It’s Becoming Hard to Take


Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein
Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein
Photo: Lionsgate

Earlier today Warner Bros. announced a trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug along with a new banner for the film, then they released another banner (see below) with Lee Pace as Thranduil on it, then we learn WB has teamed with Brett Ratner, Steven Mnuchin and James Packer of RatPac-Dune Entertainment in a new co-financing deal that makes me cringe thinking what the hell that could mean.

Then there’s the above picture of Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein, a film set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality.

A dystopic present? Vigilant gargoyles? Discovering the secret to his immortality? Can’t we all just agree the secret is made up nonsense and just stop making this trash? I can’t, for the life of me, imagine a scenario where the movie promoted by the picture above is any good. Not even the slightest. You may say I’m being short-sided, but it’s an opinion based on years of being bombarded with endless junk, junk I actually used to be able to get excited about and I’m pretty sure it’s not a matter of me merely growing out of it over the course of the last ten years.

It certainly has something to do with the fact I see way more movies now and it’s simply a fact most movies are going to be average or worse, but so many times I don’t even go see the worst of the worst (Movie 43, Scary Movie 5, etc.) and this looks like another CG nightmare where computer generated ghouls are supposed to impress me more than actually engage me.