Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I know, it's a day early, but that can't stop me from taking a look at the new films hitting the big screen just waiting to be that special something to make your celebrations complete. That, or they just hope to tempt you enough to grab some cash over the extended holiday weekend. Whatever the case, the films opening today look to fill a few different needs.
Deck the Halls. (2006, 95 minutes, PG, comedy, trailer) I have to admit that the commercials for this do not look enticing at all. It has what looks like a decent cast with Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito top lining, but it looks less like Christmas Vacation (classic) and more like Christmas with the Kranks (the opposite of classic). Broderick plays the local Christmas enthusiast who has his crown threatened when DeVito moves in and attempts to outdo the local boy. What follows is an escalating battle of holiday spirit between the two. Hopefully the commercials are deceiving, but I am not holding my breath.
Deja Vu. (2006, 128 minutes, R, action, trailer) The first trailer that came out looked like another stylish outing from Tony Scott, but it looked rather generic story wise. Then the second trailer hit and it had me sold. The moment they introduced the time travel element my interest was piqued. I have no idea what the actual story is, but the technology that allows them to look four days into the past is fascinating. Of course, it is sure to open up a whole new world of headaches that can only be induced by the paradox of time travel, but it will be interesting to see how well they pull it off.
The Fountain. (2006, 96 minutes, PG-13, drama, trailer) Darren Aronofsky's big league debut looks like it could be a fascinating film. He made a name with the odd indie films Pi and Requiem for a Dream. This film pairs Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz in a story that spans 1000 years following Jackman's quest to find the secret of eternal life and save the woman he loves. I have heard mixed early word on this, but I have to say that it looks fantastic based on the visuals alone. Also, I believe Brad Pitt was originally slated to star, but pulled out to be replaced by Jackman, who has been quite busy this year.