World War Z

A megabudget sci-fi film without an ending.  A giant movie star floundering in an out of control production.  A director who has reportedly lost control of the project.  All told, it sounds as if the Brad Pitt-starring, Marc Forster-directed World War Z reportedly had all the makings of another bomb of Waterworld proportions.  And then Brad Pitt started screening the film, and apparently… it doesn’t suck.

As Cinema Blend notes, Paramount hosted a screening of the zombie apocalypse last Wednesday in New Jersey, hosted by Brad Pitt himself.  Pitt stated that “we gotta do a screening for the fans.  So, we decied there was no better place than Jersey.”

The site went on to compile a series of reviews from those at the screening, and somehow, the film apparently works rather well, despite a number of reshoots, rewrites, and director and star who didn’t speak to one another.  It’s a zombie apocalypse miracle!

Forbes:

“The countless millions of moviegoers who decide the box office fate of World War Z either don’t know about the film’s tumultuous production or don’t care. Oh, the reports of alleged disagreements between Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster may make juicy gossip, but not one single ticket-buyer who is otherwise interested in a large-scale zombie adventure starring Brad Pitt is going to refrain from buying a ticket because the star and the director might not have always get along.”

Huffington Post:

“I think it works, though I suspect some people who see the movie cold will wonder why its scale contracted instead of expanding. … I’m curious to know what a paying audience will think. But for now, at least, the dark rumors that World War Z would be dead-on-arrival appear to have been greatly exaggerated.”

ScreenCrush:

“If you’ve heard any of the production problems the film has had, don’t believe the hype: World War Z isn’t a disaster. But as a disaster movie, it’s actually pretty good.”

So there you have it—apparently a modern big-budget film can have an out-of-control, runaway production, and somehow not be terrible.

What do you think of the World War Z news?

Source: Cinema Blend