I'd like to tell Taylor Kitsch the same thing Robin Williams told Matt Damon at the end of "Good Will Hunting": It's not your fault.
Kitsch has been everywhere this year, but no one has really wanted to see him. At some point, some studio executives decided he was the next big star and they were going to have him carry some of their tent-pole releases on his considerably broad shoulders.
They were absolutely sold on this guy, and they were going to make us believers, too.
That can work - it has before.
Just a few short years after a kid named Brad Pitt impressed as a young thief in "Thelma & Louise," he had a trio of big movies with "Interview with the Vampire," "Seven," and "Legends of the Fall."
Unfortunately for Kitsch, I'm not sure he has the same talent Pitt does, and he hasn't been given nearly the same quality of projects. "John Carter" and "Battleship" were both mediocre movies, and he wasn't bad in them. But they were both such high-profile failures that he has a certain stink on him now. Next month he stars in Oliver Stone's "Savages," which looks like fun.
You can't blame the young actor for taking these roles - who wouldn't want to star in a $200 million movie? But two in a row so close together is tough, especially when no one but a select following watched the TV show you're best known for, "Friday Night Lights."
It's not your fault, Taylor. But... you may try grunting your lines a bit less.