Hey there, girls and boys! How were the fireworks? They were great in Baltimore. And, yes, everyone’s moaning about the hot weather, but really, try enjoy it while you can, because summer always speeds by. So raise those drinks high and party on… at the theater! And now let’s find out what you can watch while you do that 🙂
THE FIRST PURGE
Is Blumhouse pushing it with this installment of The Purge? Because that sense of horror just isn’t there in this one. The plot certainly is timely enough to Trump’s America—but is that its downfall as well? It feels so familiar, there’s not a whole lot there to keep one’s interest—not the acting, not the script, sorry, not much, not really.
For those of you new to the story, the Purge is a night of consequence-free crime, in which all citizens are free to murder with no legal backlash. In this prequel, we get to witness the very first such event, engineered by the shadowy Founding Fathers of America. Their tool Dr. Updale (Marisa Tomei) decides to conduct an experiment to control evil impulses in the population: she pays volunteers in an impoverished part of Staten Island handsomely to stay in their homes and kill or ‘purge’ as much as they want. Her hypothesis: poor people are full of suppressed rage, which may be sated by one night of state-sanctioned violence. Turns out she’s a crappy scientist, and the FFA has to step in to spice things up.
With such an explosive scenario, you’d think the movie would be full of intriguing situations, but no—it’s every bit as uninspired as the title itself. Starring Lex Scott Davis and Joivan Wade as sister and brother struggling to survive in said district, it’s a fun flick only if you’re into political actioneers. Then it’s jam-packed with all the fun you can handle – the KKK, Neo Nazis, the NRA, nice drug lords, cokeheads, a*hole politicians (with as much depth of character as a cardboard cut-out, but, hey, that’s what got greenlit). Here’s the trailer:
ANTMAN AND THE WASP
Light and fluffy! Just like a sweet summer’s day, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) prances about in his silly ant suit with his ant army as he tries to help save Hope’s (Evangeline Lilly) mom from the subatomic realm she vanished into decades prior. While there is a thief with certain powers (Hannah John-Kamen) responsible for reuniting the group, there’s no powerful bad guy sucking all the fun out of the movie as in the first ANTMAN. Which is a relief. In fact, the highlight of this flick is…*drumroll* the script! Yes, ladies and gents, the script is what shines here, with its fabulous wit and verve. Nicely done, Marvel. None of that heavy stodgy drama so common in the Avengers flicks, no! Just lots of fun situations that hinge on scale. Check out the trailer:
Those are the two hits this week. Seems to me your choice is clear. If not, it’s summer outside! Head on out, make some noise and tell me what you did! I want to know just how well you scorched the earth. And let’s meet again next time, right here in cyberspace where’s it’s always a partay 🙂