Howdy! And Happy Mother’s Day!! The one time of year we honor our mothers…. monsters? Just kidding! Just kidding, ladies and gents. Our mothers brought us into this world. There’s no greater gift one person can give another. So yes, we must honor our mothers, no matter what. And in fact there’s something perfect for you to watch with Mom… well, almost perfect. Let’s take a look at it and some other stuff waiting for you this weekend at the theater!
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
I know I did dish about British hotties Jude Law and Charlie Hunnam last week. The good news is, the flick is still worth a view at the theater. But it kinda depends on what you’re hoping to find, since it’s a Guy Ritchie feature.
As an origin story, it’s wonderful. It shows the young man Arthur is before Excalibur, and how likeable he is despite the dodgy lifestyle and deeds. But there’s King Vortigern (Jude Law), a lovely fella who thinks nothing of murdering relatives to get what he wants, and who, unfortunately for Arthur, is obsessed with the legend of Excalibur: apparently there’s a sword stuck in a rock, and whoever pulls it out will rule England (too bad we’re too jaded for prophecies this side of the pond. Whoever controls The Orange One’s Tweets…? 🙂 ). And one day, the king’s guards pick up Arthur and force him to try and pull the sword.
The problem is, the sword shows up hand in hand with CGI, and things subsequently get stupid. Don’t get me wrong, it’s gor-geee-ous CGI, lots of fantastic slo-mo and sword fights that will have your mouth just hanging open, but um… yeah… sorry, still fake. Transitions between the CGI and regular scenes are abrupt and disorienting at times. Ritchie also seems to have missed the chance to delve deeper into the characters. Still, those are two extremely fine actors and I’m not just talking looks. Don’t forget, Hunnam passed on FIFTY SHADES. If that’s not intelligence and foresight, I don’t know what is. Plus, there’s also Djimon Hounsou as the knight leading the rebellion, and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as the mage: both are absolutely splendid… you know what? Go for it. Those visuals will impress just about anyone.
More lowridin’ woulda been nice. For that matter, more emotion—or anything—woulda been nice. Shot in East L.A., this is a drama about recovering alcoholic mechanic Miguel (Demian Birchir) who struggles to get along with his (artist) son Danny (Gabriel Chavarria), and keep him from going down the path his other (criminal) son Francisco (Theo Rossi) has chosen. Eva Longoria is wasted in the role of the long-suffering girlfriend, as is Melissa Benoist in the role of Danny’s girl. There is one payoff—the cars are fabulous. You’ll get to ogle at a lot of stunning paint jobs. But yeah—it woulda been nice if they’d raced them, or tried to kill each other with them, or if Longoria had screamed, had a s***-fit, smashed dishes, or—like, anything. Anything at all. I woulda taken anything.
It’s too bad Goldie Hawn’s return to film was botched like this, because Kurt Russell’s went fabulously (GUARDIANS 2). She plays Linda, the mother of troubled daughter Emily (Amy Schumer). After Emily loses her job and gets dumped, the two try to reconnect over a vacation to Ecuador. The first half-hour or so of the movie is just brilliant—the two actresses have amazing chemistry together and play off each other perfectly. Then their characters get kidnapped, and that’s probably when you’ll start to lose interest. Still, it’s a great supporting cast (Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Tom Bateman, Oscar Jaenada, Randall Park), and like I said, Amy and Goldie are hilarious together—so good, in fact, that they may actually be worth the price of that theater ticket. Check it out:
Okay! That’s it for me. Happy Mom’s Day from all of us at Reelmama! Let me know how it goes!