Wasn’t I just talking about groundhog day? And lo and behold, the universe has served up an entire film about it. If that isn’t mind over matter, I don’t know what is… okay, I’ll stop running my mouth. But I’m bored! And I can’t believe I yapped about the groundhog being wrong just last week. It’s definitely, definitely still winter. And where else can I act out, other than with people I totally love and adore? Especially because I know you’re so cool you’ll forgive my idiocy.
BEFORE I FALL
But seriously, there is a flick like GROUNDHOG DAY opening this weekend, geared towards teens. It’s nice. Well, kinda. It’s really GROUNDHOG DAY mashed up with MEAN GIRLS. A certain young lady (a very competent Zoey Deutch) and her mean friend (Halston Sage) like to torment a sad sack (Elena Kampouris). But she soon finds out that you’re only hurting yourself when you’re mean to others… that it’s not cool to be mean… and so on. You know, the usual stuff. It’s awfully predictable, but the message does hit where it hurts. Is it worth the theater ticket? I dunno. Check out the trailer:
How about something designed to piss off people who take their Bible seriously? Yes, anything to sell tickets. This one concerns the Holy Trinity, and how a man (Sam Worthington) comes to grips with a family tragedy that happened decades ago at a certain shack in the countryside. I won’t ruin it any further, because the director has already done a good job of that by refusing to stick to one genre. If you ask me, that’s the more important lesson: it’s impossible to please everyone. And then, why would you want to? That’s almost as bad as kissing up. Choose one thing and have faith that it’ll work. Like a ton. I should know, I’m still trying to learn it. Now check out Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington trying to save this melodramatic, preachy feature:
Talking of faith… here’s a character who’s all about that. And he really shines. Yes, LOGAN is the absolute winner this weekend. Be sure to see it—even those of you who detest superhero flicks. It stands on its own two feet so well it blows all the other installments out of the water. The title totally proclaims that fact—look at it: it’s just one word. Just a name. Like it’s standing there alone and proud, looking back at the rest of the series, like it doesn’t need the prop of the series name preceding it. And you know what? It doesn’t. The Wolverine Logan (a brilliant Hugh Jackman) lives in a hole, works as a chauffeur, hides a dangerous secret (Patrick Stewart) from the US government and tries to forget the world and its stupidity… until a mutant (Dafne Keen) shows up needing help escaping the usual sinister forces. What a great way for Jackman to leave the series!
Right then. Here’s hoping I’ll see you all at LOGAN! Tweet me, tell me how much you love/ hate me!