As movies get more and more expensive to make, sell, and promote, studios need every advantage they can get. The easiest way to gain an edge – and the approach most trodden in the last 20 years — is to try and produce a movie with a built in audience. This week going head to head are two very well established ideas being walked around the track one more time to see if US movie audiences would rather remember comedy or action hits of the past.
To call Mission: Impossible franchise a reboot or a re-imagining isn’t entirely accurate. While based on a TV show from the mid-1960s, Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible is a film adaptation of the TV property in the loosest sense of the term. You don’t need to have seen the TV show in order to enjoy the movies or follow the story. The same cannot be said for Vacation, which uses the original characters in new situations performing roughly the same jokes with a slight facelift to place it in 2015 rather than 1983.
Maybe not a great weekend for original thought, but when it’s this hot out who wants to think? Decide if you want to crank up the explosions or the gross-out jokes, and I’ll see you right before the trailers start.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons.
- Nostalgia fueled half-reboot/half-sequel
- R-Rated Summer Comedy
- Ed Helms and Christina Applegate stepping up from supporting character to leading character
THE BIG QUESTION: Is reimagining a classic the best way to stumble at the starting block?
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Ethan Hunt and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
- Holy crap – the first one came out 19 years ago
- One of America’s few non-superhero based action franchises
- No end in sight for the MI series, and surprisingly that is not a bad thing
THE BIG QUESTION: After several disappointing box office returns in recent years, is Tom Cruise still king of the action movie mountain?