The summer movie onslaught continues this week with four new titles coming out to join the approximately 4 million that are already in theaters vying for our attention/money. A movie will have to be pretty good to draw our attention away from films like Inception and Despicable Me, but that’s not going to stop Eat, Pray, Love, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, and The Expendables from trying. I’ll review the trailers for you so you can see if any of them are going to be worth your time (and money).
EAT, PRAY, LOVE
This movie is based on a true story – or more accurately, based on one of those “slice of life” books people write when they do interesting things with their lives. The problem is that slices of life don’t have through lines and often do not make very good movies. I like Julia Roberts, though, and her journey looks like a fun/interesting one, so I can only hope the screenwriters were given enough leeway to make a beginning and an end to go with the giant middle. If the title – Eat, Pray, Love – which suggests a person just randomly doing things – is anything to go by though, I would guess not, but since it’s the title of the book, I have hope. I detected some threads of through line in her relationship complaints in the trailer, so I might see this.
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD
I’m not a Michael Cera fan. He’s a clone. He plays the same role over and over and it’s not a very interesting one. Having said that, however, he seems slightly less laconic than usual in Scott Pilgrim vs the World and that gives me hope for his future. The first trailer gave no hint of the comic book “KAPOW” style of direction and failed to mention that Edgar Wright (the guy who directed Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead), whom I love, was behind it, which explains my previous non-interest. But now I am interested. It looks interesting. Therefore I will see it if I can possibly manage to find the time.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED
Hm, interesting! At first I was like “oh God, not another throat-chopping extravaganza like Taken” but very quickly it turned out not to be, which is a good thing. I like how they only showed a bit of the setup and then the rest was just random images. Nothing ruins a good thriller like giving away all the plot twists in the freaking trailer! Jury’s still out on whether Gemma Arterton is anything other than the pretty face du jour but Eddie Marsan (Inspector Lestrade from Sherlock Holmes) has a good record, even if he is a bit weird looking. I doubt I’ll have room on my theatrical schedule for The Disappearance of Alice Creed. It’s not THAT interesting. But I’ll totally rent it when it comes out on DVD.
This movie is the wet dream of fans of unoriginal action movies from the 80s and 90s. You know, the ones that are heavy on the gunplay and light on story – in other words, the kind of action movies I don’t like. Stallone, Statham, Lundgren, Schwarzenegger – collecting all the muscle-bound thickos together into one movie isn’t something I’d have spent any energy trying to do, but if there’s actually a plot (there’s a small hint of one in the trailer) then it could be not completely stupid. Despite my distinct lack of enthusiasm, however, I am required to see this movie, as it is the last in a set of three spec ops action movies with identical premises (the others are The Losers and The A-Team) and I promised I’d compare them all. No points for guessing which one I predict will rank dead last.