GEOSTORM! or geez, i’m an old

24 Oct

IN A WORLD. OF BADGE-ENGINEERED MID-NINETIES ECONOMY SPORT COUPES. ONE ISUZU-MANUFACTURED GENERAL MOTORS PRODUCT RUSTS SLOWLY AWAY IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN AFTER A SUCCESSION OF HIGH-SCHOOL DRIVER ABUSE…

Just getting the obvious joke out of the way…

Anyway…I saw a trailer for the currently-in-general-release, 11% Tomatometer™ rated Gerard Butler vehicle probably two years ago (it was originally supposed to be released last year, but got kicked down the road a couple of times to avoid such quality product as Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), and promptly forgot about it, maybe being reminded once or twice, thinking it was a Sharknado-level SyFy original about extreme weather disasters and “action meteorologists”. Twister meets Independence Day, were I pitching it to Joel Silver or something.

Everybody else pretyt much forgot as well, given it’s performance. That said, I read the review that io9 posted and got a bit of a laugh, as it’s apparently not terribly good as a disaster movie, action movie, or any kind of movie, actually. Apparently after this, plus stuff like Gamer and Gods of Egypt, the guy really needs a new agent. He was a lot of fun in 300, and probably dservers better.

The thrust of the linked review is that it’s a ton of footage of people looking at screens, while the audience themselves watches the “action” on screens itself….it’s kind of meta, but also kind of true to life, given my experience, and expressed by this particular comment from from Kinja user OlyOink:

My 7 and 8 year old sons would probably love this movie if their habit of mindlessly watching other kids play video games on YouTube is any indication…

Yep. This is what kids do, and those of us of a certain age are all about telling them to get off our lawns while tying onions to our belts. In as recently as the last two weeks, The Washington Post wrote a piece about this…the conclusion in that article was pretty much the same one I and my Gen-X friends have come up with, is that our children are asocial aliens and have no sense of what’s actually funny or entertaining*.

And the world keeps turning.

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*- to be fair, my teenage son found “internet classic” Macaroni and Beef hysterical to the point of choking on laughter when I shared it with him a while back, so there may be some hope.

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