'Tis a big weekend in movie-going, and I'm here to sort out the pieces of crap or of gold that are opening this weekend.
First up is All the King’s Men, a remake of the 1949 Oscar-winning film of the same name. This one is starring a whole slew of talented actors, from Sean Penn to Jude Law and even Kate Winslet. Based on Robert Penn Warren's novel on the life of Louisiana Governor Huey Long, All the King’s Men is about a journalist (Law) who becomes enraptured by a fiery Southern politician (Penn).
This film is being tagged as an early front-runner for Oscar contention, and it’s starring some heavy-hitters, yet the reviews have not been too kind. This film may have people on the fence, but I say go decide for yourself. It should be an interesting film, nonetheless.
Also opening this weekend is Flyboys starring Spider-Man’s nemesis, James Franco. It’s a romantic drama about American pilots who volunteer for the French military before the US entered World War II. While I personally love Franco for aesthetic reasons (and his incredible portrayal of James Dean in the TV movie), this sounds a little bit like a snooze-fest. Only war movie buffs and teen girls will probably be drawn to this film.
Another film angling for the teen crowd is Jackass: Number Two. As if one wasn’t quite enough… Starring the same bevy of jackasses including Johnny Knoxville, this film is quite plotless in that it follows the hi-jinks of idiots who like to get kicked in the groin many, many, many times. I saw one picture where Steve-O has a leech attached to his eyeball. This is perhaps the most disgusting notion ever…Yet, this will probably be the number one movie in America come Sunday night. Go figure.
Vying for teenage boy contention is the new martial arts masterpiece, Fearless, starring Jet Li who is claiming this will be his last action movie. And from the reviews I’ve read, it’s supposed to be pretty amazing. Do I really need to summarize the plot for this…? Anyhoo, it’s about Huo Yuanjia (Li) who becomes the most famous Chinese fighter at the turn of the 20th century.
And the movie that will grab my eight dollars is the new film by Michel Gondry, who brought you Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and several Bjork videos. The Science of Sleep stars Gael García Bernal who starts to confuse his dreams with reality and vice versa as he tries to grasp his feelings for his new neighbor (Charlotte Gainsbourg).
From what I’ve seen in the trailers, the imageries and animation of the film are remarkable, and the theme of isolation and alienation will surely propel this film into hipsters’ new Garden State (myself included). Plus Bernal is completely due for a more mainstream fan-base after incredible turns in Y Tu Mamá También and Amores Perros.
There you have it folks. No matter what you choose this weekend, these movies will surely entertain and delight many, but, seriously go seen The Science of Sleep. Just a little tip from me to you.