Well ladies and gents… you’re in luck! This weekend features two of the most extravagant flicks made… well, at least one is extravagant—the other is just plain good. So you’ll win either way. Let’s take a more detailed look at these two lovely options so you can make this complicated decision with confidence and ease. I mean, we’re talking a hundred minutes or more of your very crowded life, so let’s focus, people!
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
If ever a movie was made to justify mind-blowing CGI, this would be it. I’m sure you remember THE FIFTH ELEMENT, the flick that brought Bruce Willis, Chris Tucker, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, Tricky, and Tommy Lister in an off-the-hook nutty and visually fun sci fi adventure, and launched Milla Jovovich’s career? Of course you do, you darling movie aficionados you! Well, Mr. Luc Besson is back with this his latest ($185-million-dollar) creation, and… well, I’m not completely sure about the form. VALERIAN’s narrative is annoyingly unfocused, but in my opinion, the visual nirvana is totally worth the frustration.
The story is based on a comic set in the 28th century, and features two special ops members named Valerian and Laureline. Commander Arun has been kidnapped by aliens and these two are his only hope. Of course they ‘have feelings’ for each other. And what self-respecting sci-fi outfit would be complete without a ‘dark force’ threatening the existence of the universe? The dialog is leaden, to boot, but really, who cares about that—or the lame acting from Dane DeHaan and Cara DeLa Vigne? Not you, certainly not with CGI—or originality—like this… it’ll beat your wildest hallucination, especially in 3D. I must mention Rihanna, however, whose cameo as a stripper named Bubbles is memorable. Here’s the trailer:
Go see this. You don’t have to be a war movie fan either. Seriously—it’s that good. Director Christopher Nolan is at the top of his game in this one. First off, he’s managed to shoe-horn a war epic into 106 minutes. That’s a feat right there. Epics need time to unfold, and successfully squeezing one into this short a running time is nothing short of brilliant. To say it’s efficient is an understatement. And then, I promise you, you’ll be on the edge of your seat as you watch Allied soldiers being rescued off the beaches of Dunkirk from under the noses of the Germans, with any and every possible vessel that could be scrounged up. The acting is top notch, as is the cinematography and the script. Hans Zimmer’s score won’t disappoint either. If this movie does not win at least one Oscar I’ll be very surprised. Most significant among the cast are Tom Hardy (Allied fighter pilot), Kenneth Branagh (Allied commander), Mark Rylance (a civilian), Harry Styles, and Fionn Whitehead (two among many British soldiers trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk). Here’s the trailer:
And now for the best one 🙂 How about some female bonding? Or the strength and joys of sisterhood. GIRLS TRIP is about four college friends who reunite after they’ve gone their separate ways. Ryan (Regina Hall) is a self-help guru who has a moment of self-doubt right when she’s this close to the big time. When she’s invited to guest lecture in New Orleans, she invites her closest college friends out for a weekend there. There’s Sasha (Queen Latifah), the failed journalist; Lisa (Jada Pinkett-Smith), a single mom; and Dina (Tiffany Haddish), the crazy office worker (or something). Don’t expect any deep insights into life or any of that—this is really just a feelgood comedy centered around sisterhood. Perfect for the weekend, I’d say!
Right-o! That’s it for me. I believe your choice is clear? I hope. Let me know how it goes, and here’s hoping it’s good times for all at the movies this weekend!