Monte Cristo With A Pickle On The Side

As far back as late-March 2021, I’ve knocked some big-name movies off my unseen list just so I can say that I saw them. And of course, with that being said, there was one (John Wick) that I kept hesitating about seeing, while there was another (10 Things I Hate About You) that kept getting lost in the shuffle. 

Still, there are a handful of big-name movies that I still haven’t seen, such as Thelma & Louise and each installment of The Expendables. But those could be topics for another day, as I’m instead going to blog about a different big-name movie that I still haven’t seen yet, which is The Count Of Monte Cristo.

Of course, I kept seeing trailers for the movie during my junior year of high school yet it never piqued my interest. But after finding out that it was one of Henry Cavill’s first movies, which made me decide that I should check out some more of his work, along with the fact that my horizons on movies have greatly expanded over the years, I decided to make it one of the two movies that I was going to add/re-add to foreseeable my watch list. And as to why I said re-add? 

Well, I decided that if The Visitor and a certain (no spoilers) aspect of it can get another shot in the Catch-22 Hundred Project, then another movie with that certain aspect should also be pardoned from the Movie-Ocrity/Dishonorable Mention page. And as to what that movie is, well it’s the Seth Rogen movie “An American Pickle”.

Alright, now that I’ve added (and/or re-added) both The Count Of Monte Cristo and An American Pickle to my foreseeable watch/re-watch list, it’s time to predict how each movie will do in their assessments/re-assessments. Let’s start with the former of the two via the next paragraph.

Alright, so given the success of movies (The Last Duel, Chevalier) that are set during pre-20th century France, in terms of making the Project, I expect a similar outcome for The Count Of Monte Cristo, despite the potential for an ongoing logjam. Now onto An American Pickle via the next paragraph.

Alright, so when it comes to An American Pickle, it needs to totally wow me in its re-assessment, as it came off to me as Seth Rogen sticking to his tired formula. However, my mind can be changed, as it can A] Work well in an evaluation line-up with Saving Flora, 5 To 7 and Pig, and B] It can be a good complimentary movie to either Money Train, Death Race or The Help. 

So yeah, The Count Of Monte Cristo is on much more solid ground than An American Pickle, but the assessments/re-assessments still have to be conducted first, in order for that determination to be made. And given that I won’t have a way to re-assess the latter of the two until later on this month, the outcome for that one remains completely unknown.

The selection process in rounding out 2,122 of the 2,200 total Catch-22 Hundred spots continues.