Geetha’s here with another rundown of your movies for this weekend! What should you go see: the new Vacation movie remake, the new Mission Impossible installment in the franchise, or the thoughtful movie about author David Foster Wallace The End of the Tour? Find out below and follow Geetha on Twitter here!
Should you go see VACATION? Let’s see. Did you like HORRIBLE BOSSES 1 & 2? How about the HANGOVER films? If you loved those, then you’ll love this reboot of VACATION. For those of you on the fence, here’s some pertinent information: it’s a Griswold vacation, redone for 2015. After deciding to ‘shake things up’ for the annual vacation, Rusty Griswold (Clark’s son) takes his family to Wally World instead of the same old cabin in the country. Ed Helms is Rusty; Christina Applegate is mom Debbie; Steele Stebbins is the malevolent kid brother Kevin tormenting his sibling James (Skylar Grisondo); and Chris Hemsworth is Rusty’s brother-in-law with the Southern accent and the enormous organ. Ed has honed his character down to a tee, and Applegate is in great form as the beleaguered mom. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are, unfortunately, insipid as Clark and Ellen. The dynamic between the two kids is by far the best part of the movie. As far as the other jokes the writers thought were awesome—here’s a sample of the subject material: death by blunt force trauma on a highway; a young kid using a used hypodermic to throw at his brother for fun; drowning deaths; bear-attack deaths; a young boy discovering his ‘virility’ by smacking a snooty young girl… all peppered generously with gross-out gags. I suppose it’s all a matter of perspective. I mean, if you can’t laugh at someone getting crushed to death on the highway, then…how can you survive life, right?
Check out the trailer here:
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION should prove to you beyond any doubt that there is absolutely nothing Tom Cruise cannot do. Seriously. Who else do you know does all their own stunts? In this sequel, Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) agency has somehow acquired a bad rap, and CIA chief Hunley (a grumpy Alec Baldwin) is set on disbanding it, despite the objections of super-amazing agent Wm. Brandt (Jeremy Renner). That’s when the Syndicate (embodied by Sean Harris) makes its appearance via all kinds of mischief all over the world, and now Hunt must do all sorts of amazing things—such as holding his breath forever while underwater, survive high speed chases, and everything else in-between—with the assistance (or meddling? TBD) of super-hot fellow spy Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson), to save the day. All this sounds like standard hollow blockbuster fare, but somehow, here, it has a heart. The chemistry between the players (especially Tom and Rebecca) is impressive. Through Ethan, you can almost feel the weary emptiness that comes with a life of dedication to one’s career. The action sequences are stunningly good, but what’s even better is the climax. The fact that director Christopher McQuarrie did not go for a fake blockbuster-style ending is, in this day and age, utterly astonishing. View the trailer here:
THE END OF THE TOUR
THE END OF THE TOUR is based on Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky’s (Jesse Eisenberg) memoir of his five day-interview with David Foster Wallace (Jason Segal), which was conducted at the end of Wallace’s publicity tour. At the time, Wallace was a famous writer, while Lipsky, a failed one. It’s a philosophical—and surprisingly entertaining—conversation, one that shows Wallace’s disinterest in fame (while still obsessing over the public’s opinion of him), and Lipsky’s craving for the same. You’ll also see glimpses of Wallace’s inner turmoil (suicide in 2008). All in all, it’s a powerful character study of both men… that some may wish to reserve for Netflix. But only because there’s no action. Here’s the trailer:
See y’all at the movies!