Unless you've had your head in the sand as of late, you have surely noticed that the ads on Spill have been dominated by MacGruber promos. Apparently, someone thinks this movie is going to sell. The question I have is simple: how many of you actually care about MacGruber?
MacGyver was quite the success in its heyday. I'm a few years too young to have watched it when it ran originally, and I've only seen an episode or two in the time since, but I'm still quite familiar with the premise and the more important details. If nothing else, the term to "MacGyver" something persists to this day. It's only natural that spoofs and parodies would come about. Subsequently, it doesn't take much to realise that SNL would definitely be amongst those poking fun at Richard Dean Anderson's most famous role. Thus, the MacGruber skits were born.
I may catch flak for this, but I'm even less familiar with these SNL skits than the original show itself. I haven't done any real research into them, and honestly, I'm a little scared to. What little I've seen of the movie trailers and ads is not instilling confidence in me. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with a little crass or risqué humor, but the ads for MacGruber flaunt its (literal) toilet humor like a badge of honor.
Perhaps I'm wrong and it actually turns out to be a decently, if not well crafted comedy; they could surprise me yet. That still, however, leaves the question of whether anyone actually wanted this movie. MacGyver has been off the air for 10, nearly 15 years. I'm not sure how long or how often the MacGruber skits have been playing on SNL, but I still have to question their relevance at this point. I mean, did I miss something? Has MacGyver had a recent, sudden resurgence in popularity? Was there a massive cry for not only a movie, but a movie based on five to eight minute skits parodying MacGyver? In a time where every other movie coming out is a remake, re-imagining, or adaptation of prior works, I find it baffling that this would be made before a MacGyver movie (not that I see any need for that, either).
In any case, let me know what you think. Am I alone in thinking this? Are you guys really looking forward to MacGruber? Please tell me if you are, because the alternative is that Hollywood might actually be out of new ideas.