Well, hello there in cyberspace! I hope your summer’s off to a fabulous start? It should be! If not, how about a trip to the theater? Another great franchise is winding down, and the finale is… well, worth seeing, I think, at least for some amazing action pieces. How about you and I walk down the cool dark carpeted corridors of our fab virtual theater, and peek into each of these fabulous movies to figure out just which one you want to watch? Let’s go!
X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX
I assume by now you’ve met the lovely Sophie Turner from GoT? She had a bit part in X-Men: Apocalypse and, well, it was… okay. In this sequel, she’s up front and center as a younger Jean Grey, possessed by an alien spirit (Jessica Chastain)—one of the best story lines in the franchise. The rest of the mutants must somehow rally to protect the world against her.
Sadly, this awesome concept does not seem to have the same impact on the audience in theaters, as it did in the comics. You’re probably sick of hearing this from me—character arcs are all important, and depth of feeling is everything. The script has to make us feel why this possession of Jean Grey is so dangerous for humanity: it doesn’t.
Then, Grey’s chemistry with Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) is non-existent here. Vuk’s (Jessica Chastain) motivations for meddling with Jean are also not well explained, as is the X-Men letting Xavier (James McEvoy) off the hook for his meddling. Also, a showdown on the moon would’ve been far more fun than one on Earth. The cast, as talented as they are, don’t seem to fill out their characters as well as I hoped they would.
The flick also uses connections that the audience may have forgotten, such as a relationship between Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Magneto’s (Michael Fassbender) new role—not to mention, he looks to be in his forties, but should look closer to sixty.
But, for all that, it’s still worth seeing for the effects and action sequences. The climactic set pieces are excellent and the action, downright thrilling. The light shows—so reminiscent of the 90’s—are pretty cheesy, but a lot of fun to watch. Here’s the trailer:
Late night is totally a white male/ boys’ club. We all know this. Mindy Kaling (alum of the most amazing series on Earth, The Office) has written, produced, and stars in this fun flick (produced by Amazon Studios) about exactly that lovely issue.
Katherine Newbury (Emma Thomspson) is a formerly-successful late-night talk show host. She’s getting older, and her ratings are falling, and in a desperate attempt to avoid getting replaced, she hires Molly Patel (Kaling) as a writer. Molly has a whole different set of things to fight against: for starters, a mean boss, and male writers on the staff who simply don’t want her there. It’s certainly reminiscent of Devil Wears Prada, but we see both women’s points of view, and it’s quite character-driven – which offsets the fact that it is predictable. On the whole, it’s fab! I love it. Check out the trailer:
I AM MOTHER
I had to bring this one to your attention simply because it’s sci-fi and I absolutely love this sort of contained thriller (examples: (1979) Alien, or Moon). So mankind has been exterminated and only a few ova have survived, in a sealed bunker. ‘Mother’ (voice by Rose Byrne) grows one to term, births it, and takes care of the screaming baby right into adulthood. Everything’s going splendidly until the kid becomes a teenager (Clara Rugaard), and a woman (Hilary Swank) suddenly shows up at the bunker…
Okay the ending is a bit annoying. But hey, if you have Netflix, it won’t cost you anything but time, and the set up is simply awesome if you’re into this sort of atmospheric thriller. Trust me—it blows about 90% of low budget sci-fi flicks right out the water. Check out the trailer:
So those are the best options for this particular weekend. What do you think? Which one do you choose? Let me know! Here’s hoping I’ll see you all at the theater!