Hey, I’m hardly qualified to comment here as I’ve not seen it but apparently The Mortal Engines has failed to connect with audiences and has resulted in a box-office failure of some magnitude. The irony of me wishing for less reboots/sequels and more original projects and then one gets made and it flops as spectacularly as BR2049 did (perhaps worse) doesn’t escape me, especially as I didn’t see it either (at least with BR2049 I did my bit, going to the cinema three times).
Unfortunately, real-world problems made missing this (and the new Spiderman animated movie) inevitable. Claire’s uncle has passed away and as she is next of kin, we’ve been so busy registering his death and struggling through all the bureaucracy that entails, Claire contacting people and organising his funeral etc that Christmas itself seems quite irrelevant this year (it’s coming up, right? Hard to tell with everything going on). On top of that, work is always busier this time of year, making other demands, so I’ve struggled to post much of anything at all on here lately.
So watching films is way in the distant background noise of life and The Mortal Engines, a film that looked intriguing from the teasers I saw months ago, has apparently come and gone and nobody else seemed to pay much attention to it either. I don’t know, maybe it was a lousy movie anyway (reviews seem tepid), but it does seem a pity that what appeared to be at least something new seems to have failed so badly at the box-office (albeit I guess it’s more company for BR2049 and other financial follies… follies seems a poor term though, it’s not as if some of these films are terrible). Like BR2049, I suspect part of it is a crowded marketplace. Seems every studio spotted there was no Star Wars movie this Christmas and thought there was an opportunity for success and like a 1982 summer in Autumn/Winter, something had to give. I’ll catch up with it in the Spring no doubt (and Spidey, too) on eventual disc releases or rental.
Does make me rather nervous for the prospects for Dune though… perhaps they should have cast Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as the Baron Harkonnen or something- a wise ploy or selling out? I’m not so sure right now…