Central Intelligence – Movie Review

Central Intelligence – Movie Review

This past Sunday night, my wife and I were talking about movies while we were putting our kiddo to bed and the conversation turned to Baywatch which was released a couple days prior.  I mentioned that it had fallen into “rental” territory for me given the horrid reviews it’s been getting and after tanking at the box office, to which my wife replied “Well you better figure out how to get me my fix of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson if we’re not going to the theaters for Baywatch!” Oops….. Luckily, that was when I remembered that I had seen that Central Intelligence was on one of the myriad streaming services we have – crisis averted! So after the kiddo was asleep, we poured some beers, and fired up the Apple TV to, hopefully, watch a solid comedy (which are in terribly short supply in modern times).

Let’s dig into it!

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Central Intelligence follows Robbie Wierdicht, played by Dwayne Johnson, and Calvin Joyner, played by Kevin Hart, as they find each other, 20 years after Calvin helped out Robbie following a horrific prank played on him by the school bullies. As their 20 year high school reunion approaches, Robbie reemerges after disappearing following the prank and asks Calvin out for a beer and it soon becomes clear that Robbie is a very different person than he was in high school.

The casting for Central Intelligence is pretty spot on for the needs of the movie, there’s no denying the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has all the charisma in the world (the man basically sung a show tune in Moana for God’s sake and we all bought it hook, line, and sinker) and Kevin Hart is slowly gaining more and more steam as a new go-to in Hollywood for comedies. So the only question was, would the two work together well and they absolutely do.

Their combination of comedic talents is really the back bone of this movie and is what carries the, somewhat forgettable, plot.  As the two characters continue to interact, the way that Johnson just oozes awkward hero worship on to Hart is outstanding and you truly feel that awkwardness coming through the screen at you.  For Hart’s part, he does an solid job of playing the one on the receiving end of the hero worship and not knowing how to take it, especially since his character peaked in high school and he has never gotten back to that level of inflated ego.

As for the story, the plot stays pretty solid throughout, although with a movie like this plot holes aren’t the end of the world. It does play a bit coy with the reveal and tries, with some success, to lead you down a few potential paths before revealing the true villain which made it more entertaining. There are a few running jokes that, in my opinion, provide some of the highlights of the movie. Also, the ending does leave it open for a sequel (shocker, I know) and I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing a sequel provided that the story is good enough.

Now, I’m gonna get a little deep here so bear with me…  (phrasing, HA!).  A lot of movies and television shows these days try to imbue a moral into their story telling and most of the time it comes off as heavy handed to the point of being ham-fisted and preachy.  I’m looking at you Elysium and Supergirl. But oddly enough, Central Intelligence, manages to tell the audience something really important with out beating them over the head with it. As I explained above, Robbie is the victim of a malicious prank and Calvin is the only one to help him out.  Fast forward 20 years and even though Robbie has the better physique, the better life, the better job, and is all around the “cooler” guy, Robbie still looks up to Calvin in every single way not just because that’s how it was in high school but because, at his absolutely lowest point imaginable, Calvin was the only one to show him mercy and help him.  It may be hyperbolized and played for laughs in the movie, but it goes to show how one small act of kindness can change the direction of someone’s life.

The best way to give my final verdict on Central Intelligence, is that it’s a great way to spend a lazy Sunday evening.  A solid if somewhat forgettable comedy with an accidentally/on purpose message that’s well worth watching on a streaming service or renting on the cheap.

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Alien: Covenant – Movie Review

Alien: Covenant – Movie Review

Whenever I watch a movie or TV show that I plan on reviewing, I always wait at least a day before sitting down to write.  I like to let whatever I watched marinate in my brain for a little bit, chew on it for a bit, remember the things that I liked and didn’t like, but mostly let myself formulate an opinion that is deeper than my first impressions.  The story with Alien: Covenant is a little bit different.  I saw this movie a full week ago almost to the hour as of this writing and I feel I truly needed that much time to figure out my feelings toward it and I’m still not sure if I can accurately convey my thoughts.

Nevertheless, let’s get into it and try to start unpacking the newest entry in the Alien franchise.

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I was incredibly excited for Alien: Covenant from when it was first announce to the first trailer to having ticket and popcorn in hand.  I love the Alien franchise – I did a book report on the first Alien movie way back in middle or high school (I can’t remember which).  That’s right I did a book report on a movie. Our teacher said that we could write our reports on any book that met certain criteria and took us to the school’s library one class period so we could pick out books and for some insane reason, our library had a copy of the novelization of the movie and it met all the criteria it needed to.  So yea, loop-holed my way into writing a book report on a movie out of my love of the Alien franchise.  I tell that story so you’ll believe me when I say that Alien: Covenant is not an Alien movie.  It is very much a Prometheus sequel that remembers it has Alien in it’s title a couple times over the course of the movie, a problem that similarly plagued Prometheus (you can read my review of that movie here).

