King of Excellent (according to Scaryduck)

Wednesday, May 7

Great films that flopped.

Ferris Bueller's day off, I'm sure you'll agree, was a great film. It flopped in the cinema. Tango and Cash, whilst extremely silly, is a superb action movie that also bombed. A truly dreadful film that deserved to bomb but I still enjoy is Howard the Duck. The tongue in cheek flick about a duck from a parallel universe is truly staggeringly bad, and yet I have the DVD of it, and the soundtrack (see last week's post) is superbly played mostly by Thomas Dolby.

Then again, the other side of the coin is films that did well, and really shouldn't have. One stands out above all others surrounding it in the pus filled mire of Hollywood, and even won Oscars. Out of Africa took Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, and made a truly uninspiring film about life in Africa. It was dreadful, and pulled in money like it was going out of fashion.

Last night I was flicking through the 600 or so Sky Advert fests (is that a word?) and stumbled upon "The Adventures of Pluto Nash," with Eddie Murphy. Apparently he paid for this film to be made, coughing up a numbing $100 million. It flopped, but I have to say I don't think it deserved to. The trailer doesn't do it justice, so next time you're out for a video in your local rental place, if you see this and want a good laugh, I'd say go for it. You can do worse, Out of Africa for a start!