Originally Posted by peterfram
I agree. Quite a waste of talented actors. This movie might serve as a standard example of the decline in movies since about 1999. 2000 to 2013 may be the worst period for movies in modern times. Not to say there are still not a few good ones each year. Just that the overall quality of script/story and intellectual value has declined severely in this century so far. The weak attempts to shock and surprise simply insult my intelligence. A good story will always beat two hours of nonsense created to do nothing but (fail to) surprise or shock you in the finale. And don't get me started about how sterile these studio moves have become. And now even a lot of Indie moves have become a repetitive bore...
Oh please give me more good content to view in 2014!
You know, maybe a year or so I would have agree with you 100%. But now I'm starting to see that yes there a whole lot of stupid crap and over rated stuff esp during the summer blockbusters.
I also realize now that a lot of stuff I saw in my youth like Star wars and Superman 2 don't hold up too good over time because of advancement in F/X. Watching them now seems like I watched something completely different. Whereas classic films story/character driven such as Jaws, Godfather 2, Sixteen Candles or Scarface seem to fair somewhat better. Heck I'll say it,..even one my all time fav Enter the Dragon lost it's luster over time.
However, I also now realize that there are also really, really good stuff that also gets made like Limitless, Prometheus, Flowers of War, Watchmen, TED, etc simply because the budget and quality of production and technology allows for movies to be so much more entertaining and "big" when they hit the mark.
And the neat thing is that the "hit mark" part is really all subjective and affects everyone differently. For instance, a lot of folks like myself hated Man of Steel but many same loved it and thought it was the best superman ever so you see I think as long as there is money to be made, there will always be good movies for everyone.