Hey hey hey! How was Black Panther? Wasn’t it too everything I said it would be? Hollywood finally got something right 🙂 Next up of course is Oscars drama. That should be fun. But in the meanwhile, read on for what’s new in theaters this weekend—not bad, all in all:
OMG! I’m actually excited this time. Or, should I say, more excited than usual? Movies in general are so fun! At least I think so 🙂 But more than that, Bruce Willis is back! And I’m willing to say he’s even better than Charles Bronson in the original Death Wish. Don’t agree? Go see it. It’s totally worth the money. Be warned there’s a lot of gore. Apparently we as a species love to see heads roll. Interesting piece of trivia—the end of the original shows Bronson’s character leaving New York for Chicago. I thought that a very cool tie-in.
In the 2018 version, Bruce Willis plays Paul Kersey, an ER surgeon in one of Chicago’s hospitals. He’s a pretty mild mannered guy—until the day his wife and daughter (Elizabeth Shue, Camilla Morrone) are attacked in a home invasion. Suddenly there’s a vigilante in town killing criminals, and people don’t know whether to be grateful or scared after they see footage of his gory work. It reminds me of Jack the Ripper (hey anyone remember Jack D. Ripper from Dr. Strangelove? Kubrick is so awesome), since there’s a surgeon involved… but that’s just me making strange connections… you’ll forgive me, of course 🙂 The real-life murderer’s intentions were quite different. Also, some say Eli Roth is just totally pandering to the alt-right with this flick. I won’t get into that political fray. The bottom line? As a work of the performing arts, this actioneer is worth your money. Here’s the trailer:
A slick spy thriller that will leave you feeling… nothing at all. How is that even possible? A multi-million-dollar project that fails to connect with the audience? I mean, it’s a great story: ex-ballerina Dominika (Jennifer Lawrence), at the behest of her menacing uncle (Matthias Schoenaerts), takes up a dangerous espionage job with the Russian intelligence service for a fat paycheck – which will fund her sick mother’s (Joely Richardson) medical treatment. The cast is excellent: Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Ciaran Hinds, et al. The costumes are fabulous. The cinematography is a gorgeous, gorgeous visual feast. The intel procedures and tech feel genuine. So what went wrong?
Well, the source material is very dense, and involves a wealth of subplots. The flick doesn’t explore any of these intricacies, and hence feels very empty. For instance, Dominika’s mother is very ill and is the reason for the girl to take the high-paying spy job—but the way the flick presents us this fact simply doesn’t make us empathize with the tragic situation. And if there’s no feeling, there’s no connection. That’s just one example. That being said, if you’re a fan of the actress, by all means see this at the theater. Yes, she is that good! Her screen presence alone is worth your money. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s itfor me! See y’all at the theaters!