Inconsistency, good, eh, why?, awesome, just some of the words that describe the dear Roland Emmerich. Safe to say, all these words are pretty accurate. Obviously I’ll let everything below speak for itself, but I just want the world to know I’m a writer of consistency. I’m really good, trust me.
Hit: The Patriot (2000)
So, I already have a post for this film, right here. Or here. One of my favorite films growing up, Emmerich got it right. Mel Gibson pre-breakdown was amazing. Take a moment with me to think about it………….. Ahhhh, refreshing. This film’s filmography is stunning, the acting came to please, and the direction had a clear impact to the film’s success. Hit for sure, and I will always stand by it.
Miss: Godzilla (1998)
I feel a bit cheap adding this to the list. It was already used in a prior Hit or Miss article, but this film’s caused me so much harmful dismay I will afford the atrocity. This may very well be Emmerich’s worst film, yet pieces of my criticism strongly believe the winner of that category is another of his on this list.
I’m a strong promoter of the director’s creative vision when it comes to adaptations. Still, a respectful loyalty to the source must be maintained regardless of its strength. Clearly I believe the connection was broken. Broken, pissed on, then kicked into a ditch… then pissed on again. Emmerich made a hefty paycheck though.
Hit: Independence Day (1996)
My second favorite Emmerich film. Independence Day takes a somewhat undeserving backseat to The Patriot – although I imagine ID is quite the aggressive backseat driver. Although people of that nature usually annoy me to the bitter end, I take satisfaction with ID‘s style.
Once a year I give this film the patriotic viewing it deserves. The Smith/Goldblum one-two punch brings all worthy fantasies alive. Them, aliens, and fantastic speeches is the name of the game. There really is no need to go over plot or character development, it’s ID… come on. However, this seems like a perfect forum to express my girlish joy for the sequel.
Apparently there are two scripts for the next ID installment. One for if Will Smith signs on and the other for if he doesn’t. Kind of puts Smith’s superstar status in perspective. Obviously we all want Mr. Smith in the sequel, but regardless, Emmerich will have my money.
Miss: 10,000 B.C. (2008)
It is tough to say whether or not this or Godzilla is Emmerich’s worst film. We’ll start with a confession. I payed to go see this in theaters… twice. I was around 15 and gave in to peer pressure quite a lot back then. I think Camilla Belle had something to do with it.
10,000 B.C. neglected so many aspects of quality filmmaking, I just, I… *huuuuuuh*
Miss: 2012 (2009)
I guess this film’s a little different than The Day After Tomorrow. This time instead of outrunning the cold, we find ourselves watching John Cusack continuously evading falling things. So you know, different. To its credit, the film did have some entertaining moments. The visual effects were striking at times and everyone’s ability to instantly get over a death was rather inspiring.
Hit: Stargate (1994)
This was definitely the first Emmerich film I ever saw, but also well before knowing who he even was. Stargate might be the first “scary” film of my recollection. That or Hollow Man. I remember Kurt Russell being a total badass and James Spader rocking it like he always does.
Another viewing of this film might have been rather appropriate for this post to be honest, but you know, going by memory works, and I needed another hit so…