Yaayyyy Friday!!! Alright! How is everyone doing? I’m great, seeing as how it’s warm outside. Even the rain doesn’t bother me today. At least it’s not icy, right? And it’s the weekend. So I can’t complain. Or rather, I won’t. Hey I’m trying to be nice these days 🙂 Anyhow, let’s see what’s fabulous at the theater this weekend…
Star-Lord! Yes, he’s back (not necessarily better than ever), in a dinosaur flick! Actually it’s just Chris Pratt serving out another term in his Jurassic World contract. And he’s accompanied by Ron Howard’s daughter Bryce—who plays the non-profit lady Claire, intent on saving the dinosaurs from the volcanos on that one island from last time. Sadly, Chris does not get to showcase his wonderful comedic charm. I’d even say his talent is totally wasted in this insipid action role as Claire’s estranged boyfriend Owen. Owen’s cute critter friend Blue is back too, as is Jeff Goldblum—as Professor Malcolm, warning Congress about ‘life finding a way.’
What’s new? Claire has traded in her high heels for sensible shoes. There’s also a weapons dealer Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) anxious to buy dinosaurs and secretly train them to do some fun things. James Cromwell stars as the billionaire trying to carry on John Hammond’s ‘good work.’ But that’s about it. I could go on about the drama, like the LGBT reveal that was edited out, and so on, but I won’t. I’m here to tell you about things that really matter, which in this case is: is this flick worth your money? Let me put it this way: the real star of the show is the CGI team. So if you’re itching to sit in a dark hall and watch some huge lizards running around amok, you’ll be utterly and completely satisfied. Go for anything else and you’ll be annoyed.
THE CATCHER WAS A SPY
You could try watching Paul Rudd in a baseball/ spy thriller about 1940’s baseball star Morris ‘Moe’ Berg who worked for CIA’s precursor, but come on. The Antman in a spy flick? Paul is a fine actor. But this role requires portrayal of a latent evil within the main character, and Paul seems the complete opposite. Paul Giamatti, Jeff Daniels and Guy Pearce do comprise a great supporting cast, but without that dark heart, there’s nothing to keep your interest. The fact that the script doesn’t give Rudd much of a chance to show more depth of character does not help. It’s certainly a great chance for Paul to expand his acting range, but I’m not sure his effort here is worth the theater ticket and hassle.
Another quirky roadtrip flick, in which Laura’s (Vera Farmiga) dad Jack (Christopher Plummer) gets kicked out of his assisted living facility for selling pot. He agrees to pay for her son’s education if she helps him move out of the facility. What she doesn’t know is that he has some interesting side gigs depending on her involvment. It’s well-acted and hilarious—not a bad flick, all in all. But, strangely, all I can think of is Little Miss Sunshine 🙂
And that’s it for this weekend! Let me know what you think, and let’s see each other at the movies!