When trailers first started coming out for Alexander Payne’s latest film, I was definitely intrigued by its premise. The idea of humans opting for a medical procedure that shrinks them down to four inches tall seemed like a possibility for great satire and comedy. The cast looked impressive, and Payne’s previous films have been great. Unfortunately, Downsizing is absolutely nothing like the trailer. All the funny bits were shown in marketing, if they even made the final cut of the movie. The finished product is too tonally and thematically inconsistent to be good, and the story gets weighed down by its force fed and heavy handed message. Read more
From 20th Century Fox, director Robert Rodriguez, producer James Cameron and based on the manga series Gunnm By Yukito Kishiro, comes Alita: Battle Angel. Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson, the film hits theaters July 20, 2018. Read more
I think I’d been expecting this to be the retelling of the Tarzan story, following in the path of The Jungle Book and Maleficent to be a live-action version of the other Tarzan movies. I was expecting it to be a Tarzan Reboot. It was not. The first time we see Tarzan in this The Legend of Tarzan, he’s dressed in a suit in his manor. This is not the story of Tarzan growing up in the jungle, it’s the story of Tarzan returning to the jungle and what happens when he does. That’s a much better story and Tarzan a much more complex character. That was unexpected – I’d gone just to see Alexander Skarsgard’s abs and I’d gotten so much more. Read more
I was surprised by how crowded the theatre was when I went to see Bond. It was Sunday afternoon, the movie had been out for two days already and the place was still packed. That’s rare for Lethbridge. James Bond is pretty popular and it’s not hard to see why. You know what you’re getting into – there’s car chases and fights and seductions and witty repartee all of these things done very very well. They must have sunk a ton of money into that thing, it was breathtaking to watch.