5 Reasons Why The Circle Is Unlikely To Be A Hit

Posted: Apr 28 2017, 1:14pm CDT | by , in Latest Movie News


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5 Reasons Why The Circle is Unlikely to be a Hit

Here are the five reasons why The Circle is not likely to go into history as a hit

Fans could not hold their excitement when they saw that Emma Watson was going to be headlining in two major projects in 2017. With Beauty and the Beast behind her, Emma moved on to promote her movie The Circle which is based on the book by Dave Eggers of the same name, the movie is adapted for the big screen by James Ponsoldt.

The movie has been promoted since last year as one of this year’s big releases and it was showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival on 26th April where cast members Emma Watson and Tom Hanks walked the red carpet. However, the film’s showcase has not yielded the critique it might have been hoping for and just two days before it’s official release.

Not giving away any spoilers, critics have agreed that while the cast and crew might have done their best, the movie falls short of everyone’s expectation. Here are the five reasons which are already indicating that ‘The Circle’ will not be a hit.

Over-accomplished Cast
Emma Watson and Tom Hanks have enough star power to get a major audience to show up at the studio. While the Ponsoldt might have thought that hiring these two actors would have given the movie a lot of gutsy acting pump but it sabotaged itself in a way that no one expected. The actors ended up being too good for the roles. A critic noted that Emma Watson was too smart to play the role of Mae, who is a hopeful intern in The Circle family and she is windswept in the entire operation, trying to make sense of it all.

Tom Hanks, who is known for playing cooler, laid back characters presented some hope in playing a somewhat negative role in the movie but again, his own acting style did not fit well entirely with the whole ‘Steve Jobs’ aura going on. Even John Boyega, who has proven himself as an accomplished actor seemed like an extra in the movie. So, we can summarize that the entire cast seems too over-accomplished for the movie.

Lackluster Delivery
While we can discuss why the actors seem over accomplished for the movie, the movie itself does not provide enough room for these stars to shine. With quality writing and plot engineering, The Circle might have been the movie to make it to the next level with these actors but Ponsoldt and Eggers just did not add enough to the screenplay or the whole format of the movie to make it shine on the big screen. It ended up being a somewhat boring presentation of an already established idea.

Lacks Dimension
An all-seeing eye or Big Brother are keeping an eye on all of us and gathering databases of information on our lives. The idea has already been sold in 1984 with the movie 1984. 33 years later, the movie required some extra insight or something more to make the plot more sinister and scary but it seemed like any other paranoia feeding plot that did not go the extra mile. Even anything stupid or unbelievable might have made The Circle a better experience but it stays on that one dimension of being in that moral dilemma of being watched and recorded all the time. They have already been beaten in all their plot points with Black Mirror if you think about it and in much more effective and scarier ways.

Stereotypes Hype
While the movie might lack dimension and story-telling, it still feeds very much on the whole conspiracy and paranoia theories that have been rearing their heads among the world population. It feeds right into the violation of privacy, the all-seeing eye, the moral dilemma presented by the scrutiny like every other ‘tech companies watching us all the time’ movie made in history. The movie feeds the paranoid even more but fails to make any real impact on the audience.

Failed Second Act
In movies, many of the audience stick around for the second half in hopes that it would get better. The Circle just did not get better in anyway. If the movie had been released in 2013 or 2014, it might have done considerably better than what it will do now. The second act of the movie where the movie might have met its redemption and salvaged what was lacking, it just didn’t fall through. The whole climax of the movie will seem familiar to the audience in lieu of the latest shows and movies that have already ‘used that reveal’.

If you love Emma Watson or Tom Hanks and would watch anything that they are in, then The Circle might be worth watching but overall the movie lacks in its own genre by much more accomplished and driven shows and movies.

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