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(Forbes) Why You Saw 'Captain Marvel' And 'Wonder Woman' But Not 'Alita' And 'Tomb Raider'.

o k

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Oct 25, 2017
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And that’s one of the dumbest reasons I’ve heard for someone not going to a movie, it’s not a valid form of criticism. It’s focus group comments. Smh
It is a stupid reason but I’m not even joking it’s why I and my friends didn’t watch the film. It just be like that sometimes.
 

Nox

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Dec 23, 2017
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I really wanted to see Alita, but it snuck under the radar for me and only had time/ money to go see one movie last week. Plus my friends already got tickets for me for CM in advance.

Never cared for TR (even though I saw the ones with Angelina Jolie), because it looked like dogshit
 

Hoa

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Jun 6, 2018
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Pretty sure I saw 3 of the 4 and enjoyed them. The only one I didn't see was Tomb Raider because I didn't even know about it.

Hope Alita can get a sequel.
 
Jan 7, 2018
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Slovakia
Wait, so the article wants to the people who didn't went to see Alita or Tomb Raider to feel bad? That people don't go to the theaters to see every single female-leading movie or somewhat? What? Like forcing people to go watch even mediocre or bad movies because if not, they need to feel ashamed if those movies bomb ?
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,036
Houston
i didnt see Alita Battle angel cause the previews made it look like a shit movie and alita looked weird as fuck.

i didnt see Tomb Raider cause the preview was meh.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Metro Detriot
I saw both WW and CM cause I wanted too. Both were good movies that had female leads of strong, capable women. I don't mean physically strong either. I mean women that have their own agency, like Ripely or Sarah Connor. Female action leads that have that quality are too few and far between.

Allita just came out at the wrong time- every weekend we wanted to see it, we were busy. It now out of most theaters around here or relegated to the small one. We'll either catch it streams or when one of our friends gets it. I have decent memories of liking the manga back in the day.

TR, I've never seen the movies. The tits and ass fan service of the first game have always stuck with me. She may be smart, but she was made for men's eyes- gameplay required she had a brain for puzzle solving. I don't hate Tomb Raider, I know I was never part of the intended audience.
 

AlteredBeast

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Oct 27, 2017
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I can't be the only one that saw all four of them. And I keep all my movie stubs too. My first was the first Harry Potter.


Forbes Link

from Scott Mendelson

Excerpts from the article:
This article falls in line with something I was thinking about recently, as I've kept all of my movie ticket stubs going back over 20 years. As soon as I was old enough to drive I saw lots of movies in theaters throughout the 90s and early 00s, but these days when you look at my stubs you'll see franchise after franchise with the occasional outlier like Alita. I'm less likely to take a chance on a movie that's unfamiliar now, and the studios know it.
Heh. I keep all my stubs, too. Going back over 25 years at this point.

I actually choose to go to some theaters over others since some have stopped providing a ticket and only print out a receipt instead. LAME!
 
Oct 27, 2017
489
Why would an in-universe explanation be of any help in making you look the look of a character more? What a weird point to make.
You have to see it in order to understand.



Hated the look in the trailer...

Fell in love about 5 minutes into the movie...

Got some cool context about halfway thru.

And seeing the rest of the characters in the world doesnt make Alita stand out of place as much as the main character focused trailer does.
 
Oct 29, 2017
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LOL

I imagine Monster getting the Alita trailer treatment with people walking away from it describing the movie as "that one about the up and coming doctor" and not about what it really is about.
Didnt want to go too in on the descrip because I didn't want to derail. Though, to stay on point, I have no desire to watch Alita because I didn't like the comics.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I didn't see Wonder Woman until it was out on Blu Ray and I'm planning on seeing Captain Marvel next week. I did see Happy Death Day 2U because I liked the first.

Comparing Alita and Tomb Raider to Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman seems weird. That's like saying "You saw Fast & Furious and Return of the King but you skipped out on It Follows and Need for Speed" (granted Alita is probably better than all of those)
 
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Oct 27, 2017
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Didnt want to go too in on the descrip because I didn't want to derail. Though, to stay on point, I have no desire to watch Alita because I didn't like the comics.

Sometimes a different perspective and a medium change can do wonders for a story.
Especially when you have several hundred talented people refining it
 
Oct 27, 2017
489
How many people even noticed it in that one scene though?
There were 2 visual scenes and 2 exposition scenes explaining that she was "different"

2 Flashbacks and 1 scene where they find out her age and one scene where they tell her the type of soldier she is

but to answer your question not a lot.

I only noticed it because the chick talking didn't look like Michelle Rodriquez lol
 
Oct 26, 2017
7,855
Madrid
You have to see it in order to understand.

Hated the look in the trailer...

Fell in love about 5 minutes into the movie...

Got some cool context about halfway thru.

