Hey there girls and boys! How goes it in CyberLand? Summer’s rushed on by, and fall, and Halloween, and it’s almost 2018. Are we enjoying life yet? How about relaxing with a fresh crop of movies while you sort things out? Let’s see if anything worth your time at the theater this weekend!
Overstuffed! That’s the word on Warner’s latest superhero flick. Unused would be another good word. Also, rushed and cramped come to mind, right beside confused and collage. Superman (Henry Cavill) is dead, and Batman (a boring, grim Ben Affleck) rounds up all the superheroes he can find to fight the latest threat, Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciaran Hinds). There’s nice chemistry between our heroes, some nice action, and eye candy for all. And… some problems too.
WonderWoman (Gal Gadot) is brilliant—in the beginning. Then she gets relegated to the traditional female role of… flirting (here with Batman) and in general getting sidelined by the male characters. That’s right, a female superhero with amazing powers gets to do absolutely nothing other than looking cute and flirting with a boring man in a rubber suit. Gotta love Warners! Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (hottie Jason Momoa) are welcome additions. If only we’d had the chance to get to know them better. And could the villain have been any more generic? Which reminds me—no more discount CGI. But the most important question, however, is how something chock-full not just with plotlines but with stars (Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, Jeremy Irons, Jason Momoa, JK Simmons, and Ben Affleck, to name the foremost) can leave you cold. Apparently even $300M is not enough to survive a change of directors and the resultant trail of destruction and reconstruction. The verdict? Gorgeous, but an ultimately forgettable adventure flick. Point: Marvel! Here’s the Justice League trailer:
How about looking at the Nativity from a totally different perspective—like that of the animals in the manger? THE STAR is an animated flick from Sony and the Jim Henson Studio, featuring the animals who apparently were involved with the historic event, particularly in ensuring the safety of Mary.
The story is about Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun) the donkey. His greatest ambition is to escape his life of drudgery in a grain mill and join the king’s caravan. Along comes the new star in the heavens, at which the lunatic Herod (Christopher Plummer) puts out his evil edict, forcing Mary (Gina Rodriguez) and Joseph to flee. Bo indirectly fulfils his life-long dream as he carries the pregnant Mary into Bethlehem. Stalking them are Herod’s soldier and his mean dogs (voiced by Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias), and Bo and his critter pals (voices of Aidy Bryant and Keegan-Michael Key) must do whatever they can to thwart the evil trio. It’s an entertaining take on the Nativity, one we have not seen since 1977’s ‘Nestor.’ The take-home lesson is sweet—teamwork, faith and honesty trumps all. Check out the trailer:
It’s wonderful that WONDER never falls into emotionally manipulative territory—it could’ve easily. Everyone, no matter their station or appearance, has trouble fitting into society—that’s just how it is in this wonderful world of humans. Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), a young boy with a slightly deformed face owing to the twenty-seven corrective surgeries he’s undergone, is trying to fit into a world peopled by peers who constantly stare and comment at him. The helmet is one way he copes with it. He’s to find out that embracing who he really is perhaps the best way. Also starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Izabela Vidovic. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s it for me, folks! See you all at the movies!