Geetha’s back with her take on MINIONS, BOULEVARD, and SELF/LESS in theaters this weekend! Check out her reviews for what to watch and enjoy your summer at the movies…
I pity the parents who’ll be taking their kids to MINIONS this weekend, because to an adult this will comprise ninety minutes of watching yellow pills running amuck on a gigantic screen. Thank Hollywood for that—it loves too much of a good thing, and this is a prime example. DESPICABLE ME 1 & 2 did so well, the little guys got their own show.
At a glance, MINIONS seems to have a sweet little story going about Kevin, Bob and Stuart (voiced by Pierre Coffin, also directing) serving an evil boss, but then we find nice-girl-next-door Sandra Bullock voicing the villainess. Seriously? The lack of focus and a definite narrative are also problematic. Anyhow, the spin-off begins with a little backstory about how the little yellow beings got to be who they are.
Eventually, they wind up at the service of Scarlet Overkill (Bullock), and attempt to assist her hatch her evil plot involving Queen Elizabeth (Jennifer Saunders). Your six-year-old will be absolutely entranced by the constant shrieking action, and will enjoy following the yellow pills around the screen as the story rushes on at its insane pace. For the adults, there are some flashy music videos (Steve Winwood, The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, and other sixties’ hits). Michael Keaton and Allison Janney voice the parents in a family of entertaining psychos that the trio meet along the way, and Jon Hamm voices Overkill’s sleazy hubby. View the trailer here:
Here’s a morbid question: did his role in BOULEVARD have anything to do with Robin Williams’ suicide?
Because, a few weeks after it wrapped, he passed. The flick portrays a gay man locked in a dead marriage, confronting his sexual orientation late in his life. Nolan (Williams) and Joy (Kathy Baker) seem to love each other, but their marriage is lifeless. However, they both ignore the problem and go on about their dull lives, day after day. One evening, the banker gives young hustler Leo (Roberto Aguire) a ride, and they strike up a non-sexual relationship in which the ungrateful, sulky Leo accepts generous gifts bestowed upon him by his rich customer. As the affair progresses, things fall further apart in Nolan’s domestic life. The acting is excellent, but the flick suffers by playing it too safe. The material is obviously explosive, and it seems director Dito Montiel chose to dance around portraying that sort of lechery by making Nolan almost asexual. View the trailer here:
If you were a dying billionaire, would you have your soul transferred into a younger body so that you could continue to live? SELF/LESS is a futuristic thriller about filthy rich, cancer-ridden a*hole (Ben Kingsley) who does exactly that with the help of evil corporation Biogenic’s Prof. Albright (Matthew Goode); and suddenly, he’s living in Ryan Reynolds’ hot body. He takes pills to maintain his fantastic new condition, but any time he forgets to take them, problems arise.
To complicate things, Biogenic begins to hunt him down when they find out that the host Edward (Reynolds) isn’t behaving as expected. This is an excellent set-up, and the beginning is perfect, but the flick quickly degrades into senseless car chases and cliched action sequences. Director Tarsem Singh should’ve stuck to the inherent philosophical questions, because that’s really the attractive part of stories such as this. Michelle Dockery plays Claire, Damian’s estranged daughter, who works for a non-profit; and Natalie Martinez is Madeline, Edward’s wife in his past life. See the trailer here:
See you at the movies!