movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Fri Apr 26 2013, 11:12am | 14 comments
He’s a dead guy in a cowboy hat. The other he’s a newbie corpse. They’re cops!
It’s just like other action fantasy comedies you’ve seen, only slightly different.
So it’s basically Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) meets MIB with a bit of McCloud and Ghostbusters thrown in? Meh.
Might be fun.
The way they cut the trailer with the door knocks, gun cocks and elevator ding matching the music at 1:32 was clever.
When I saw this trailer in the theater, my first thought on the title was “Dead Men in Black.”
Don’t forget a touch of Reaper and Beetlejuice.:)
The people who make the trailers are not the same people who make the movies.
There’s also a bit of John Dies at the End. But I like those movies. If you want to steal, steal from the best.
Oh I know, but trailers are their own little art-form which can be worth commenting on as well.
That’s Mary-Louise Parker as the Proctor? Odd to see her settling for such a minor role after Weeds.
And the whole “dead people looking different to the living” is a gag ripped off from Dead Like Me.
MLP is doing Red2, so she’s not really slumming it.
Reaper was what I was seeing…
I thought the early shots did an excellent job of making the film look iike an utterly generic actioner.
Considering all the movies this flick borrowed from, the result is surprisingly meh. It’s not a bad film but unlike the other films mentioned on this thread, it’s not a film I really want to see again right away. Which might explain why it flopped at the box office.
The World’s End did a far better job of borrowing from previous movies. And it seems odd as heck that the most memorable image R.I.P.D. comes up with is that of Mary-Louise Parker in a pair of white go-go boots and that the most interesting question it manages to provoke in its viewers is where the heck MLP got that big bottle of Fresca she possesses in her first scene.
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