Opening in Connecticut – Weekend of 10/6/17


Blade Runner 2049: Well-received sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.  The film’s opening is going to be disappointing based on the budget (some 170m), but I’d expect to see it re-released during Awards season.  The film’s failure to attract audiences under 30 makes me think this might have been better positioned, branding-wise, as a new property set in the same universe (ala Prometheus) rather than as a direct follow-up.

Personal interest factor: 9

The Mountains Between Us: Almost exactly 20 years ago, Fox released David Mamet and Lee Tamahori’s The Edge, a terrific thriller about two men attempting to survive the wilderness (and each other) following a plane crash. While there are some superficial similarities between that picture and this weekend’s Kate Winslet/Idris Elba starrer, I’m doubtful whether anyone will remember this in two weeks, let alone two decades.

Anyone wondering why Kate Winslet would want to lock herself into four Avatar pictures only needs to look at how this is performing (critically and financially) for the answer.

Personal interest factor: 2

My Little Pony: The Movie: This probably would have done gangbusters as a DTV title released at the height of the MLP renaissance. For the life of me, I have no idea what Lionsgate was thinking going wide theatrical with it in 2017.

Personal interest factor: 0


9 responses »

  1. Yep, that didn’t help.

    Frankly, I’ve hated the 2049 title since they announced it. It makes it sound like a video game or a bad television spinoff. I don’t know what would have been better, but I do thInk that trying to sell modern audiences on a 35 years later sequel isn’t easy.

  2. The well is pretty much dry at this point and he’s too lazy to actually challenge himself with doing something different. I do think he’s seemed more engaged of late, though (both in his performances and while doing press).

    Bottom line: the name “Harrison Ford” is pretty much meaningless to anyone below a certain age. Yes, they might know him as Han Solo. – but he hasn’t made anything else in decades that would appeal to that demographic.

    Will Smith is their Harrison Ford.

  3. BTW, I think 2049 is gonna disprove Elbert’s “no good film is too long” thesis for a lot of people.

  4. “It makes it sound like a video game or a bad television spinoff.”

    Video games get no respect.

  5. Ebert himself said video games will never be art.

    But what the title really reminded me of is Total Recall 2070, the short-lived TV series that basically ripped off Blade Runner and hunting androids rather than do anything resembling Total Recall. Remember that? No?

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