I’ve enjoyed the response that I’ve gotten from my top 10 list. People have come to me with some interesting viewpoints and comments, and I always love hearing about differing opinions. After all, they make the world go ’round.
But I wrote that list knowing that I’d probably get called out on a few omissions. Normally, I’d carry on with my day, taking a “I don’t have to explain myself” attitude. But in this case, explaining myself could actually be fun. Plus, it could bring some more interesting conversation my way.
And so, I present my viewpoint on a few of the bigger titles that didn’t make the cut.
“Spider-Man 3” (2007)
This is the big one. There were a lot of people out there who felt downright betrayed by this less-than-stellar threequel, and I’ve even gotten a couple comments specifically asking why I didn’t include this one on my list. And, simply put, it’s because I wasn’t that let down by it. Not that I thought it was good, that certainly wasn’t the case. But it’s because (bombshell, people), I’m just not a Spider-Man fan. I don’t care much for him as a comic book character, and I cared even less for him as a movie character. The films have, to me, always portrayed a whiny and unlikable protagonist who pines for somebody who’s constantly bitter and mean. Which wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that I was supposed to like these characters and sympathize with them. So when the third one came out and disappointed everyone else, I just shrugged it off and went on my merry way.
“X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)
This one nearly made the cut. As a fan of the first two, I was looking forward to it. And I did feel a sting of sadness when it didn’t live up to what it could have been. But it really isn’t much of a surprise when you sit down and think about it. Fox has a reputation for not being the most caring studio when it comes to quality, and they constantly muscle their way in and take over the creative process. The writing was on the wall when 1) they refused to wait for Bryan Singer, 2) the original director, Matthew Vaughn (who did come back to make “X-Men: First Class”), left production mere weeks before filming commenced, and 3) was replaced by master of “meh” Brett Ratner. It was doomed from the start. Rushed productions almost never turn out a quality product, and there’s no way a movie like this was going to be the exception to the rule. And while we’re on the subject of “X-Men”…
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)
The same studio put their creative minds together to bring us a prequel/spin-off who had been the center of the franchise already, so that they could completely tell a story that appealed to people because of how mysterious it was. In what universe was this going to be good? Granted, by the time the actual movie was coming out, word was out that it was a mess. So the initial blow of sitting in the theater getting bombarded with its awfulness wasn’t as strong as it could have been. But still, there was a time where people absolutely could not wait to see it. But I certainly could have. It helped add to the disaster that the franchise was becoming. But from the sounds of it, “First Class” is bringing it back from the brink.
“Terminator Salvation” (2009)
Again, in what universe was this going to be good? Sure, it had Christian Bale and a little scripting assistant from Jonathan Nolan (or “The Dark Knight” fame). But even if this did manage to have best script in the world, it couldn’t save the project from McG, a man most famous for the headache-inducing “Charlie’s Angels” movies. Not only that, but it was yet another unnecessary entry to the franchise. The movies were done, they ended the second Cyberdine was destroyed. Of course you could argue about how time travel works and the idea that you can’t change the future, only the path to it, which is the concept that these sequels took. But from the perspective of story, it was done. James Cameron himself believed this, otherwise he wouldn’t have walked away from it. The only reason it continued was for financial gain. And if this entry proved anything, it’s that not everyone is hungry for more “Terminator”.
This is just a sample, and I’m sure there’s plenty that I forgot about. After all, it’s hard to remember a movie when it’s plain forgettable. Be sure to sound off if you feel like I’m forgetting anything. I look forward to your suggestions, and I hope I’m able to say, “that wasn’t on there because I actually enjoyed it!”