The most disappointing thing about Alien: Covenant has to be that it simply was not the movie that I was expecting to see.  All of the marketing lead me to believe that we were in for a return to the types of movies we fell in love with in Alien and Aliens and that just isn’t the case here. While this movie certainly has the horror we’ve come to expect from this franchise, that horror is largely contained to a couple select scenes, one being at the end of the first act and the second being the final climax of the film, with a few quick moments sprinkled in.  Looking back, it feels like the writers made sure that they got the requisite horror elements (the Alien parts of this film) in place and then filled the rest of the movie with long drawn out, slow burn, cerebral sci-fi that, quite honestly, grinds the pacing to a screeching halt (the Prometheus parts of the film).  Now that’s not to say that either of the two flavors of movie are necessarily bad, just that they are not at all what I was expecting.

Like Prometheus, Alien: Covenant explores the connection between creator and creation and in doing so, get’s really, really weird, like Alien: Resurrection weird.  I think I whispered “What the fuck?” to myself at least two or three times during the middle section of this movie.  Some of the writing and character choices are fascinating and incredibly compelling while others are firmly in “WTF” territory.

Where Prometheus seemed to almost be ashamed of it’s Alien heritage, Alien: Covenant turns that around and begins to re-embrace it’s roots. Covenant does a lot of heavy lifting to get the story rerouted in the right direction to line up with the rest of the franchise. With the announcement of a sequel to Alien: Covenant, or I guess more accurately a three-quel to Prometheus, it seems like we are getting a trilogy of movies leading up to the original Alien which is fine, I guess?  It will be very interesting to see how Ridley Scott and Co drive the story from where it ends in Alien: Covenant to where it begins in Alien.

I watched a YouTube review of Alien: Covenant by Chris Stuckmann as I was writing this (again something I never do before writing but this film has given me fits) and he reminded me of something very critical – this movie is visually stunning.  From the vast landscapes of the alien world, to the ship and set design, everything about this movie is visually amazing as we have come to expect from anything with Ridley Scott’s name on it.

The cast in this movie is also very solid. Michael Fassbender as a new model android named Walter is everything we’ve come to expect from him.  Aside from Fassbender, the other stand out in the cast has to be Danny McBride, which is honestly a sentence I never thought I’d write.  He doesn’t have a lot of work to do but when he is on screen his character is absolutely believable and you can separate the actor from the character, which with an actor like McBride, is a feat.  As for the rest of the cast, they mostly feel like cannon fodder for the xenomorphs.  They all do a serviceable job in their roles but most are forgettable minus Katherine Waterson and Billy Crudup who get more to do than the rest but nothing that blows you away.

In the end, Alien: Covenant is a film hampered by a misleading marketing campaign and a film that suffers from an “identity crisis hangover” from Prometheus. My hope is that after we get the final chapter in the “Prometheus trilogy”, the end result with be worth the wait and worthy of being a part of the Alien franchise.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Movie Review

A few years ago, when Marvel Studios announced their Phase 2 line up and Guardians of the Galaxy was listed, I distinctly remember thinking to myself – “This is it, this is Marvel’s first flop, no one’s gonna know who these characters are.  I don’t even know who these characters are and I am a huge comic book fan.”  Then we saw a GIF of Rocket Racoon laughing maniacally while shooting a machine gun and I completely changed my tune.  Maybe Marvel was on to something here and sure enough, they were.  Now here we are, almost three years after director James Gunn and an amazing cast managed to capture lightning in a bottle and they’ve done it again, for the most part.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is another solid entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it gives us more of what we got in the first Guardians – sharp, dry humor, great characters and a cast with amazing chemistry – but it also suffers from living in the shadow of its predecessor and maybe being afraid to step out beyond that shadow. Guardians 2 brings that same type of humor we all enjoyed the first go round but it feels a little too forced this time.  It seems like rather than letting jokes naturally and organically fall out of certain situations, the writers tried to make sure they had a “joke every minute” and tried to wink at the audience a bit too much.  This is especially true with Drax.

