2007’s IT was a revelation in mainstream horror for me. For the longest time, I felt horror had been completely relegated to the status of sub-genre, destined to be nothing but shlock and budget attempts at recapturing the genre’s past glory at best. Never would I imagine it would find itself getting the budget and attention of the typical summer blockbuster. The question was; whether the sequel to that movie would be able to maintain that kind of momentum.
I’ve had this one on the back burner for a while, but with the cataclysmic reaction to the trailer dropping for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, it felt an apt time to move this up the schedule and have this conversation now.
Both Sonic the Hedgehog and Detective Pikachu are two movies with a number of notable similarities: They’re both video game adaptations that take their mascot characters and place them into the real world using CGI, they’re also both movies that had very vocal reactions when people first saw how they looked.
I struggle to think of a movie franchise that needed a fresh start as badly as Transformers. The five movies that came before under Michael Bay’s guidance were tolerated at best by most of the fandom of the original franchise. Bumblebee is a tentative step in the direction of a reboot that also happens to be the best live action movie in the entire franchise.
The larger blockbuster movie has reached a point of saturation for me. One that chooses to focus more on spectacle and excessive action over character development and real storytelling. Looking back, I actually think the original Michael Bay Transformers movie might have been the genesis for this overall trend. Because while they might not be loved, a hell of a lot of people went to watch them.