Quick Update: Not exactly all came true exactly as I envisioned. The BO results were much lesser than I calculated, and dramatically different from what the media had hyped about. Per my calculation, it seems like a quarter of the blogger population should have watched the film to yield just $15.3 million only! Now back to the post…
Well the results are trickling in…and it’s all good. To be honest, Snakes on a Plane was never on my movie viewing list but after the recent reviews — I’m going to catch the film, probably tomorrow. Any film that has a Rotten Tomatoes score greater than 70% is on my list.
For the uninitiated, Rotten Tomatoes is a great website that aggregates movie reviews and gives it a score based on positive or negative reviews. To give you some perspective, Inside Man averaged 89%, Talladega Nights 72%, GodFather 100% (Duh!), Lord of the Rings 93%…
… and Snakes on a Plane – Critics 72% & Users 94%
Even CNN was effusive:
This is an event. It’s a rare example of a film not just living up to the hype, but surpassing it. And it’s the best time you’ll have at the movies all summer, if not all year.
Here’s more. Check out the Rotten Tomatoes page on SoaP, right here. And more importantly, check out the movie in theatres — once for the blogger in you and once for the inner “Rocky Horror” movie fan in you.
In short, it looks like “Snakes on a Plane delivers exactly what it promised and then some. And how often can you say that about a movie these days?”
Have a great weekend!
p.s. For the skeptical among you (Paul?), here’s a “C-” EW review, however I thought that this was an interesting conclusion to that review —
As Snakes started, a few cheers went up, but the sneer never quite disappeared: It was applause as a form of one-upmanship — a desire for entertainment, yes, but also a celebration of the audience’s superiority, its power over the movie. More potent than anything in Snakes on a Plane is the fantasy offscreen: that if enough people talk up their desire to see this film and, at the same time, take an overt delight in what an unabashed piece of junk it is, they will fuse with the hype, with the movie’s mystique. They will not just watch Snakes on a Plane; they will own it.
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