.
With Prometheus, those expecting a game-changing science-fiction masterwork will be painfully disappointed. Those expecting merely a top-notch variation on the sci-fi "And Then There Were None" template will be only slightly disappointed.