Dave Bautista was probably the biggest surprise in the first Guardians, no one really expects a pro-wrestler turned actor to actually be good (although Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has set the bar pretty high not to mention the few roles John Cena has shined in) but Bautista crushed it as the super literal straight man foiling the wisecracks served up by Star-Lord and Rocket. While Drax has some great moments in Guardians 2, he also has a lot of lines that just fall flat and even feel completely out of character for him and out of sync with the rest of the movie.  Drax does have a character arc in this movie and in the end some of those jokes are paid off but in the moment they feel more than a bit mean spirited.

The other stand out from the original Guardians, the one and only Groot, is on full display again in Guardians 2. In a lot of ways, Baby Groot, steals the show – I think the moment that I laughed at the hardest was a series of jokes revolving around Baby Groot. Disney and Marvel know what they have in Baby Groot and they use him to his full potential here, only skirting overusing him.  If you don’t like Baby Groot, I don’t trust you as a human being.

Aside from Baby Groot and Drax, all our other favorites from Guardians are back – Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, Zoe Saladna’s Gamora, Rocket as voiced by Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker’s Yondu, and the lovely (even if painted blue and purple) Karen Gillan as Nebula. One of the best things this movie does, is it actually manages to give each returning character something of an arc and some real tangible character development over the course of the 136 minute run time.  Even though some of those arcs are move prevalent than others, it is still incredibly refreshing to look back at a movie and see care and attention paid to all of the major characters.  No one (except maybe Mantis but more on her in a minute) felt left out, underdeveloped, or ignored.  More of that please, Hollywood!

For Guardians 2, we get two new characters in Kurt Russell’s Ego and Pom Klementieff’s Mantis.  As I said a few lines above, Mantis doesn’t have a whole lot to her character. She does have the empathic powers as we have seen in the trailers, which she uses well in the movie, but past that, her character is really just there to service the plot and move it along.  For Ego though, it’s a much different story. Kurt Russell is fantastic in this movie. As the “elder statesman” of the cast, Russell brings a certain gravitas to the movie, a bit of older, wiser Hollywood that elevates the whole movie. I have no doubt that with a lesser actor in the role, the movie as a whole would have suffered greatly.  Between this movie and the Fast and Furious franchise, its great to see Russell making something of a come back.  I grew up watching him in amazing films such as Backdraft, The Thing, Overboard, and Stargate (guilty pleasure, shut up) and seeing him return to prominence is awesome.

A word on the marketing of this movie.  It struck me as my wife and I were sitting through the twenty minute slog of previews the comes before any big budget movie these days, that I really had no idea what the plot of the movie I was about to watch was. I obviously knew the characters, what style of movie to expect, and what kind of humor to expect but I honestly had no real clear idea in my head of how the movie was going to play out. In the modern era of movie marketing where we get a teaser trailer, two or three full trailers, and a plethora of TV spots, each coming with new and exciting footage, it gets pretty damn easy to piece a movie together in your mind, especially if you have even a basic familiarity with the characters and their back story.  Kudos to the marketing staff for this movie for completely side stepping that problem and giving us effective marketing without spoiling the movie.

I will also say that some of the first act felt somewhat disjointed with multiple story lines happening all at once.  Everything did eventually come together but some of the cuts were a bit rough and jarring. But despite some less than perfect pacing and humor that isn’t as fresh as it was in the first Guardians, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 measures up to the Marvel standard and is another fine entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What did you think about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?  How do you think it compares to it’s predecessor?  Where does it stack up amongst it’s fellow Marvel films?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Re-Visit Review #1 – Prometheus

Re-Visit Review #1 – Prometheus

With “Alien: Covenant” coming out this weekend I decided to give “Prometheus” another shot as I had seen it once, years ago when it had come out on one of the cable movie channels.  At the time, I remember not wanting to like it because of all the negative hype around it and so, I came away not liking it and not really understanding what it was trying to achieve.  So when I ran across a Blu-ray copy of “Prometheus” at my local big box store for $8, which included a $7.50 credit towards an “Alien: Covenant” ticket, I decided it was time to give this much maligned prequel(?) another shot.  While I will say that I liked it better this time, “Prometheus” still isn’t a great movie but has good things going for it at times.

*SPOILER WARNING* – I will be talking full spoilers for this movie.

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“Prometheus” follows a group of scientists on a mission to deep space as they try to track down the Engineers, an alien race that they believe to be responsible for life on earth. Upon reaching the planet that they determined to be the home of the Engineers from a series of cave paintings and artifacts from all over the globe, the group sets out to explore an ancient structure, and that’s where stuff starts to go sideways. Parts of this film play out pretty similarly to “Alien” as the explorers do a little too much exploring for their own good.  As a storm rolls in, two team members are left behind and are forced to stay the night inside the structure.  While they are there, they come across a snake like alien that has similar features to the original xenomorph creatures we know and love as it looks sort of like a cross between the Face Hugger and the Chest Burster.

