PUSS IN BOOTS
I was never crazy about Shrek or Donkey or Fiona or any of the other characters in the Shrek movies, but I looooove Puss in Boots. FINALLY he gets his own movie all to himself, where he can be adorable and Spanish without those annoying green ogres getting in his way. They aren’t exactly forthcoming when it comes to the plot – there’s some blue fire, the world is in danger, and his partner is a girl kitty – but to be honest, I’m not sure I’ll even notice if there’s no plot at all. You see, they’ve tapped into my crippling weakness: KITTIES DOING CUTE THINGS. I won’t be able to resist.
I thought it sounded a little bit like Logan’s Run at first, but they took the concept way further than Logan’s Run, and now I think it’s a really cool idea. The way time works in their world is the same way money works in ours, so it’s actually pushing a deep social message instead of just throwing two hours of explosions in our faces (everyone knows the best sci-fi is messages AND explosions). It seems like they’re trying to turn Justin Timberlake into a James Bond-style action hero here, and I don’t think it’s working. He still looks and sounds like a youngster, and it hasn’t been THAT long since NSYNC that some nice suits and cars can make us forget all the spotlit gyrating.
Apparently there’s real controversy out there over whether William Shakespeare actually wrote all his plays… and whether he ever existed in the first place, but this is the first movie I’ve heard of about it, which I find surprising. It seems like prime period drama fodder. They don’t give you much in this trailer, just the impression that whoever wrote the plays was being punished with anonymity and the idea that the movie cost an awful lot to make. You have to go on IMDB to look up who the movie claims really wrote the plays – Edward DeVere, the Earl of Oxford – and that the fighting in the trailer is from the rebellion against the succession of Elizabeth I. I dunno about you, but that’s too much work, and we still don’t have a very good idea of how the plot goes. I’ll still see it (eventually). I just hope seeing it doesn’t retroactively ruin my enjoyment of Shakespeare in Love.
THE RUM DIARIES
Okay… this movie doesn’t waste any time. It stampedes straight for crazytown within the first few seconds of the trailer. And it’s not just the situations and plot that are weird – there’s something unsettling about the characters. I want to look away from Johnny Depp’s face because of all the weird contortions it’s going through. His boss is even worse. I strongly suspect, based on the fact that there’s only the barest hint of plot in the trailer, that this isn’t so much a coherent story as it is a madcap series of events where characters’ decisions are heavily influenced by drugs and alcohol. I’ve never been a fan of those types of films (I prefer my madcap sober and with a British accent) so I’ll steer clear of this one.
This one is only a limited release, I just stop reading/watching now unless you live in a big city, I guess. While I was watching this trailer, I thought – this is going to be one of those slow, boring, introspective movies that doesn’t seem to realize it’s the nine millionth movie made on the same subject, isn’t it? And the second thing I thought was: is Anton Yelchin’s hairline receding already? Poor boy. He can’t be more than twenty. Anyway, this is going to be one of those movies I forget about after a few minutes…. yup. There it goes.
You’re not likely to see this one unless you live in Quebec, but I thought I’d mention it anyway for two reasons. Firstly, it stars Patrick Huard, the French guy we all loved in Bon Cop Bad Cop, and secondly, it’s got a genius premise. Fathering 533 kids though a sperm bank? And getting to know a hundred of them? Hilarious. I’ll totally rent this one someday.
I’m trying to remember which war movie I remember this guy from… to IMDB! Ah yes, he was in Pearl Harbor. Anyway, I don’t usually go for these “is he crazy or isn’t he” movies, but I think if it turned out that he was right about the big storm, I would like it. If he was crazy, I wouldn’t. There’s no real way to find out other than to go see it. It wouldn’t be such a hardship – those are some pretty cool looking storms.
The Cape Breton Film Series is also showing Meek’s Cutoff, which is a boring looking art-type film about early settlers who have to decide whether or not to trust a native after their guide gets them lost in a desert. Check out the trailer and decide for yourself. The show is at 7pm on Thursday at the Empire Theaters in Sydney.
And finally, you should know that many Empire Theaters locations are playing GHOSTBUSTERS on HALLOWEEN night, should you wish to tell the trick or treaters to screw themselves and go to a movie instead.