DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of lighthearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:
Like smoking or enjoying reality TV, some things can drain positive potential until only a shallow husk remains. Movies are no exception, and studio involvement is the vampire in that equation. From forced re-writes to poor casting choices ... and let's not forget over-editing, movies can go from great to horrible due to the whims of studio execs. Sometimes by some miracle these over-interfered films still manage to be fairly decent but it's usually evident they could have gone much further were it not for those meddling studios.
Compiled are a list of films that either stunk, or didn't reach their full potential due to their respective studios making a mess of things. Yet still, these films manage to touch our hearts.
That's kinda like limping to the bomb and pulling the trigger with your last breath. Hats off to you, studio-screwed films!
See, the film doesn't even know its own name! Based off of a book titled All You Need is Kill, this movie did poorly at the box office despite a tight script, spot-on comedy, and prosthetic effects used instead of CG that will make it age much better than most competitors. The film could have taken the book's name and been awesome. It could have used the tag line that was such a better name, the DVD cover has "Live, Die, Repeat" in huge letters and then "Edge of Tomorrow" in teeny tiny letters. When you're trying to change the name of the film between theatrical release and home video, you've messed something up. The title makes no sense and Tom Cruise was still an iffy leading man after the public realized he was bat-shit insane. It pains me that they had two viable title options but went with a riddle and banked too much on star power.
In a film that could be summarized as "Groundhog Day by way of Starship Troopers," the sad part is similar to my issue with Bill Murray's time loop film: despite being granted temporal reset power, Tom Cruise had to watch Emily Blunt die so many times he basically gives up on saving her. For ever loop we witness, thousands go by where she dies in front of him. That emotional damage, just like the rigorous training Tom went through, will stay with him despite the day resetting. Sure he survives, but he's damaged goods from here on out.