Fun-Size Friday: much like that shiny penny you picked up off the ground the other day, it may not be worth much right now, but grab enough of them and it might eventually amount to something, possibly. In a more literal sense, Fun-Size is a time for me to talk about pop culture news that makes me happy for the future, or at the very least intrigued to see how it all turns out. It’s also a nice way to help me get into a positive headspace before the weekend starts, so that’s good too. Right, that’s enough introduction for this week, let’s take a look at our “appetizers”…
A SCOOB! Mini-Review — Curse of the Cinematic Universe
Scooby Doo is honestly kind of amazing. Sure, the franchise has had it’s fair share of highs and lows — what property over fifty years old hasn’t? — but for whatever reason those meddling kids and their cowardly mutt just keep on going, solving mysteries and eating comically large sandwiches. In that respect, getting a hundred-million dollar CG animated movie should feel pretty great, even validating for fans who’ve stuck with the characters all these years. And yet…I dunno, guys.
To be clear, I don’t think Scoob! is a bad movie; there’s some good jokes*, the world is creative, and the character portrayals here are pretty accurate. Clearly the film’s creative team know their stuff. No, my main issue with Scoob! is that it seems like less of a Scooby Doo story and more of an introduction to a possible, still hypothetical “Hannah-Barbera Cinematic Universe”, only less Iron Man and more Tom Cruise’ The Mummy. Again, it’s not terrible, but in my humble opinion it doesn’t do enough to make Mystery Incorporated stand out on their own, at least not yet.
That being said, I would happily pay real money for a “Fast & Furious” style Wacky Races movie.
*And one Tinder joke. It’s like, I know kids movies are contractually obligated to make at least one joke aimed exclusively at adults, but did it have to be Tinder, specifically? I don’t know, I’ll be quiet now.
Don’t Worry Guys, Zack Snyder’s Gonna Fix Everything
Like a lot of people who saw the 2017 Justice League movie, I found it to be just kind of okay, which is pretty much the worst thing a movie can be these days. A compromising mix of two directors with their own unique styles – original director Zack Snyder and eventual replacement Joss Whedon – the final product ultimately didn’t quite succeed creatively or commercially*. Also, there’s that upper lip.
Naturally, a lot of fans couldn’t help but wonder how the movie would’ve turned out if Snyder had stayed on the project all the way through, which eventually led to calls for Warner Bros to “Release The Snyder Cut”. I wasn’t one of them, but it’s been fun to watch the back-and-forth between the fans and Zack Snyder over the last two years, even if nothing would come of it.
Well, “nothing” until now.
Much like the big Sonic the Hedgehog redesign, it seems fan “support” has won the day…er, eventually. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of Snyder’s previous outings in the DC Universe, but I can’t deny I’m curious to see what Snyder’s “undiluted” vision of Justice League looks like, for better or worse. So yeah, I guess I’m down for this.
*What kind of a world do we live in where a movie that made $657 million dollars worldwide is a box office failure? Really makes you think.
It’s Not Time Travel, It’s “ALMOST Time Travel”.
It’s Very Nearly Time Travel, But Not Quite.
You’ve got to give director Christopher Nolan credit, he doesn’t do anything in his movies halfway. They’re huge in scale, big on practical effects, loaded with top-tier actors (Michael Caine is a must), and usually play around with themes like the nature of time itself. It probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then that Nolan’s latest film, Tenet, looks to have all of these things and will probably leave me feeling very confused after I see it.
It’s kind of impressive how trailers for Nolan’s movies can give you basically all the info you need, yet tell you pretty much nothing at all. Like, have you seen the initial trailer for his last movie, Dunkirk? Vague as heck. Anyway, this newest trailer gives us a couple big plot points: the concept of “time inversion”, an evil Russian Kenneth Branaugh (what, again?), and a couple agents trying to prevent WWIII. It’s like, I can kind of understand the pieces on their own, but I’m not a hundred percent sure how they fit together, or why exactly Robert Pattinson needs to crash a gigantic plane. I guess we’ll find out when Tenet arrives in July, hopefully.
Face It Tiger, Sony’s Making A “Jackpot” Movie
You may or may not be aware, depending on how invested you are in the particulars of superhero characters movie rights and ownership, but Sony Pictures has got a vice-grip on all things Spider-Man, at least in movies. They’ve currently got a nice deal going with Marvel Studios, allowing him to pal around with the Avengers from time to time, although who knows how long that’ll last. In the meantime though, Sony has full access to the rest of the Spider-Man character catalog — something like 900 characters apparently –which is why you’re getting Venom and Morbius movies in the near future, among other possibilities.
So, while we eagerly await the sequel to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse in a few years time, it looks like Sony is planning a “Jackpot” movie next with writer Marc Guggenheim, co-developer and writer for the CW’s Arrow, among other credits. Admittedly I don’t know much about Jackpot beyond a Wikipedia search, but the basics seem to be “scientist mother with superpowers” which is a decent enough starting point to build off, I suppose. I actually pitched a few ideas myself a while back. You know, if you’re interested and/or work for Sony Pictures.
In Short, Remember To Keep Things In Perspective
So here’s the truth: life can get pretty freaking hectic sometimes, and you’re not going to be able to do everything you want when you want to do it. I know this is brand new information that you’re seeing for the very first time and you probably have a lot of questions, but try and stay with me. If you still don’t understand by the time I’m done, just find the nearest big person in your house and direct all your follow-up questions to them.
The point I’m trying to make is that everyone will, at some point in their life, have to look at what’s important to them and re-prioritize, which brings me in a roundabout way to my writing. Now don’t worry, Hypothetical Internet Reader, I’m not closing this site down or anything dramatic like that; this is just me acknowledging that this site is not my job, it’s my hobby. It’s kind of stupid, but I’ve given myself a really hard time when I’ve missed a deadline in the past — a deadline I set for myself — or gotten stuck on a particularly difficult subject, and the last thing I want right now is for my writing to feel like a job. Writing, for me, is meant to be an ESCAPE from my job, and it’s about time I cut myself a little slack and just enjoy what I’m doing.
Now, would I enjoy some monetary compensation for what I’m doing? Sure, who wouldn’t? But for now, I’m going to start by being less of a horrible boss to myself and have some more fun with Fun-Size Friday, otherwise what’s the point?
Have a great weekend everyone. You’ve earned it.