The R.I.P.D. trailer was released last night, and almost immediately cries of highly offended movie fans accusing it of ripping off Men In Black deafened the Internet.
But I like Men In Black. If you're going to rip something off, might as well ripoff a science fiction comedy that was actually funny and at least marginally interesting from a science fiction perspective. (I know nothing of your Men In Black sequels.)
This clearly isn't going to be the greatest movie ever made, but I feel it could aspire to small appreciation status, where it doesn't set the world on fire, yet people always have it on deck to bring up as a good movie so and so was in that you might have forgotten, a pantheon occupied by such films as Mystery Men, Judgement Night, and I dunno, Daybreakers, maybe?
R.I.P.D. doesn't look quite as clever as it probably sees itself, however. The multitude of "Jeff Bridges looks like a hot lady" gags have already tired me out, for instance. On the other hand, I could still go for a couple more rounds of "Ryan Reynolds looks like James Hong."
Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, he appears to be playing a slightly toned down version of Ryan Reynolds, which could be harmless enough. Jeff Bridges seems to be putting little effort into distinguishing this character from his Rooster Cogburn, a decision I'm kind of surprised by.
R.I.P.D. also has Keven Bacon in it. I didn't see him in the trailer, so don't lose hope yet. He could totally steal the show. I'm also partial to Mary-Louise Parker as Rip Torn.
So it's really a toss-up at this point whether or not this film will be fun or embarrassing. I'm choosing to err on the side of kindness because this is a dark enough world as is, and I like the idea of cops who spend a whole film taking lethal abuse like Looney Tunes characters. We'll find out when R.I.P.D. finally comes out July 19.