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.
Maybe he has his reasons. Not always it's related to the good scripts or good directors. Sometimes the things doesn't work for many different reasons, maybe he didn't like the character, not a challenge or even the fact that it was shooted in Europe (it was in Germany) V/S Transcendence in Los Angeles and NM and the chance to be near the children. could have influence on his decision
I saw both, and while Grand Budapest Hotel was, you know, clever and witty and pretty and original, it didn't stick with me. It didn't really say much of depth to me. Transcendence wasn't as quirky and creative on the surface, but it had so much more substance to it. And it relates so much to his life. And he doesn't have to be just another mouthpiece for Wes Anderson, whose characters all have the same speech patterns, kind of like Woody Allen's. And GBH would have been another farce for him. So, I don't know that he was ever in a position of choosing between GBH and Transcendence, but if he was, there could have been good script- or acting-related reasons too.
Monet, I like your thoughts! Yes, it was about love. Too right. I also loved the questions it explored about free will. What would a "perfect world" look like? Would be have death, injury, (no) would we all work together towards a better world by fixing things like blindness, pollution, physical disabilities, (yes) would we all be autonomous but work together in "telepathic" (networked) union to be a stronger team? Hmmmm!
Cool ideas, Soleil! I've been thinking more about the idea of uploading a person's brain to a computer. A lot of the brain is tied directly to bodily functions and evolved along with them: different kinds of touch, sex, hunger, thirst, muscle movement, breathing, organ function, hormones, limbic system. So if you disconnect the brain from all that, would it create the kind of "screaming monkey" that Brie talked about--a total frustrated disconnect from physical experience? Or would it be more like being a quadriplegic, having a severed spinal cord or something, like Christopher Reeve? What was it like for Will to watch Evelyn eat? Was it like the zombie-Pirates in Pirates 1, eternally frustrated? Or just a non-thing?
Just throwing this out into the ether on a Wednesday morning...
That said, there could be some cool fanfic about how computer-Will and Evelyn developed their sexual relationship post-upload. No body, but all kinds of powerful technology, baby.
ETA: I had second thoughts about posting this, because I don't think "They should have marketed based on Johnny's good looks" is all that wise, either. But I liked the paragraph in red. We all know this about Johnny--and yet, we all don't.
"Transcendence" & "Rise of the Guardians" illustrate the fine art of how NOT to promote a motion picture
Jim Hill 22 Apr 2014 2:06 PM 2
When something is transcendent, it's supposed to " ... be far better or greater than what is usual." Well, that's clearly not what happened with "Transcendence" this past weekend. At least when it comes to this Warner Bros. release reaching its true box office potential.
That's all anyone in Hollywood can talk about right now (Other than that other story, of course). Whether "Transcendence" 's under-performance at the box office -- coupled with "The Lone Ranger " crashing & burning last summer -- means that Johnny Depp has now lost his movie mojo. That moviegoers are no longer interested in seeing this performer unless he's appearing in a "Pirates of the Caribbean" film or -- to a lesser extent -- working with Tim Burton.
Mind you, based on what I've heard from people who've actually worked with Johnny, the one person who'd be most amused by all this frantic Hollywood hand-wringing would be Depp himself. You see, Johnny doesn't really consider himself to be a leading man but more of a character actor. More to the point, Depp doesn't agree to take on parts because he hopes that movie will then make beaucoup bucks. But -- rather -- because the role being offered interests him and/or looks challenging.
That's why Johnny will be in Massachusetts next month shooting "Black Mass," which details the FBI's complicated relationship with notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. Then after that, because he so enjoyed playing the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland ," Depp has agreed to reprise that role in its 2016 sequel, "Through the Looking Glass." And once production of that big budget fantasy film wraps, Johnny will be trading his top hat for some dreadlocks as the fifth installment of Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series -- which is tentatively titled "Dead Men Tell No Tales" -- sets sail.
And given that "Alice in Wonderland" sold $1.025 billion worth of tickets worldwide back in 2010 and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides " sold $1.045 billion worth of tickets worldwide back in 2011, it's assumed (at least within the corridors of power at Disney) that these two highly anticipated follow-up films will do just as well as the originals. Which is why -- come 2016 / 2017 -- I seriously doubt that you'll be hearing anyone in Hollywood whining about Johnny Depp's waning box office appeal.
But that said ... One has to wonder if "Transcendence" would have done at least a little better at the box office if Warner Bros. had opted to go with a far different marketing campaign for this Alcon Entertainment production. As one Hollywood wag put it yesterday: "They took one of the most attractive men in Hollywood and then put together a promotional campaign that made Depp look like crap. No wonder nobody went to see this movie."
Ok, I went to see the movie this evening(today was the releasse date in AU) and I really enjoyed it. No It wasn't perfect. Yes it had plot holes. It was even hard to understand at times. But, It was an overall coherent, intelligent, moving and thought provoking film.
The actors all did a great job. Johnny was extraordinary, Paul Bettany was great and Rebecca Hall was very good. I thought Johnny and Rebecca had wonderful chemistry. Their relationship was very believable.
Johnny, Johnny, Johnny! My god what a man! I have been swooning and drooling like a moron for hours now. I can't get Will Caster out of my head. He's not just a pretty face. Everything about him is just...to die for. He is the complete package. Charm, Charisma, Presence, Sensitivity, Grace, Intensity, Sensuality. That voice! My god! He gave me goose bumps every time he spoke! A low, gentlemanly, mostly masculine croon with just a hint of daintiness. The ending was gorgeous. My heart literally skipped a few beats when he carried Evelyn. That is a man to kill yourself over! Lol
Despite it's few flaws, it was a very good film. I'll definitely be seeing it again. 8/10