I know it may seem as though I’m the last to hop on the Snakes on a Plane bandwagon, but Not So! For back in May, I posted my prognostications of projects that would be in the pipeline as soon as SoaP made a decent showing.
Alas, all of the Internet buzz seems not to have helped buoy ticket sales for this Fine Cinematic Epic. It will make money, but it will not be the humongous Blockbuster Phenomenon that the studio was hoping for. And that’s too bad, because the reviews have been - albeit with their fair share of snark - fairly positive. Who’dathunkit?
As an example, Pete Vonder Haar, who writes reviews for Film Threat when he’s not being the Resident Genius at A Perfectly Cromulent Blog, recently weighed in as follows:
There are two things you need to know about “Snakes on a Plane” that I’m going to share with you now:Go read the whole thing. Any review that incorporates the words “metric assload of snakes” has got my attention...and admiration.
1. It has the potential to supplant “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as the greatest audience participation movie of all time.
2. It is, simultaneously, one of the worst and best movies I’ve ever seen.
And for a review of an entirely different sort, go here. By Gadfrey! It’s Serpentes on a Shippe!
There’s a silver lining, of course. We will likely be spared at least one of the otherwise inevitable sequels: Reptiles in a Range-Rover.
[Tip o’ th’ Elisson fedora to Agent Bedhead, who provided the link to Geoffrey Chaucer Has A Blog. Dayum, the things you find on the Inter-Web!]