Moviegoers can be surprising to me. There are some movies that I have no desire to see, that wind up doing great at the box office. (The Help, Hop, Hall Pass.)
There are other movies that I think are going to have legs, only to peter out prematurely. (Super 8, X-Men: First Class).
Then a movie like Real Steel comes out and reaffirms my belief in humanity. A movie about boxing robots may sound stupid, but it’s showing that a (semi-) original idea like live action boxing robots is way more interesting than retreads/remakes/prequels like The Thing and Footloose.
How anyone would greenlight a remake of Footloose is beyond me. Not that teens writhing around pawing at one another on the dance floor isn’t interesting. It’s just been done before. And It’s not like I’m holding the original up as that great. It’s just… dumb. So that’s why I’m not surprised it didn’t usurp the number one spot.
The Thing prequel not performing was a surprise to me. After all, horror remakes seem to fare better on the whole as opposed to other types of remakes. Not so in The Thing’s case. After all, the main antagonist is, well… a thing.
In the new Friday The 13th, you know the bad guy is Jason, in Halloween it’s Mike Myers, Nightmare on Elm Street, it’s Freddy. What is the Thing? It’s an alien that assimilates what it kills, essentially making it a shape-shifting monster. Not something you can slap on a poster and get excited about. Even though The Thing has a cult following, it didn’t translate in the prequel that attempts to explain the 1982 movie. It did worse than the remakes of The Fog and The Stepfather, which is saying something.
But enough movie talk, the Kings split the two games last week. How did they fare in the eyes of the media? Not so well.
• The Hockey News’ Adam Proteau’s Week 2 rating: 8. Last week: 9.
Jack Johnson (24:27) carrying the mail on Kings blueline.
• ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside’s Week 2 rating: 12. Last week: 10.
The Kings lost defenseman Drew Doughty in their OT win against Philly on Saturday, but it doesn’t look that serious. Still, the Kings are trying to get their North American legs under them after starting the season overseas.
• Sports Illustrated’s Brian Cazeneuve’s Week 2 rating: 12. Last week: 11.
Drew Doughty is out the next 7-10 days with the dreaded “upper body” injury (shhh, don’t call it a concussion, the Kings say it’s a shoulder malady), but they will be just fine as long as Anze Kopitar stays healthy. This guy is going to win the Hart Trophy some day, you heard it here first. He’s huge, but he plays with such a silky finesse. He’s the Magic Johnson of hockey in L.A.
• Fox Sports’ Robert Jim Rosen’s Week 2 rating: 13. Last week: 11.
“In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women.” (Homer) — The Kings added some sugar in Mike Richards and Simon Gagne in the offseason to sweeten their much maligned power play. They’ve enjoyed a 25 percent success rate through the season’s first two weeks.
• Hockey Night in Canada’s Nabil Karim’s Week 3 rating: 13. Last week: 10.
Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo doesn’t have much love for the NHL’s royal family. First he puts Drew Doughty on the injured reserve with his bone-crushing (clean) hit. Dustin Penner responded by getting into it with Rinaldo, which resulted in Penner hurting his knee. Penner asked for his knee to be re-examined, which means it could be more serious than the original diagnosis of just a bruise. Look out for Slava Voynov who may eat up big minutes with Willie Mitchell as a replacement for Doughty.
• CBSSportsline’s Adam Gretz’s Week 2 rating: 17. Last week: 14.
The Los Angeles Kings have two wins and both have come via Jack Johnson
game-winning goals in overtime. Their most recent win was a costly one
as standout defenseman Drew Doughty was lost for at least a week after
he was rocked by Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo.
Take the average and you get the Kings’ Hockeywood Power Ranking of:
Speaking of horror remakes, next weekend has Paranormal Activity 3 bowing in theaters. I anticipate it knocking out Hugh Jackman’s robot Rocky, since now is the haunting season. Check out the trailer: