Rio

(2011)

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Worst of 2011 So Far: Jackson Murphy

Transcript for Worst of 2011 So Far: Jackson Murphy

 

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Okay, Jackson Murphy weighed in last week with his picks for the best movies of the year so far.  Let’s take a look at his picks for the worst.
 
JACKSON MURPHY:
My five worst movies of the year so far are the: Green Hornet; an awful mess thanks to star and writer Seth Rogen.  
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules; slightly better than the original but still pretty bad. Rio; a boring animated adventure. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; a disapointing fourth installment in this up and down series.
 
And the worst movie of the year so far is Green Lantern. And, if this is "The Year of The Comic Book-Super Hero" Movie...then so far...the year has been a disaster. "Thor" nearly made my "Worst List"..."X-Men: First Class" wasn't great. But the worst of the group...by far...is "Green Lantern".
 
Regular guy gets superpowers and ends-up having to defeat evil and save the day (and sometimes the Earth). And there's always a girlfriend involved and usually a best friend/sidekick to provide some comic relief.
 
There's no originality in the script, the characters are uninteresting, and the action scenes are some of the worst I've seen in a big-budget, sci-fi movie.
 
I will says that the make-up is quite good, both with the aliens and the scientist played by Peter Sarsgaard, who undergoes some interesting changes. 
 
Even though "Green Lantern" was marketed to young kids - as all of these superhero films are - it's not for  little ones...due to intense sci-fi action, including some violent images. Here's my my plea to the studios: I know you make a ton of money off these superhero films so you're going to keep making them, but please, could you try to come-up with scripts that include something ORIGINAL. 
 
Maybe the guy doesn't have a girlfriend, or she leaves him at the beginning of the film because all of a sudden he can fly as most women would. Or maybe the hero actually loses the big battle and evil wins. That wouldn't make for a happy ending but I'd certainly be happy to see it. I’m Jackson Murphy.
 
IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Thanks, Jackson. Now, I don’t understand why Roger and Jackson are both ganging up on the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.  I mean it was pretty bad.  I gave it a thumbs down.  You gave it a thumbs down, but, you know, at least.  It’s not that bad. At least an hour of that  movie is sort of passable.  
 
CHRISTY:
It’s not that bad. Right, and you also liked Green Hornet.  You pointed that out as a good example of 3-D being used effectively.
 
IGNATIY:
Well, it also happens to be kind of a good movie.
 
CHRISTY:
Yeah, I liked Rio. Speaking of a good use of 3-D, some of those chase scenes and flight scenes are really quite thrilling.  It’s a beautiful, colorful movie, and Jesse Eisenberg is good so.