I figured I would start to make this a reoccurring feature on my blog. I wrote the first one (found here) a couple of months back, and I find there lots of things I don’t understand.
The latest? Why special interest groups that disagree with movie plots decide to go on a public rant, thereby creating more interest in the movie and defeating the reason why the group went public in the first place.
As I’m sure many of you know, there’s a movie coming out called Orphan.
(Actually, how could you not know? You can tell how much a movie will bomb by the amount of commercials ahead of time. Paul Blart Mall Cop ran a million commercials. The movie stank. I never saw one Harry Potter commercial. The movie made three trillion dollars on the opening weekend).
The studio who is releasing Orphan, Warner Brothers, has been running about 17 commercials per half hour. So it’s not going to be a good movie. It’s about a girl who is adopted from an orphanage, only she turns out to be evil (or so the commercials suggest).
If groups were smart, they’d keep their mouths shut, and wait for anticipation for the movie to die down until it’s released on DVD about four weeks after it opens.
But no, they couldn’t. They had to start talking, as shown by this Associated Press article.
Here are a few key lines from the article:
“Some adoption advocates are urging a boycott of the movie, which opens July 24.”
The film “seems to suggest that orphans are damaged goods, and that adoption could destroy a life,” Medefind said.
They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity. So Warner Bros. can only benefit from this. It will make some people want to see the movie just to see what the fuss is about.
But do the groups truly believe that people will think all orphans are like that? If so, does that mean everyone now believe that children in orphanages break out into song, a la Little Orphan Annie?
If the groups truly wanted people to stay away from the movie, they should have kept quiet and let the trailers do that for them.
I just don’t understand it.