While in the structure, they also trigger a holographic replay of several Engineers seemingly running away from something and, after following the hologram, the find the remains of an Engineer who has been decapitated by a door.  Also while in the structure, the team comes across a room filled with vases or vessels filled with some sort of black goo.  The movie’s resident android, David (played amazingly by Michael Fassbender), takes one of the vases unbeknownst to the rest of the crew.  Back on the ship, it is starting to become clear that David has a hidden agenda, as he opens and investigates the stolen vase on his own and even goes so far as to poison one of the crew with some of the black goo from inside. For me, that’s kind of the beginning of the end for this movie – “Big things have small beginnings” as David says. While we later find out what David’s secret is, it still doesn’t really explain why he felt he had to poison a crew member past the plot requiring him to.

I actually really enjoyed the first half of “Prometheus”, it’s a solid sci-fi adventure following humans wanting to know where they came from but then at some point it starts to try to be a prequel to “Alien”.  “Prometheus” is very much the product of too many ideas and two movies crammed into one run time.  The first movie, the one about humans wanting to meet their creators, is actually really well put together. We follow our group of scientists from finding evidence of extraterrestrial life on Earth, to following that evidence to the stars, to finding the remnants of our creators, to finding out that our creators aren’t exactly as benevolent as they seem.  That plot thread, in and of itself, has the makings of a great sci-fi film that does what sci-fi does best. Challenge what we know about ourselves and challenge the things we take for granted.  Even the twist of Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland being secretly along for the trip so he can try to stave off death works well in that film.  But again, the problem is that “Prometheus” is really two films jumbled up together.

The second film is the one that kind of, sort of, maybe wants to be an “Alien” prequel.  All of the set design inside the structure is incredibly reminiscent of Giger’s original designs from “Alien” and the infamous Space Jockey from the crashed ship in “Alien” actually turns out to be an Engineer in their version of a space suit. It is also heavily implied that the black substance in the vases is some sort of biological weapon created by the Engineers, that will eventually beget the xenomorphs as we know them. All of that is very cool and, as a lover of the “Alien” franchise, I am pretty on board with those decisions.

Keeping in line with showing us a precursor to the original xenomorph, the crew member that David poisons with the black goo, actually impregnates another crew member with something like a chest burster.  That leads to a scene where David attempts to keep her from aborting the alien creature by sedating her and the rest of the crew trying to get her back in to cryo-sleep, presumably without knowing what is inside of her.  She gets away and manages to climb into a Medical Pod that she tricks into giving her a C-Section to remove the alien from her womb.  That scene in and of itself is fantastic, I loved it.  It’s the kind of body and creature horror that we’ve come to expect from “Alien” movies. However, after it happens,  it’s completely glossed over for most of the rest of the film.  No one seems to give two hot shits that the resident android tried to force this woman to carry an alien horror inside of her, or that she managed to cut it out of herself, or that the alien itself is left in the Medical Pod.  This probably my biggest issue with this film, that this extremely impactful scene seems to have no impact on the film until the end and even that impact is marginal at best.

At the end of the film, after the Engineer tries to take off in his ship to go to Earth to wipe it clean of life with the payload of biological weapons it has on board (the movie gives no reasonable explanation for why the Engineer wants to do this and it is really just assumed to be the case by the crew) but is thwarted when the captain of the Prometheus rams into him, the Engineer gets into the lifeboat that was ejected off the Prometheus before the crash where the alien creature is still alive and has grown into mammoth proportions.  The Engineer and the now giant alien, looking very much like a Face Hugger, get into a fight that ends with the Not-Face Hugger doing the Face Hugger thing and impregnating the Engineer with a Not Chest Burster that we see do the Chest Burster thing at the very end of the movie, giving birth to a Not Xenomorph that does the Xenomorph double mouth thing….  for a movie that didn’t really want to be an “Alien” prequel, this half of the movie sure feels like an “Alien” prequel but an “Alien” prequel that tries to shy away from truly being an “Alien” prequel…..  *sigh*

Story and plotting aside “Prometheus” has a great cast – the aforementioned Michael Fassbender and Guy Pearce are joined by Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba. If I’m being honest, I forgot Theron and Elba were in this movie until I saw their names in the opening credits. It’s not that they give bad performances, it’s that they have solid performances in a somewhat forgettable movie. The real stand out in the cast has to be Fassbender’s performance as David.  Every “Alien” movie has had at least one android in it and while Ash, Bishop, and Call, have all been very human, David is very much an android wearing a human facade.  Fassbender does an amazing job of portraying David as just slightly off human and using that in-humanness to make certain scenes really unnerving.

