Saturday, March 7, 2015
How Many Bad Movies Can a Director Make Before You Give Up?
Neill Blomkamp's Chappie is in theaters this weekend and is being almost entirely savaged by critics (I have not yet seen it). Between their disdain for Elysium and now this film, many of these writers are declaring Blomkamp's District 9 to be a fluke -- a work of accidental greatness from a filmmaker with no ability to recreate that success.
Putting aside your own feelings for Blomkamp, Chappie or District 9, are these critics overreacting? Should a director be given more than three chances to really find him or herself before being declared a hack -- especially when one of those three movies was very well received and nominated for Best Picture?
How many chances do you give a filmmaker before writing him or her off? Do you ever? If you once liked a director like Kevin Smith or Tim Burton (I picked them because they're both directors who seem to have fallen out of favor with a lot of people who were once fans) but no longer do, at what point did you bail? And is it too soon to suggest that Neill Blomkamp will never make another movie that people like?