I must begin this week’s column with an apology. Life tends to get in the way these days and with last week, it proved too hectic. Something had to give and it turned out to be this column. But fear not, I’m back now to provide my latest thoughts on this week’s new releases.
Three new releases are entering the fray. There’s the requisite August horror movie, a Twilight-clone, and a movie about beer and killer robots. Let’s start with the last one first.
THE WORLD’S END
Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival. *
The Good—I’m a big Edger Wright fan. He is the writer/director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are his usual companions on the journey (Scott Pilgrim being the one where these actors were absent). Together, they have created a great double feature of zombies and cops. From what I’ve heard of the early buzz, this pub crawl with The Stepford Wives would complete a fine trilogy. Up next for Mr. Wright is Ant-Man, a Marvel superhero movie that will kick off phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s a bright future for this English born director so I encourage one and all to jump on his bandwagon before it gets too full.
The Bad—Edger Wright has a strong cult following. Cult followings don’t usually end up as box-office winners. While the movie will be getting my money this weekend, I will probably be in the minority, which is a shame. I hope I am wrong on this one. I love his other films.
The Ugly—Have you ever seen someone at the end of a pub crawl? Let’s hope they at least have a cab ride waiting, if the robots will allow them to escape.
The World’s End is rated R for pervasive language including sexual references.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES
When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld. *
Brief Thoughts—I’m not a fan of the Twilight Saga but I can’t deny the impact it has had on popular entertainment. It is the main influence behind a ton of CW shows like The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, the HBO series True Blood, and numerous films, including Beastly, The Host, and Beautiful Creatures, to name just a few. Few have caught the attention of young teens like the Stephanie Myers series had achieved. Now City of Bones makes its attempt at the young teen audience. The trailers were all right but it’s nothing that gets me excited. As I say with a lot of children’s movies, I’m not the intended audience though. The book series does have a following. I just don’t think it will translate to ticket sales. Many have tried but few have succeeded. And having director Harlad Zwart, best known for Agent Cody Banks, The Pink Panther 2, and The Karate Kid remake is not a step in the right direction.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content.
When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back. *
Brief Thoughts—Almost two years after it had its premiere on the film festival circuit, You’re Next is making its theatrical premiere. I’m not sure why it has taken so long for Lionsgate to unleash it on the multiplexes. Usually that means they are not thrilled about the end result, but from what I have read about this film, that does not appear to be the case. As of this writing, You’re Next is sitting at a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The general consensus is that while it doesn’t break new ground in the slasher horror department, it’s still filled with great energy and a dark sense of humor, things that are right up my alley. While I initially dismissed it as a DVD rental, the positive vibe may mean I’ll catch in theaters. I’ll have to see.
You’re Next is rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.
That will do for this week. Tune in next time when the director of Super Size Me takes on a popular boy band. Until then, remember there is no "I" in team, but there is an "I" in pie. And there's an "I" in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team... I don't know what I’m talking about.