Ontem assisti a The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (nem sei como traduziram… “desolação”?) no cinema, e hoje quero escrever um pouco dos meus pensamentos sobre o filme. Mas, com isso, também quero falar um pouco da minha relação um pouco… frustrante com os livros de J.R.R. Tolkien e os filmes de Peter Jackson. Apesar de ser um apreciador de grande parte da cultura nerd dos séculos XX e XXI, um elemento bem importante dela sempre me deixou um tanto alienado. Estou falando de The Lord of the Rings, ou O Senhor dos Anéis… E toda a obra de J.R.R. Tolkien, por sinal. Eu normalmente aprecio mais histórias de ficção científica do que de fantasia, e isso tem um grande papel nisso, mas acho que há outros motivos por trás disso.
When you walk out of the theater after watching The Avengers, you’ll probably be thinking one thing: They did it. They actually did it. Think back to five years ago. If someone told you that Marvel was going to do a crossover movie starring Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye and that it would turn out not only good but excellent, you’d probably have laughed at their face. But here’s where competition comes in. For a few years, comic book super hero movies became nothing but cash cows. Companies made ‘em, didn’t care how good they were, and got tons of money from them. This created more than a few bad movies most people want to forget: Daredevil, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk, Superman Returns, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern… Thankfully, that started to change when Christopher Nolan delivered the excellent Batman Begins (and its even better sequel) and Marvel assumed creative control over movies based on its characters, resulting in the really good Iron Man, which in 2008 opened the way for the movie we’re talking about today. The industry (mostly) learned its lesson: you’re going to get better results if your movie appeals both to the comic-oblivious audience and, most importantly, long-time fans of the comics and characters. Continuar a ler