Looks like Johnny has another critical and commercial failure on his hands. He's on quite a roll. And this was supposed to be a good departure from the face-painting Disney claptrap. Hopefully it will make money in China.
I'll never understand why he backed out of Grand Budapest Hotel, which is a very good movie.
"critical and commercial failure" --- all in the eyes of: ny & la times quite positive reviews among some others. Some feel it was marketed wrong; that it's a more adult story & in fact love story than a sci-fi blockbuster. I haven't seen it yet. I loved grand Budapest hotel ; as I watched it I thought how similar in tone in some ways mordecai is & perhaps he'd already committed to that. Also he always seems committed to helping out his friends &, having met Wally when doing the Maccartney vid, his commitment helped get the movie off the ground. As he always says, much of his career before pirates (except maybe sleepy hollow) was full of commercial flops or at least not big money-makers. "face-painting Disney clap-trap" -- tho I don't like all of his "mask" roles, I love that he tries out so many things. Look at the variety in this year alone: transcendence, lucky them, mordecai, London fields, etc etc.........
I just saw it. It totally blew me away. I was riveted. I had no idea it would be so powerful and so good. And it felt like totally new ground for Johnny, and really commensurate with the version of him I feel like we're seeing lately. Mature.
I don't ever want to see him suffering the way he was suffering for the first half hour of the movie. His character, I mean. That's what happens when he looks like himself and even talks like himself. You feel like you're seeing Johnny suffering, loving.
Stupid critics are giving it bad reviews? Seriously? Movies like The Hangover get rave reviews and two sequels, while thought provoking, controversial and eye opening material like The Lone Ranger and Transcendence get booed out? I give up on Hollywood, I swear!
Some folks are saying that this movie is maybe more about love than it is about artificial intelligence, and that's kind of how I read it, too. At least, that's what sparked my imagination the most. It was like, a hundred things about love:
The embodied nature of love, versus loving someone's consciousness, their insides
Loving someone who can't always communicate what he has in mind
Loving someone so much that their agenda becomes your own, but not losing yourself
Love and isolation--how you can feel isolated when you love something or someone so much that other people can't really participate or get it. You're on your own.
Sacrificing for love
Love motivating people to do both amazing, wonderful things and frightening things
Love and power
Loving a person, loving humanity, loving the world, loving the universe
Loving by appreciating and accepting and seeking to understand what is vs. loving by trying to make things better
How you only ever really have access to some of the person you love
And on and on
But one of the things that may be unique ... I felt like the casting of Johnny in this role... and Rebecca Hall in some of those interviews talking about how she always was communicating with Johnny on a screen, which is how a lot of people are used to seeing him (on a screen), and joking that in her case, she got to have him talk back... Johnny's so beloved *through a screen,* you know? That's how we all (fans, I mean) relate to Johnny, except the occasional moment if you happen to meet him. We all love Johnny-on-a-screen, and what's the nature of that kind of love? So his casting in this role seems... perfect. For me anyway. Really food for thought, and for feeling.
As far as the AI piece, I thought the movie really succeeded at capturing that kind of ambiguity too. Nothing was straightforwardly good or bad--unlike the advance press, which was all about sort of the dangers of being too dependent on technology. The movie was much more complex in its message than the advance press was. And so closer to the truth.
I loved it. I loved it right after seeing it, unlike TLR (which I ended up loving in a different way), and I love that it's making my own little synapses fire so much. I just want to be alone tonight to think about it!
Thank you Monet for your -- as per usual -- thoughtful well-articulated response. I haven't got to see it yet but your assessment & some others here make it more inviting. I'm not generally a big sic-fi fan........sounds more layered as you describe it.