Monday, May 18, 2009
20th Century Suck
20th Century Fox cannot make good franchise films.
Here's the list of the major ongoing franchise films that they've made in the 2000s:
X-men - Good
Daredevil - BAD
X-men 2 - Great!
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Meh
Alien vs Predator - Ugh.
Elektra (Daredevil spin-off) - UGH.
Fantastic Four - "meh" for a general film, TERRIBLE as a Fantastic Four film
X-men 3 - SCOURGE OF THE EARTH.
Eragon - Ugh.
Night at the Museum - Pretty good, actually
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - UGH.
Aliens vs Predator: Requiem - meh.
X-men Origins: Wolverine - meh/ugh/groan (unless you're a chick)
What Fox has shown in the last decade is that they do not know how to handle franchises. Theyir ultimate goal is simply to make money and keep moving; they literally ignore critics' complaints as long as the cash is coming in. Other studios like Warner Bros are actually concerned with their films' quality and how their franchises are represented, but Fox can't be brought to that level of decency. They occasionally strike gold when they manage to find a director that has the right idea, such as with Bryan Singer and the first two X-men films, or Ben Stiller and Night at the Museum. However, with the X-men films in particular, they have shown that they ultimately only want to make more movies that will continue to use their characters to draw in crowds. This is ultimately a fine business move, but is still not exactly the honorable thing to do.
I recently listened to an interview with a scriptwriter (who had previously worked for Fox) who said that Fox has really gone down the drain, is hell to work for, and is essentially the new Satan of the film industry.