Oz the Great & Powerful
A whimsical retelling of a story told many a time. It’s interesting how the movie begins in Flat and Grayscale/B&W then shifts to Full Spectrum Colour with a Scope Lens. Which of course is film talk for the movie’s image is centred on the screen, and then takes up the whole screen. Of course there are layers upon layers in this story that I don’t care to dissect. Namely, the role of women in the film, the portrayal of good and evil, the casting of people of colour in certain roles and the always intriguing discussion of politics, governance and the role of charm and charisma in leadership. After you watch it, we can discuss all of that. Bearing in mind that when films are set up as fairy tales there is a degree of naivety that is defaulted to, but should never be assigned to viewers.
Jack The Giant Slayer (3D)
Which brings us to this enchanting tale. I have heard many argue that Hollywood is running out of stories to tell. Fair enough that may be true, or perhaps Hollywood’s audience is not willing to pay for innovation and creativity. What ever the case may be, I recommend you sacrifice the money to watch this movie. I say sacrifice because of course it’s in 3D and it’s more expensive, but the money is worth it. The movie was packaged as a fairytale we already know, but there is SO MUCH MORE to it. It’s beautiful, charming, layered, dynamic and irresistibly clever. I’ll admit that the costume design, and the main female character leave much to be desired but everything else about the production is exciting (and I don’t get excited about much). It’s a fairytale, retold within a fairytale and then woven into history, making it a legendary depiction of treason, tyranny, tall tales and triumph. A mixture you probably never would have thought of.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
As soon as I watch this one I’ll let you know. I’m sceptical, but maybe all is not lost for Steve Carell and Jim Carey, but we’ll see if they’re any kind of incredible (with the assistance of the beautiful Olivia Wilde). So, March 28 is the last time you can watch this film at Carib. It’s funny, and although Carell and Carey are headliners I would argue that the supporting cast shines brighter than either of them. The script is stiff at points but Wilde and Carell’s awkward run-ins are crucial to the momentum of the plot. One which hinges on the fact that Wonderstone (Carell) needs a new set and a way to revitalise his show, and his image. Funnily enough the film is more about the idiosyncrasies of showbiz, business tycoons, fads and most notably friendship. Each person will relate to at least one character in the film, which I think is a pretty realistic story of following your dreams, and not letting go of the things that give your life meaning.
This sequel is still going strong after 3 weeks, and sold out Cinema 4 on Tuesday. It’s been pulling crowds of 18-35 year olds, while Bruce Willis complains profusely about being on vacation. As everything happens it’s easy to forget that the main star just turned 58. Happy Belated Birthday Walter! Anyway…Action is the name of the game. The moment this movie starts it’s guns, action and face-paced scenes. Ultimately there are a lot of unanswered questions left by a rushed plot and mismanaged back story, but it’s a feel good rush nonetheless. It will likely close on Wednesday, but we’ll see.
First disclaimer, I am a hardcore Statham fan, but Jennifer Lopez is never allowed to co-star with him ever…did you hear me? Never again. She was collateral damage. It’s irritating the way she always plays the damsel in distress, waiting to be validated or rescued. Second disclaimer, some of the action is overdone and fake. If you love Statham regardless, then go for the plunge just don’t hold your breath. Update: You would think this movie would have closed already. Nope. It has been at Carib 5 for almost 4 weeks now. Which means that 21 & Over, Warm Bodies and Broken City didn’t even get a fair chance to catch momentum. It sold more tickets than either 3 and was enthusiastically moved from Cinema 1 to replace Broken City (which was pretty good actually).
This film is more than you would expect. It deals with a lot of things at once, and I’m impressed at Dwayne Johnson’s delivery. He is also credited as one of the film’s producers, so I assume this film indicates a shift in Johnson’s film career towards more dramatic/mature roles. It really is a good film. It’s intense, but that is primarily due to the nature of the topics being handled. It centres around a drug deal gone bad, a broken justice system, the love of a father for his son, and the reality of the things that desperation can make you do.
GI JOE: Retaliation & The Croods Open on March 27th and I am excited about both. I think Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum will make a decent return on invest with this action film. With a supporting cast that helps them shine I think it has potential to make real bank this time around. Without having to compete with the other upcoming summer blockbuster it will likely fare well, and better than Rise of The Cobra. I think they’ve also made an effort to deepen the plot, up the anti and strengthen the script. We’ll see if all the hype pays off. As for The Croods (3D) we’ll see if humour and casting can carry the film for at least an entire week. It’ll attract the whole family, depending on it’s time slots, and if it gets an early and late show. If it gets the support I think it will it could sell its share of tickets.
My Two Cents
Of course I think production studios and film houses often put their movies at a disadvantage when they give their products names like The Croods, and then proceed to add 3D to it. Perhaps I don’t know enough about marketing. Do they make back the money they invest to make it a family movie, or 3D? Maybe there’s a niche there that’s raking in greenbacks. Or maybe film houses just pump out enough products that if one project tanks it’s no big deal. Or maybe the profit made is enough for everyone to be relatively happy so they just keep at it. Who knows. Again, if you have a clue, feel free to share, I’m open to learning.