Hey there folks! What’s new and exciting in your world this week? I hope it’s grand, because there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot happening in the world of new movies… except for Toy Story 4? Maybe. That remains to be seen. In the meanwhile, here are the wide releases this weekend:
Moratorium on reviews! As always, I’m happy to comply with the studio’s requests. But here’s something you don’t normally hear about—the story on the history of the Chucky flicks. Don Mancini, the longtime writer of these stories, is in fact not involved in this latest sequel. Which is weird and really kind of screwed up, when you consider he nurtured the series since its inception in 1988. In 2018, MGM-United Artists decided to reboot the franchise and make Chucky an AI gone nuts, of all things. Understandably, Mancini rejected the executive producer credit they offered him. Even though a few of the sequels never made it to the theaters, Chucky never lost its fan following. That cultish status is the reason the franchise is well and alive; and its fans aren’t the slightest bit happy about what the studio’s done to its favorite villain. The review ban shows the studio itself isn’t terribly confident about this new version of Chucky. Brad Dourif downright rejected the offer to star (Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker/ Star Wars) is the voice of Chucky). Jennifer Tilly (Bride Of Chucky) wasn’t happy about this sequel either. So it’ll be interesting to see how the sequel fares at this hostile box office.
As far as the story: in a misguided effort to help her troubled teen, Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation) brings a smart (Buddi) doll home from her work at Zed-Mart. Great idea, Mom! Here’s the trailer:
Luc Besson, the director behind the failed VALERIAN and EuropaCorp, is back with ANNA, a story about a Russian model with some interesting skills. Too bad it didn’t launch before ‘Atomic Blonde’ and ‘Red Sparrow.’ Not to mention, sex abuse allegations against Besson squashed any oomph this project was garnering back then. So it feels a bit dated now. Sasha Luss is competent as the lead in this story about a biology student-turned model. Even though the movie touts the #MeToo message, it employs tricks reminiscent of ‘Basic Instinct.’ The dialogue is shoddy, and some of the other twists are so done! Still, it has some good points—such as the acting by Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, and Cillian Murphy; and the fight scenes are nice. Check out the trailer:
That’s about it for this weekend. Then again, maybe a slower pace is good for all of us this time of year when it’s so hot outside, right? Do let me know what you think, below, and on Twitter! And until next time, take care, and don’t speed!