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Welcome to MoviePilot Rave or Rant. Rave or Rant is based on Collider Buy or Sell; a popular segment on one of my favorite movie talk shows called Collider Move Talk. I thought it would be a fun and interesting way to give my opinion on some interesting movie news pieces released throughout the week. This also opens it up for others to share theirs as well in the comments or their own individual posts. The topics today are as follows:
Marvel Says No To R
The release and subsequent success of Deadpool raised a question in Hollywood, would the film be the start of a new R-rated superhero film trend? The answer is still up in the air, but recently WB announced that they will be releasing an R-rated Ultimate Edition of Batman v. Superman for home video before the film even hits theaters. This points to signs that the industry will start repeating this process as a means to cash in and not in terms of fit for the actual characters and stories.
When asked about plans for such a movie being added to the Marvel line-up, Disney chairman Bob Iger made it clear, “We don’t have any plans to make R-rated Marvel movies."
I wholeheartedly buy that Marvel won't add any R-rated films to their existing line-up. We are going into our 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and any change to the overall tone would be very jarring. Arguably the tone of the films were altered with the release of Captain America: The Winter Solider. The film had a much darker and a real world type of feel when it came to the action sequences and content, but still managed to maintain a PG-13 rating.
The great thing about the Marvel films is their ability to adjust the content of their films in a way that stays conducive to the stories they are trying to tell, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The upcoming release of Captain America: Civil War will reportedly up the ante. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have said that "Fans can expect the upcoming movie to be even more aggressive and gritty than the second installment." So we can rest assured that Marvel will continue to push the envelope without alienating their younger viewers.
Somethin' Strange In Your Neighborhood
It's finally here; the first trailer for the highly anticipated reboot of Ghostbusters and it has the internet divided. If you check out the trailer on YouTube, it has almost double as many dislikes as it does likes with many suggesting the all-female cast might be to blame.
Any time a film gets a reboot it will undoubtedly be compared to the original. The trailer is full of nods to the original two films and it looks like it will follow the same story beats from them as well. And that is where my rant begins. Since the announcement that the new team would be all female I've been anxious to see how that would change the tone of the film, and that change is my main problem with the trailer.
The movie could have been a fresh take on the franchise - instead, it is coming off more like a parody of it. Some of the over-the-top joking and the cartoonish nature of some of the ghosts was a huge turn-off. When you compare the tone of the original films, (which had the perfect blend of horror and comedy)with this seemingly over-the-top reboot, it makes me worried. Here's hoping that this film just isn't style over substance.
The Power Is On
Another reboot starting to gain some promotional steam is Saban's Power Rangers. The film has recently begun filming in Vancouver and with that, we have gotten the first official photo of our new cast of rangers.
I am a massive fan of the Power Rangers franchise and can't wait to see the brand new film, especially hearing about all the changes they are making for it. One large change made was the focus on keeping the team diverse while not alienating fans with the color coded stereotype the original team was tied to ( i.e. black actor playing the black ranger). Director Dean Israelite spoke with EW about how the diversity issue was focused on from the start:
“From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process. We switched all of the races around, but we made sure that the essence of each of those characters are who they were in the original show, and this really will be an origin story of those characters.”
The Rangers also won't be established friends when we meet them like in the original series. According to Isrealite the group will be “disenfranchised and disparate” when the film begins. This is a great way to add tension to the team that just wasn't there in the original series.
All in all, we will have to wait and see what the look and feel will be from the film when we get our first trailer, which will more than likely drop toward the end of the summer. My hope is that it will have old and new fans raving about the revival of my favorite childhood obsessions.