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Sessler's Soapbox: Why Video Game Movies Suck

Posted: January 18, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Why Video Game Movies Suck
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  • chocolatejeebus

    He just invalidated his argument by saying the LOTR movies were better than the books. So apparently it can be worthwhile to translate stories from one medium into movies (or cinema, as the pretentious would say). I totally agree with his opinion about LOTR. Read the books twice hoping to be amazed. Was disappointed twice. But the Sess is a foul crap-eating homunculus to tarnish the awesomeness of Apocalypse Now with the dribblings of his pie-hole, or should I say crap-hole. I dare him to be a quarter the man Coppola is.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:59 PM
    chocolatejeebus
  • jhnnybgood_2001

    I enjoy your tremendous enthusiasm, Mister Sessler! Keep up the awesomeness, please.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:56 PM
    jhnnybgood_2001
  • aceman67

    Amen.

    I tried reading the first LOTR book, and I got to a point where he spent 3 pages discribing a hill top, and then a flower on a hill top, only to have the fellowship walk past it and continue on the story. At that point, I closed the book and popped in my Fellowship Blu-ray.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:54 PM
  • Raisinbman

    Hmm..I guess that's why I enjoy video game movies - really just looking for a laugh and something to make fun of xD

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:51 PM
  • PockyKing

    In my opinion, J.R.R. Tolkien doesn't suck. But Adam, I respect the hell outta' you for saying what you said. Bravo!

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:50 PM
    PockyKing
  • Mr_E_Meatshield

    Eh, I still say that they can't get it right if they don't keep trying. Just like comic book movies.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:42 PM
    Mr_E_Meatshield
  • jjblaster

    Ouch sess, rippin on Lord of the Rings! That is a dangerous play! I know it's not the easiest book to read and maybe not the most entertaining but i love it none the less cause 1) it's the original it's the Atari to the fantasy genre! 2) it's still a freaking good story! Agreed the giant chuck at the beginning of The Fellowship was way too much of the Shire, but how can you not love the battle at helms deep! COME ON!!

    If you didn't like that try reading Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry or maybe some Terry Brooks or if all else George R.R. Martin. If you don't like any of those i'm seriously hurt.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:37 PM
    jjblaster
  • Hylian64

    I have only one exception; manga translates very well into anime.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:26 PM
    Hylian64
  • apage

    Adam contradicts himself here. He has a whole Soap box dedicated to how wonderful Uncharted 2 is. Yet here he points out that it is built out of existing movie franchises, and then at the end of he laments the industries lack of creativity.

    So which is it? Is it a terrible thing that we aren't creative enough to create new stories in each art form (Resident evil movies)? Or is it a good thing that we can take elements from other forms of media and recreate them in new and innovative ways (Uncharted 2)? I think the point here is it can go either way. Good books, movies, or games can recreated into equally good (or even better) movies, books, or games if they are done right (Lord of the Rings).

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:18 PM
    apage
  • LyleT

    Hollywood has been making bad video game movie for years.You would think after all this time they would want to do one right.I guess it is just not the case.I like Mark Wahlberg but he wasnt really good playing in Max Payne shoes and I dought he will be a great Nathan Drake.Regardless of what I think it will probley have a sequel that will blow.It's the Hollywood Videogame movie cure.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:16 PM
    LyleT
  • Dredgon

    I loved Watchmen and Hitman, even after reading and playing the originals (respectively), and thought they were great adaptations! I also agree that the LOTR movies are great, but the books not so much, as I tried to read them before but just could not do it. This is a double edged sword, as most of these adaptions are absolute crap, case and point the RE movies which I abhore, but the game series which I love. But I digress. Great Soapbox, pleasure as always!!!!!

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:10 PM
    Dredgon
  • soonerboomer77

    Totally agree. When was the last time that a movie was better than the book? Also there has never been a good video game movie.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:01 PM
  • crazyginger

    except in a few cases, I agree with Adam. However, I think it's fine to have a game and a movie in the same franchise or same setting, such as Transformers and War for Cybertron. However, as he pointed out, they dont translate well directly. So if people really wanna make a movie or game based on an ip in another form of media, I think they should simply use it as inspiration to add to that specific universe, not to make a shoddy version of an already great product

    Posted: January 18, 2011 6:00 PM
  • Malapropism

    actually i disagree with the ending note of we are part of the problem with why video game movies are made, lots of video game movies have failed, uwe boll anyone?
    but then there are things like super mario brothers,

    has anyone considered that maybe the real problem is when these movies are based on the video game in name only?

    Posted: January 18, 2011 5:56 PM
    Malapropism
  • LTman86

    I very much agree on you there that it's a snake eating it's own tail, but I must say that in general Hollywood can do so much better. There are times when they can produce good adaptations, like the Watchmen movie was pretty well done. That movie actually inspired me to go read The Watchmen.

