Saturday, January 15, 2011

From game to movie, does it work? Part 2

Following on from my previous post, my thoughts and views on some more movies that originated from video games.

Firstly, from the ever haunting face of Angelina Jolie that appears far too often on my blog home page (yes I am aware of this!), the Tomb Raider series of movies.

This is a prime example of times that this did NOT work, this movie has a review rating of 19% of Rotton Tomatos and I feel that this is generous. Although with this said, I must then contradict myself, today this movie is the 3rd most successful video game adaptation, grossing $274,703,340 worldwide (Thank you wikipedia). So, why did it get rated so low, yet had so many viewers? Is it an example of selling itself via name alone? (I'm looking at you World of Warcraft movie, don't you dare do this!) Or is there some hidden charm that I am missing? I'll be damned if I know, all I can say I felt this to be a bad movie and I enjoyed what Tomb Raider games I have played. That being only Tomb Raider 1 and 2, old school I know, but who could forget locking that butler in the freezer?

My next example is the most recent of films in this field, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time:

As a family action movie completely unrelated to any video games, its alright. However when you try and view it from the fact it was meant to be going for the same audience as the games, no no no no and no. Every single Prince of Persia game has involved the prince fighting past a multitude of sand monsters to reseal the sands, this movie however has decided that would not please the lords of Disney and instead changed the plot so the prince was trying to stop the antagonist (whom if you had half a brain cell was known to you from the start) from opening the sands. I viewed this expecting some psuedo-egyptian indiana jones/resident evil hybrid and instead I got happyfluffybunnydesertfuntime. If you are looking for a movie to watch with the grand parents or young children thats at least sit throughable, give it a go, if you are a fan of the games however stay far far away!

In my next post, how things work at opposite ends of the spectrum, make a movie so strongly aimed at your gaming audience that outsiders have no idea what is happening, Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children, or make a movie with the name from your series of games that has little no relation to the games themselves, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

And on a completely unrelated note, woo the new domain is up and running!


Speedy Ed said...

i love that movie, i say it works ;)

Unknown said...

Actually, I read about your news that they were making a world of warcraft movie. I used to play wow and I doubt they could make it good. However, for any world of warcraft players out there, check this out

It's a suggested "best actor for the role"

Aaron The Baron said...

prine of persia wasn't too bad... still, not the best though :P

anyways, here's my blog if anyone's interested, just random posts on things i find interesting: feedback's appreciated :)

watchman said...

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Some Guy said...

I saw a dungeons and dragons movie a while back that was pretty good. I haven't seen any of the Tomb Raider or Prince of Persia movies so I can't comment on those. Thanks for filling me in.

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