Geetha’s back with another great set of reviews: Marvel’s highly ANT-icipated Antman, along with comedy darling Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, and a new Sherlock Holmes movie with Ian McKellen – Mr. Holmes. This is a great weekend at the movies! Follow Geetha here on Twitter for all her updates. And read on for insights on where you have your date night or movie night out with the kids!
Try as I might, I just cannot find fault with Marvel. They’ve made their superheroes bigger than life when we wanted to be wowed, scary when we wanted to be frightened, gritty when we were getting jaded, and now—just in time for summer—they’re giving us hilarity when every other studio is still stuck in gritty mode. After laughing at Paul Rudd running around in that silly ant suit, I cannot even look at the solemn Batman vs Superman teasers anymore—they’re a bore. Lesson: laugh at yourself once in a while—it’ll make you that much more attractive.
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is everyman. He’s just gotten out of prison, and is eager to patch things up with his estranged daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). Instead, he’s roped into assisting reclusive billionaire genius Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who’s desperate to keep his tiny invention out of the clutches of evil corporate/ military interests (personified by Corey Stoll, of HOUSE OF CARDS fame). Rudd’s secret weapon is—of course—the suit, but Marvel gives him another ally to save the world with. Take a guess as to what it is. It’s just so stupidly funny—and that’s why you should take the family out to see ANTMAN. Trust me, you’ll all come out of that theater with a big smile. Check out the trailers:
Heading out without the kids? Awesome! Check out the R-rated, predictable but thoroughly enjoyable TRAINWRECK, starring Amy Schumer in the role of the rom-com dude—a shameless, commitment-phobic cheater who’ll have you falling over laughing. Having being scarred by an absentee dad, Amy (character has the same name) is now a sexually promiscuous, borderline alcoholic who cheerfully crushes all the traditional rom-com tropes. She works for men’s magazine S’Nuff and has a boss (Tilda Swinton) whose fave articles have titles like “Are You Gay, Or Is She Just Boring?” After being sent to interview a young sports doctor (a sweet, emotionally vulnerable Bill Hader), Amy finds herself in love. The splendid supporting cast includes LeBron James as Aaron’s sensitive friend (“do you hear his name when you listen to the wind?”), Vanessa Bayer (SNL) as Amy’s workfriend, and John Cena as one of Amy’s discards. View the trailer here:
IRRATIONAL MAN is Woody Allen’s latest attempt at… humor? Thriller? You decide. Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is a college professor longing for his Darfur and Katrina days while teaching some lame ethics class at the fabulous Braylin College. Despite his paunch and alcoholism, he’s inexplicably doted on by attractive women—in particular his student Jill (a platonic Emma Stone), and the professor he’s boning (Parker Posey). It’s in this ennui that he one day overhears a desperate woman whose kids are going to be taken away from her by a corrupt judge. Somehow Lucas decides that it’s up to him to change the equation in the woman’s favor, and his subsequent criminal act transforms him into a doer—literally, because he also begins doing Jill on the side. Yeah, I would reserve this one for streaming. Here’s the trailer:
Folks who love Sherlock Holmes will find MR. HOLMES a welcome relief from the usual tropes the detective is normally seen in. In this engaging and unusual portrait of Holmes (Ian McKellen), we find him as a cranky old beekeeper in 1940’s England. Watson is long gone. Mrs. Hudson has been replaced by Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney), and her young son Roger (Milo Parker) is Holmes’ eager assistant. Even as his memory and intellect begin to fail, Holmes attempts to solve a case from a long time ago about a certain woman’s (Hattie Morahan) erratic manner… but the flick is really about Holmes confronting his own mortality. It’s depressing fare, but the rich emotional landscape presented by the atypical view of this famous fictional detective may well be worth the trip to the theater. View the trailer here:
See you at the movies!