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Oliver Lyttelton over at The Playlist raises a good point with this article. After checking out Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, he thought the film took a heavy approach to what should have had a fun, B-movie feel (at least from the title). And this film seems to be part of a larger trend. In his words, “Simply put, blockbusters are for the most part less fun than they used to be.“
Lyttelton is right on. He credits much of it to the success of the Dark Knight saga and the industry’s need to follow a formula. But what works for the Christopher Nolan reboot of the Batman franchise doesn’t mean it will work for every summer blockbuster out there. With few exceptions, notably Star Trek, Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol, and The Avengers, which all had their share of laughs, most other tentpoles have been heavy, angst-filled affairs lacking in humor and fun.
I thought he came down a little too hard on Cowboys and Aliens, during which I had a big, goofy grin on my face for the whole time I was in the theater, but I can definitely see his point. Some of my favorite blockbusters – Jaws, Die Hard, and Jurassic Park – manage to trip deftly from comedic moments to life-and-death situations.
I guess the hope we can find going forward is that studios love to follow successes with the same formula, and those recent exceptions to
the Bummer Blockbuster have all been critical and box office hits. Hopefully someone is taking note, so when “Teddy Roosevelt: Sasquatch Hunter” comes out next July, TR will be cracking some one-liners about his big stick.