Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Can Looper save cinema?

Relax. Though we hugely enjoyed Rian Johnson’s time-travel drama, we are not suggesting the film can reverse the tides or cure cholera. If, however, the picture can be a success then it might — I said “might” — convince Hollywood …

Sun, Sep 30, 2012, 21:58

   
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Relax. Though we hugely enjoyed Rian Johnson’s time-travel drama, we are not suggesting the film can reverse the tides or cure cholera. If, however, the picture can be a success then it might — I said “might” — convince Hollywood that there are routes to success that do not pass through Sequel Gulch. At a recent conference, some big wig from Universal derived the wrong message from the success of Seth MacFarlane’s amusing Ted. It was announced that a sequel would be hurried into production as soon as possible. Surely, the right moral is that Hollywood can deliver a smash hit with an original story. Ask Seth MacFarlane to produce another fresh idea. He’s so good at surprising us. Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show: they’re all so different. Oh hang on. Best put somebody else at the helm.

Word reaches us that Looper has done pretty well at the US box office. If it hadn’t we might as well have shut up shop and gone home. With rave reviews, hot buzz on the internet and both a veteran and fresh star — Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt — the movie should have been an out-and-out smash. Actually, it’s not quite that. You could, in fact, argue that, by still finishing second to the indifferently reviewed Hotel Transylvania, Looper has confirmed that original cinema is dead in the multiplex. Oh darn.What’s the point!

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