Originally Posted by metalsonata
But doesn't watching robots blow each other up for two and a half hours while painfully weak attempts at plotting and comedy flop around like dead fishes in the background get old fast? My point is is that I don't see how it *could possibly* be fun. I'm not saying that watching robots duke it out isn't fun--just that I'm going to require a bit more than that if I've gotta pay money for almost three hours of it. Lol.
I totally get that. I have several friends who would be applauding you for what you just said and feel EXACTLY as you do. But I think the disconnect here is that you're just not the target audience for this type of film. I really think this is why you'll often see a film like Battleship get hammered by the critics, i.e. those who ARE paying attention to the elements you cited, but still make a good buck. I don't know that Battleship is the best example cause I don't think it did all that well in terms of box office, but summer after summer there are popcorn flicks that get lousy critical reception but make hundreds of millions. I'm *sorta* the target audience cause even though I prefer a good indy film with a solid plot, strong writing, effective acting, etc, I can watch a film like Skyline, not care about any of that, and walk out of the the theater going, "hmmm...pretty cool!" lol. I mean, just take the "romance" aspect of these films. Can you really say that anything that happened between Benny Affleck and Liv Tyler in Armageddon was remotely realistic? Or the relationship between Shia LeBouf and the hottie in Transformers? Anyone who watches a film like 500 Days of Summer around the same time as either of those films will see a stunning contrast between the two. Even in something like Love and Other Drugs, which was just on the other night, the relationship between Jake Gyllenhal and Anne Hathaway's characters...just far more based in reality. The popcorn romances aren't meant to hold up to scrutiny.
To your point, though, I'm not trying to justify that popcorn flicks not focus on putting out better quality movies. I just think we live in a time of trailer grab advertising where they try and stuff all the money in the bag opening weekend, and that there is a huge population of moviegoers who like it that way. They want to get off work or school, hit the theaters on Fri and Sat night, meet up with a group of friends, talk during half the film and just go along with the ride. The jumping off point for me, and the reason why I can answer your question about whether it gets old with a "no, not really" is because I dine on a variety of genres and films of varying quality, so I can usually find a spot every so often for the "look at all the shiny things!" movies...but yeah, it would certainly get old if that was the only thing I watched lol.
And just to be clear, just based on the posts of yours I've read in this forum, I think you're a SUPERIOR critic and fan of film. Not for one single minute am I trying to say you should reconsider your position, cause you shouldn't. As i said, I have several good friends who approach it the same was as you do. I just think in this particular instance that square peg won't fit into the round hole, no matter how hard you push.