From a standpoint of, taking a step back and viewing the big-budget tentpole films that could be classified as 'action'/summer type blockbuster-hopefuls Disney has released in the 2000's:
- Prince of Persia
- Burtonís Alice in Wonderland
- Oz The Great And Powerful
- Sorcererís Apprentice
- John Carter
- Around The World in 80 Days
- Pirates: On Stranger Tides
- Tron: Legacy
- And now, The Lone Ranger, which has pretty toxic early buzz and reviews.
And this is the company making new Star Wars films. Given the mediocre nature of pretty much all the ones I just named - how can anyone assume the best for the Star Wars universe? I am not, certainly. And those films even had proven talent who have made very good quality movies before behind them (Burtonís early work, Verbinskiís The Weather Man, The Ring, and Rango, Stantonís Finding Nemo, Wall-E and Toy Story 2, Sam Raimiís Evil Dead, Quick And The Dead, Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man). So the involvement of J.J. Abrams not all that reassuring, either, to my way of thinking.
I'd like to hope given 'Star Wars' is special, the new films won't be in the league of the ones I just mentioned. But precedent is not on Disney's side here, bluntly. I am not optimistic we won't get a tepid, over-wrought, mediocre and forgettable pile of nonsense under the Star Wars banner. Maybe they'd be better off sending the project over to the Marvel creative 'brain trust' at this point, even, given success of The Avengers at being both funny and thrilling, a rousing film, especially compared to Disney live action's latest clunkers.
So, am I alone in thinking the recent past at Disney doesn't bode well for Star Wars overall....?