CinemaBlend’s Doug Norrie Dumps on Charles Schulz, Even Though He Says He Isn’t
The late Charles Schulz, who drew Peanuts for 50 years before his death in 2000, is known for creating the world’s most beloved comic strip – and a worldwide franchise. Doug Norrie, a columnist for a website called CinemaBlend, only has a reputation for being an obnoxious jerk who makes absurd predictions for scores on Warner Bros.’ popular Rotten Tomatoes website, and pics on the dead.
Norrie predicted the score would be a 45% on the popular film aggregator site, and went on to say the film’s ideas, like the ideas in the comic strip, don’t work in the 21st Century. That’s an insult to not only Schulz, but his surviving family members. Even if the film were to get a 45% score, the audiences would probably disagree, especially those who grew up with Charlie Brown. Schulz died in 2000 at the age of 77 after a battle with colon cancer. The Peanuts Movie will be in theaters this Friday. Here is a full account on Norrie’s smears.
The Peanuts have a cultural-relevancy advantage over some other vestiges of the past because their holiday specials still come around a couple of times a year. They aren’t good, per se (a comment that will strike some the wrong way for sure), but I suppose they are cute enough. The problem with the Peanuts as a whole is they aren’t a particularly engaging group, a concept that worked years ago when there was little competition in the cartoon department. The trials and tribulations in Charlie Brown’s good grief philosophy was somewhat dark and Snoopy’s imagination worked here and there. The characters had their relationships, but in general it’s a pretty slow burn. This new movie touts itself as bringing the classic characters back in 3D, but beyond that, I’m not holding out any great hope the movie is engaging or entertaining, even for a younger crowd.
It sounds like I’m dumping on Charles Schultz here. I’m not. Again, there was a time when the Peanuts worked. I think those times have passed. This new movie, revolving around Charlie Brown’s never ending struggle to not f#$% things up all the time, looks like someone sat in a room, brainstormed every possible Peanuts angle and character and threw it all up on the screen. Mission accomplished. I can’t imagine critics reacting kindly.