Movie Buzz: 4/6

6 Apr

Well I don’t think anyone will be surprised to see The Hunger Games still holding a solid #1 spot grossing $58.6M.  Wrath of the Titans came in second grossing $33.5M while Mirror Mirror came in at third with $18.1M.  Let’s see how they did and if they are worth the money!

Note: We only review films in wide release.  

Wrath of the Titans—PG-13 What’s the Buzz? 10 years after Perseus’s heroic defeat, he is trying to lead a quiet life.  Of course the Gods are losing their control over the Titans and in the end Perseus goes back to battle. Not a favorite among critics or consumers.  USA Today says the special effects are much better but the dialogue is less than inspired.  Fans of the first movie thought this one was ok, although some felt the acting was dry and the storyline and characters lacked a lot of development.

So is it worth the money? No

  • Box office rank: 2
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 37
  • rottentomatoes: 25% (Whoa…)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 5.8
  • rottentomatoes: 51%  (Not so good)

Mirror Mirror—R –What’s the Buzz? A very colorful and comical rendition of the original Snow White story, however film critics and consumers didn’t seem to give it much credit.  On the pro-side, USA Today thought it had “cheeky humor and eccentric sensibility”[1], but the Hollywood Reporter felt the jokes were lifeless and that Julia Roberts and Nathan Lane could do these jokes in their sleep.[2]  Consumers liked it more than they thought they would, but there were still many dislikes than likes.

So is it worth the money? Maybe

  • Box office rank: 3
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 46
  • rottentomatoes: 49% (Not Fresh)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 6.3
  • rottentomatoes: 53% (Get at Red Box)

What’s opening in theaters this weekend?

Titantic 3D (latest review results—87% rottentomatoes)

American Reunion (latest review results—49% rottentomatoes)


12 Responses to “Movie Buzz: 4/6”

  1. Comic Relief April 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM #

    Great job LB,

    Wrath of the Titans: NO.


    Yes, I’m laughing at – not with. Sorry, I’m sure that was an unbelievably juvenile glee attack. I guess an apology would be appropriate, if get around to it I will do it later. It’s really hard to get people to go to action flicks with CGI when they’re so frequently produced with the narrative being the last thing considered.

    On the other hand I’ve heard really good ADULT things about “Mirror Mirror” it’s too bad that it shares a battle of sorts with “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Somehow I think all creative types involved will ultimately survive unscathed, yet it’s audiences who are likely be the big losers.

    • littlebells April 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM #

      hahahaha!!! Hey , I just write what critics and consumers think. 🙂

      I’ve heard good things about MM, but haven’t had a chance to see it myself. As for MM and SWATH, if I do see them it will probably be at home. Not much of a desire for either to be honest.

      As for AR, I lost some IQ points just posting the video. It’s a franchise that you know is crap so when you buy your ticket you don’t expect anything less than a dirty diaper. I had to read several pages of The NeverEnding Story to gain some brain cells.

      • Comic Relief April 8, 2012 at 1:20 AM #


        Thank you for expressing some very needed common sense on this topic. I don’t want to spoil the film for anyone, I certainly never thought I would see it. But I did so here goes.

        The costumes were fantastic. There were some modernizing “girl-power” touches like having Snow White revive the Prince from a spell. Julia was an amazingly good sport and Lily Collin’s Audrey Hepburn(esque) turn as Snow White was an interesting collaboration with hair and make-up. After bold performances in “Social Network” and “J.Edgar,” Armie Hammer should reconsider doing any thing else this bland again. This generation probably doesn’t need another Lyle Wagner and this movie suggests he’s likely to have a very short career. For the most part this movie follows through with being a kid’s film. Yeah!!! Pray they do not grow up to either be Nazi’s or have incredibly low self-esteem.

        On the other hand, this movie is packed with really terrible and toxic ideas from the past. The racist Snow White premise should have been retired decades ago, yet some how Hollywood rock heads think this premise still sells. After 50 years of actresses like Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, and Gabrielle Union, you would think Hollywood would stop trying to promote whiteness as the only beauty standard. I did not pay for my ticket (Thank God). This movie also hates women, promoting desirable young girls over (of course) evil older women. Contrary to Hollywood wisdom, Roberts is one of our heavy weights and writers are just going to have to be better to support her. Also though I don’t believe she was promoted anywhere Mare Winningham is in this movie. Probably losing out in the popularity sweepstakes to more recognizable brat packers like Roberts and Demi Moore in the past. Winningham only proves Hollywood has a ways to go when supporting older actresses.

        In terms of comments, I wish I had not supported the film earlier.

        • 4string April 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM #

          But on the other hand, she’s Snow White and her trademark is her skin. In the re-telling of any other fairytale, casting directors would probably have more leeway with physical type. For example, Storm in the X-Men was fair skinned in the comic, but Halle Berry made it her own. I know X-Men isn’t a fairytale, but it’s an example of casting a wider net of actresses instead of staying strict to the old school version. Jessica Alba as Sue Storm is another example. However, I think she did look odd with that mega pale blond hair. They should have dyed her hair a darker blond.

    • littlebells April 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM #

      Oh CR,

      I know you aren’t a horror film buff, but here is a great site that breaks down these movies in a rather hilarious fashion.

    • 4string April 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM #

      I took my daughter to see Mirror, Mirror and it was cute and the costumes were amazing. I thought Lily was an adorable Snow White. She does go through a period where she trains and toughens up, but she still remains Snow White. She doesn’t turn into Trucker White, IYKWIM. We saw it on a Saturday afternoon and the theater was pretty full. Much more than I thought it would be. The dwarves also steal the show.

      • Comic Relief April 6, 2012 at 8:15 PM #

        See this is what I keep hearing. go figure.

      • Open Book April 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM #

        Hi 4 String,

        ITA the costumes were amazing. The costumes were designed by the late Eiko Ishioka who passed away this January of cancer. So I’m glad her work is getting appreciated and celebrated. She’s on my list for Oscar next year.

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