And seeing the rest of the characters in the world doesnt make Alita stand out of place as much as the main character focused trailer does.
OK, I'll take your word for it. I want to see it eventually.
 
Nov 19, 2017
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What? No. The movie is still about her naively fawning over some total doofus when she's not striking "badass anime poses." Like the action and aesthetic are great, and the main actress does well with what she's got, but it's real fucking messily put together.

It's like baby's first puberty/classism metaphor.
And what was the major theme of captain marvel besides setting up the avengers sequel?
It was the worst first character movie since the Hulk.
 
Dec 23, 2018
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Alita is a good action movie, better than CM.

Tomb Raider's problem is same as the Ass Creed movie. People don't want video game movies not even gamers.
 
Oct 29, 2017
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Yep. Del Toro was at one time going to adapt it with HBO. Sad it never happened.
Yeah, I remember reading it after going on a Japanese horror binge once I read a bunch of Junji Ito stuff. Was looking for pretty much anything similar and that one was highly recommended. That was probably 6 or 7 years ago.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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The true movie goer that sees female lead blockbusters sees none of those movies, but preordered tickets for Mortal Engines!
 
Alita was such a disappointment. I was hoping for them to go with a darker tone just like in the manga. The messaging of what it means to be a human in an machine is almost nowhere to be found and it's become another Mary Sue to greatness story line.

At least Captain Marvel is entertaining. One of the few cases where the trailer matches the end product.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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What if I saw Captain Marvel and Alita but not Wonder Woman and Tomb Raider?
Then you should see Wonder Woman ASAP, because it's great.

Because TR and Alita looked bad and were bad.
Alita wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination. The story, lead performance, art design, and above all, action, were so much better than the trailers made them out to be.

What's with Era and people calling really well made movies "bad"? Lumping Alita with Tomb Raider... Hold on while my eyes complete several full revolutions in my skull.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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I saw all of them. Wonder Woman was a great movie. Alita was a good movie, and captain marvel was a good movie. Tomb raider was fucking horrible.

And I hate to be that guy but going to the movies is expensive. Back when I was younger I only worried about paying for me. Now I have a family and I’m buying 3 tickets. It’s 40-50 bucks to go the movies now and I don’t have nearly as much time as I used to so I typically wait for most films on Blu-ray or streaming. I can redbox a Blu-ray for 2 bucks. It makes a difference. Because of pricing we typically only go to stuff like Star Wars, marvel stuff, etc. I’m not gonna blow 40-50 bucks on a movie that looks iffy.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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The only thing I know about Alita is pieces of shit online seem to love it, and somehow have weaponized it against women's rights with Captain Marvel as their surrogate target. Those assholes are enough to keep me away.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Eh, I dunno. I'm not sure if the majority of women want to necessarily see a film solely because it has a female lead. I would assume the trailers would have played a big deal in their decision, as not everyone is willing to take a chance on a random film that has horrible trailer(i.e. Miss Bala and Tomb Raider trailers, which looked like trash). At the end of the day people are going to vote with their wallets and they are going to vote on films they feel are safe.

Side note: I realize I've seen 4 of the 5 movies mentioned.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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This is the type of "feminism" only a white dude with no concept of what feminism is would write.


Feminist fight for representation in films isn't: everyone must see every female led film or you're not being feminist.

Feminist fight for representation is that we need more women in leads, and that they are allowed to succeed and fail as any one with a man lead would,. The real success isn't every woman lead film ever is a success and you aren't doing your part for the cause if you don;t see all of them. The success is in fact the opposite, the entire decoupling of success from the future existence of other movies with women leads. True success is when films with women leads are allowed to fail, and in some cases fail spectacularly without the future of women lead films being put at risk.

This article encourages the coupling to remain, outright reinforces it, fuck that.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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And that’s one of the dumbest reasons I’ve heard for someone not going to a movie, it’s not a valid form of criticism. It’s focus group comments. Smh
This comment is ridiculous. How is it a dumb reason? If a visual aspect of a film is off putting, enough to make you not want to see it, that is a perfectly valid reason not to go watch.

I imagine, as highlighted enough already, it’s probably down to the former films having decent to good reviews, and the latter having average to poor reviews. I think it’s disingenuous to completely ignore that.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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wasteland
I might catch up Alita because I've read the manga and I'm morbidly interested. Ain't seen the rest.
Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman was shoved down my throat marketing-wise, the other two not really. Not really surprising that the first group of movies, which have gigantic machines to try to put audiences in seats, are more successful than the latter.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I never heard of the other two, because I live in a box or something. I'll add them to my netflix DVD list and give them a watch.
You're not really missing out. Alita was a bit more fun than I thought it was going to be, but more in the Venom sort of way, where I was having a good time while acknowledging that the movie was mostly bad.