R.I.P.D. Might Have Been Better Off Staying Dead



Ryan Reynolds has had no kind of luck establishing himself as a franchisable action star. Blade 3 was meant to spin off on his character, and it went no where. Wolverine was meant to introduce Deadpool, and despite Reynolds' insistence, that spinoff hasn't moved an inch since Wolverine killed the X-Men prequel business. Green Lantern was meant to show that DC can make a non Batman related movie that is good, and proved just the opposite. And while Reynolds gets a lot of flack for being a less charming version of essentially Nathon Fillion (funny, because they both started out on the same show), I think the bigger issue is that Reynolds just keeps picking terrible films to make.

Case and point, I have no idea what to think about R.I.P.D. It is obviously a rip off of Men in Black, so much so that they don't even try to hide it. But the tone... On first viewing of this trailer, I wrote it off entirely. Bridges is playing his role less like Rooster Cogburn and more like Yosemite Sam, the jokes are hammy and groan worthy, and it has been my experience that movies that intentionally try to be so-bad-its-good are only ever just bad. On second viewing though, I wonder if Robert Schwentke (director of RED) intentionally made the movie as if it were a live action Looney Tunes cartoon. The action certainly looks that way, the performances are over the top in the way that people seem to think cartoons are (despite Roger Rabbit proving just the opposite), and the last scene in the trailer, with the bus, is straight out of the Road Runner. So, maybe I'll give it a chance.

And maybe the next trailer won't be total crap.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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