Against all odds, Sony Pictures has moved up the release date for Monster Hunter from December 30 to Christmas day. In a year that has been wrought with films getting delayed by months, if not an entire year, Paul W. S. Anderson’s latest adaptation is one of the few to somehow avoid tremendous setbacks. I don’t know if that’s a good sign or not, but it means fans of Capcom’s best-selling game series won’t need to wait until 2021 for this live-action version.
What’s interesting is that this Christmas Day release puts Monster Hunter up against Wonder Woman 1984. I wouldn’t advise anyone to venture out to a theater to see either movie, but I have to question Sony’s logic. Did some executive really think that Monster Hunter was going to pull people away from Wonder Woman? The only hype I’ve seen for this particular film is from fans of the games, and they’ve been constantly bitching about inaccuracies.
For the most part, I don’t think Monster Hunter looks all that bad. It will likely have hokey acting, a seriously cheesy plot, and probably not focus on any interesting elements from the games, but there is some care here. The latest trailers from China and Japan show a film that seems to actually cherish the source material instead of simply borrowing it for a quick buck.