Saturday, May 18, 2024

Disney Faces Massive Multimillion Write off on All Star “Amsterdam”


This is a weekend Disney was not looking forward to. Last night the all star period piece “Amsterdam” made only $550,000 in previews.the David O.Russell directed feature cost at least $80 million.

Predictions now are for 6 to 8 million for the whole weekend. That’s basically a write off despite big stars like Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Rami Malek and John David Washington and cinematography by Oscar winner Emmanuel Luzbeki.

But reviews are terrible. No one can really figure this film out. For Russell, it’s a rare failure. He’s had many hits and films that have brought Oscars to his actors. But this time instead of adapting existing material he created the story. It’s unwieldy and unfocused, leaving the audience with more questions than answers.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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