The Planet of the Now Playing

By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

Previews of The Lucky One, Think Like a Man and Chimpanzee

If last week represented the good (The Cabin in the Woods), the bad (Lockout) and the ugly (The Three Stooges, which may not be as ugly as the trailers indicated but it’s still far from good) of releases, this week represents more of a “meh”.  All three movies leave much to be desired.  Although the movies don’t do anything for me, there could be a dark horse candidate that could unseat the mighty Hunger Games from the top of the box office.  That film is…

THE LUCKY ONE

A Marine travels to North Carolina after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.*

I’ve never seen a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, and chances are great that I’m not going to be starting now.  Zac Efron (The Derby Stallion) is the main draw as the Marine who believes a picture of Taylor Schilling (Dark Matter) helped saved his life.  It should be able to bring in the teenage girl market which is why I think it “could” pull off the upset in the box office.  For me, there is not much worthy of an opinion.  The trailers elicit no reaction whatsoever.  I’m sure my sister has been looking forward to this as she was a fan of The Notebook.  She may rate it higher, but I’m going to give it 1 Last Song out of 5.  The Lucky One is rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.

THINK LIKE A MAN

Four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey's relationship advice against them.*

Unlike the previous film, Think Like a Man does elicit a response, but not the one filmmakers were hoping.  Looking through the cast list, one name drew my attention.  While I’m far from someone who should cast the first stone, I still cannot bring myself to endorse anything featuring Chris Brown.  His recent “history” with ex-girlfriend Rihanna and the little remorse he has subsequently shown have turned me off of him completely.  I really don’t think casting him in something called Think Like a Man was a wise move.  Outside of his participation, there is not much appeal.  The trailers did not make me laugh, which, for a comedy, is not a good sign.  I’m just going to give this 1 “Final Goodbye” out of 5.  Think Like a Man is rated PG-13 for sexual content, some crude humor, and brief drug use.

CHIMPANZEE

A 3-year-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.*

To capitalize on Earth Day, Disney and the makers of the BBC’s Planet Earth series joined forces to document the real life story of a chimp growing up.  The Planet Earth series was a fascinating look at the world that many of us will never see.  No doubt their excellence should carry over into this production, but the truth is, I’m not at all excited to see it.  This seems like something I would come across on Animal Planet and not something that would make me venture to theaters.  If it would have been on IMAX (and if we had an IMAX theater in town), I might have made an exception.  Maybe if I had children, my outlook may have looked more favorably.  Since I don’t, it will rate a 2 “Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z” out of 5.  Chimpanzee is rated G.

That will do for this week.  Tune in next time when Edgar Allan Poe tries to keep Safe from a band of Pirates for 5 years.  Until then, keep circulating the tapes.

*all plot summaries taken from IMDB.com

 

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