Hey there! How was last night’s sudden and scary descent into icy weather for you? It wasn’t funny here in Baltimore. But the weekend’s here, so all is well again. Let’s see what’s new in theaters today!
Edward Norton’s directorial attempt, about a detective with Tourette’s syndrome, based on Jonathan Lethem’s bestselling novel. Lethem’s story is set in the 1990’s, but Ed has the flick set in the sixties. He also plays Lionel, the junior partner to a veteran detective (Bruce Willis). After the latter gets embroiled in a gang-related case, Lionel takes over. Alec Baldwin plays the corrupt, arrogant head of city planning with unsurprising ease (character based on Robert Moses, the 1962 NYC parks commissioner). Gugu Mbatha-Raw also stars as an activist.
Sadly, the screenplay lacks the bite that makes ‘noir’ entertaining. Pair that flaw with the overwhelming lack of action and tension, and you have a bore. Sorry, folks. Nothing to see here. Move along! Or not, if you’re into the visual aspect of the film, which I have to admit is done to absolute perfection. You will be so transported back to the sixties with period-appropriate cars and buildings and clothes and behavior. If that’s your thing, you’ll be quite satisfied. Check out the trailer:
TERMINATOR: DARK FATE
Dark it is! I mean that literally as well as figuratively—there’s a fair amount of gore too. The film makers have also brought Linda Hamilton back, hoping for a successful sequel (the thinking was that she was the heart of the franchise, and that bringing her back would inject life and box office $ into the franchise). Arnold is around as well. McKenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes symbolize the roles of Reese and the young Sarah Connor respectively—remember, this sequel is all about women. Gabriel Luna stars as the newest version of a terminator.
It might just be me, but did the thrill go out with T2? The new actors are sadly, forgettable. And there are some changes to the mythology in this sequel, which hardcore fans will find quite annoying. That’s the new Hollywood fad: ‘subverting’ things. It didn’t work in Star Wars, and it d* sure isn’t working here either. But Hollywood will be trying to milk that cow for a long, long time. And actors will and forever dance to the tune of money, so get ready for more boring sequels… of everything. The CGI and action in Dark Fate are fun—for all of five minutes, but hey, sometimes, maybe that’s all you want from a flick, right? Here’s the trailer:
Hollywood’s contrived and preachy take on Harriet Tubman’s life, complete with songs and celebrity. It shows Tubman’s (played by Cynthia Erivo) escape (Joe Alwyn as the slaver owner), and her subsequent return to free her parents, brothers and husband. One mission turned into several, giving her the status of a Moses. It’s true she carried a gun, but she certainly could not have been the action hero Hollywood makes her out to be (mission success was probably more likely due to cunning and careful planning, which Hollywood likely found harder to portray). Here’s the trailer:
Alrighty then! Shall I see you at the theater, then? Or on Twitter? Or next week? See you then!