Okay...I've got a question for Pat and the rest of the Forum film buffs!
Can you think of films that had unbelievable POTENTIAL (star power, directors, producers, money, etc. etc.), but just "didn't quite hit the mark" or missed something that just didn't click? Sometimes it's a combination of a LOT of factors (E. Taylor's "Cleopatra" comes to mind), but sometimes you just can't put your finger on what was missing. In other words, despite something the SHOULD have worked...it just didn't? Just some that I recently rented:
1)"The Cotton Club": Probably two films they tried to put into one. Should have concentrated (maybe) on the lives of the entertainers OR the gangsters. (But I guessed they needed some "star power" in Richard Gere). Beautifully made, though.
2)"Blast From The Past"Couldn't put my finger on it, but the "fish out of water" angle for the lead character seemed to not be written very good. I've seen characters placed out of the context of their lives written MUCH better (Original "Crocodile Dundee", maybe?), and the "love" story sort of missed it(Silverstone miscast?).The potential was there, but something was missing..
3)"A Time To Kill" Now... I liked this (but I admit a love of Samuel Jackson...and Ashley Judd can have me as a Boy Toy ANY day!)...but I can't put my finger on it...it "missed" it for me...sort of "ebbed and flowed"...then sorta died. Hard one for me to put a finger on.
So...your thoughts? Hope you can think of some!