    Although, truthfully, I still dislike movie adaptations which try to directly follow the comic, novel, or game because it is impossible to cram the hours of gameplay and backstory into such a short timeframe. It can be done, tastefully, if planned out properly with choice selections cut out, again I take example of Watchmen. To say anything of the Lord of the Rings trilogy would be biased because I haven't read the books in their entirety but friends have commented on how they wished certain parts were left in.

    But I still think movie adaptations can still be a good thing. I believe that unless they plan on writing a story that closely follows the character faithfully without butchering it and manage it in a 3 hour movie, it's hardly worth watching. Unless they have a movie that isn't part of the main storyline. The rumors of a Mass Effect movie have me thinking that they shouldn't have the main character as Shepard but have the movie be about one of the side characters with a tie in to before, after, or between the games. Like an adaptation of the Mass Effect novel where Anderson was before Mass Effect 1. Maybe even a story on what the crew did in the 2 years Shepard was dead in the first 5 minutes of Mass Effect 2.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 5:53 PM
    LTman86
  • LTman86

    I very much agree on you there that it's a snake eating it's own tail, but I must say that in general Hollywood can do so much better. There are times when they can produce good adaptations, like the Watchmen movie was pretty well done. That movie actually inspired me to go read The Watchmen.

    Although, truthfully, I still dislike movie adaptations which try to directly follow the comic, novel, or game because it is impossible to cram the hours of gameplay and backstory into such a short timeframe. It can be done, tastefully, if planned out properly with choice selections cut out, again I take example of Watchmen. To say anything of the Lord of the Rings trilogy would be biased because I haven't read the books in their entirety but friends have commented on how they wished certain parts were left in.

    But I still think movie adaptations can still be a good thing. I believe that unless they plan on writing a story that closely follows the character faithfully without butchering it and manage it in a 3 hour movie, it's hardly worth watching. Unless they have a movie that isn't part of the main storyline. The rumors of a Mass Effect movie have me thinking that they shouldn't have the main character as Shepard but have the movie be about one of the side characters with a tie in to before, after, or between the games. Like an adaptation of the Mass Effect novel where Anderson was before Mass Effect 1. Maybe even a story on what the crew did in the 2 years Shepard was dead in the first 5 minutes of Mass Effect 2.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 5:51 PM
    LTman86
  • Reber21

    i do agree, there are a lot of video game, book, and graphic novel, movies that are just horrible i think that its a way of expanding the ip to people who don't necessary play the game read the book or graphic novel. There have been times whee i saw a movie and then found out that the inspiration was a book and doubled back and read it. Maybe that is what can be done here. Maybe people will watch the movie and if it is remotely good they might pick up the game and then say "Hey this game is awesome, a lot much better then the movie." Do not get me wrong i am not defending movie makers that defile video games by making a terrible movie and vice versa but its a way of attracting more attention to something that might have gone un-noticed by people originally.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 5:49 PM
    Reber21
  • RonnyRarko

    Hold on a sec??? did the Sess just say the story of Max Payne Sucked??? :'(

    Posted: January 18, 2011 5:42 PM
    RonnyRarko
  • AlexKiddIsMyHero

    Dead on the money again Mr. Sessler.

    The worst case, as mentioned by 2ply, is the Resident Evil movie franchise. Now, the game franchise, has, in my opinion, an excellent storyline, and all great games in their own right.. but the movie franchise.. is there anything that even resembles the games besides zombies? I gave up watching the series after the first one, but the game franchise is my most loved of all game franchises.

    As for J.R.R. Tolkien.. not interested in anything you do. Whether it be books, movies, board games, inflatable dolls, bong-shaped Hobbits.. whatever. To me, Lord Of The Rings, is as annoying and pointless as the Twilight series.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 5:24 PM
    AlexKiddIsMyHero
  • bricewgilbert

    Your argument really felt all over the place this time Adam. I agree that we shouldn't get so worked up over game movies being any good, but to dismiss films based on books so easily? You are dismissing some of the best films of all time. No Country For Old Men, Glengarry Glen Ross, Zodiac, Doubt, Out of Sight, Let Me In, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Children of Men, The Social Network, Schindler's List, Up in the Air, The Thin Red Line, 2001 A Space Odyssey to name a tiny amount (and holy crap do I mean tiny). I'm sorry, but I can't accept that Beauty and the Beast is a part of the problem. You might not like every one of the films I listed. I chose an eclectic bunch on purpose. Perhaps there is a golden ratio for how close one should stick to the original source material. I doubt that though when you can have something as close as No Country turn out to be amazing and something as different as Beauty and the Beast be just as amazing. You are also dismissing Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars as those were based on the same serials Uncharted was.

    All this being said Wahlberg was great in The Fighter and David O Russell has made some fantastic films. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Weather it's an exact copy, another tale in the fiction, or a straight up new universe.

    Posted: January 18, 2011 5:23 PM
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