I hadn’t realized that some people think there’s a “Dark Horse movie curse“, given that the comic company is the source of the hilarious The Mask (which showed many people what Jim Carrey could do) and the imaginative actioner Hellboy. (And no matter what anyone says, I liked Mystery Men, plus Dark Horse wasn’t even the first publisher.) Criticizing them because projects do well, so people rush out crappy sequels, seems to miss the “doing well” part of that equation. I may not care for Sin City and 300, but lots of people did. So no, there’s no curse.
This weekend, though, people are racing to declare R.I.P.D., based on a Dark Horse comic from over ten years ago, the latest big-budget flop (after The Lone Ranger and White House Down, which I liked). It cost over $130 million, and it’s showing in 3-D (which usually juices numbers with ticket surcharges), but right now, it looks likely to not even crack the top five films this weekend.
More damning, Universal delayed critics’ showings, which is never a good sign. Based on the current Rotten Tomatoes rating of 11%, they knew what was coming. The popular attack is calling it a Men in Black ripoff, only with ghosts instead of aliens.
It can’t be that bad, can it? Personally, I like seeing Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, and in a smaller role, Mary-Louise Parker (who’s opening against herself in Red 2). Anyone seeing R.I.P.D. this weekend? (If no one answers, I guess that confirms the predictions.) I wanted to, but I can only make time and energy for one over-the-top action comedy a weekend.