But I Still Love Pacific Rim

As a Christmas gift, please accept this random Illinois newspaper article about how much 47 Ronin is gonna bomb. Of course, since it only comes out today in North America, it might be best to wait a little bit before we celebrate. However it’s been playing since first week of December in Japan already, and with only a $1 million opening weekend, things aren’t looking so great. For comparison, Pacific Rim had a $3 million opening weekend in Japan and was considered a flop there.

The article is interesting, even if it does ignorantly understate how big of a deal Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie is in Japan. But there were real problems with the production of 47 Ronin, with reports that director Carl Rinsch was fired before the final cut. The initial version of the movie was rumoured to not feature Keanu Reeves as heavily as all the posters and commercials imply, and that Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada was the actual focus of the movie. But obviously to gamble a $200+ million attempt to butcher one of Japan’s biggest cultural legends on a Japanese actor is not something America is ready for. What are we, crazy? Bring Keanu back in and have him bang an Asian chick and save all those Asian dudes. I don’t care if it costs $50 million extra to do it!

Reeves’ character Kai was initially absent from the final battle scene. With the reshoots, the climax now pits Kai against a supernatural creature. The studio also “added a love scene, close-ups, and individual lines” to boost Reeves’ screen time.

Doesn’t really matter, I don’t think I’ll ever watch it anyway. even if there was a director’s cut. I just don’t really care enough about it regardless, that’s the problem.

Enjoy your Christmas. Stay in, keep warm, don’t watch this movie and contribute to it’s box office numbers. And then hopefully with another big budget bomb, Hollywood gets closer to rethinking it’s model of betting big on crappy tentpole movies and sequels.

“What’s to-day?” cried Scrooge, calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes, who perhaps had loitered in to look about him.
“Eh?” returned the boy, with all his might of wonder.
“What’s to-day, my fine fellow?” said Scrooge.
“To-day?” replied the boy. “Why, Christmas Day.”

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Destined to fight the world's evil, The WAMBAG endures massive battles involving impossible stunts, races on horse-pulled carriages, and the desecration of enchanting medieval castles (all done with dizzying computer graphics). Not only does the eye candy keep on coming, the tongue-in-cheek writing and deep Transylvanian accents perfect the film with a dose of dark humor.

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