In the end, “Prometheus” gets off to a great start but devolves into a hot mess in the second half as it doesn’t know what kind of movie it wants to be – a sci-fi movie that explores the origins of the human race or a prequel to the “Alien” franchise, and its that indecision that hurts the movie the most.  As I said previously, I love the “Alien” franchise and this movie did not turn out to be the prequel we were promised or at least thought we were promised. Hopefully “Alien: Covenant” can bridge the gap between “Prometheus” and “Alien” and be the film the brings this franchise back to prominence because the franchise deserves better than its current state.

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La La Land – Movie Review

La La Land – Movie Review

This past Sunday evening, I was about to head out to the store to get groceries to make my wife’s favorite dinner for Mother’s Day when I asked her if there were any movies that had come out recently that she might be interested in seeing.  After thinking on it for a minute she replied “La La Land”. Awesome! I’d actually been wanting to see it for a while so I was more than happy to feed the Redbox $2 for a Blu-Ray rental and make my wife’s Mother’s Day just that much better.  The only downside being that I took our three year old daughter with me to the store and she asked to rent “Monster Trucks” soooooooo there’s that…. (Side Note:  “Monster Trucks” wasn’t awful and my kid actually liked it and watched it twice before we took it back.  Of the parts that I paid attention to [I was cooking the aforementioned dinner], there was one scene that genuinely made me laugh.)

Like I said, I’d been wanting to see “La La Land” since before it was the talk of this year’s Oscars for all the wrong reasons but, because of all the hype and the Oscars fiasco, I waited a bit to see it. Sometimes too much hype around a movie can spoil it when you actually get to see it.  I don’t want to say that’s what happened for me when I finally got to see it, but I’m not sure “La La Land” is all it was made out to be during awards season.

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“La La Land” follows an aspiring actress, played by Emma Stone, as she tries to make it in Hollywood and a struggling jazz pianist, played by Ryan Gosling, as he tries to open up his own jazz club all while trying to make their relationship work.  If that story sounds a little bland and familiar, thats because it is.  It’s really nothing new or ground breaking plot wise but it’s what the actors do with their roles and what director Damien Chazelle does with the story that makes this film better than its familiar premise.

Stone and Gosling both sink into their respective roles and you really feel like the are real people versus just characters in a movie.  I will say that I think Stone gave a better acting performance, hence why she won the Oscar for Best Actress, but I think she her character had a little bit more to grab on to as an actor and had a little bit more to do in the movie over all.

With that said though, what Gosling did to prepare for this role is just as impressive as his on screen work. According to the trivia section on IMDB.com, Gosling spent two hours a day, six days a week taking piano lessons so he could learn all the original music by heart, to the point of being able to simulate performing all of the pieces on screen without the aid of CGI effects or camera tricks. As a musician myself, that is incredibly impressive.  While something like that may be lost on the average movie goer, it is well worth mentioning here and well worth giving it consideration when looking at this movie as a whole.

The cinematography, set design, and choreography also elevate this film.  The opening musical number on the gridlocked highway is a rather astounding piece of film making. There were a number of shots in this film where the cinematography and shot set up are simply brilliant, namely the apartment scene where Stone’s roommates are trying to convince her to go out to a party (which appeared to be a one take shot) and then the big dance number on the hill overlooking the Los Angeles skyline (again a one take shot).

Since “La La Land” is a musical, this wouldn’t be a full review without touching on the music. Composer Justin Hurwitz’s score and original music, while good, haven’t really stuck with me over the few days since I’ve seen it.  I, unfortunately, don’t have any one particular song stuck, rattling around in my head.  I can remember one line from “City of Stars” but that’s about it.  The most impactful music in the film has to be the jazz songs sprinkled throughout and, while I don’t remember any specific ones, it was the performance of them on screen that really resonated with me. With all the being said though, I have only seen the movie once.  I’m sure if I downloaded the soundtrack or watched the movie a few more times, the music would stick with me more but at first blush, nothing hooked me.

Without giving too much away, I did really enjoy the ending of this film.  It takes a somewhat unexpected turn but it really delivers on it’s choice in a way that I didn’t see coming.  I think it made a bold choice that most romance movies shy away from and it saw it through to the end and even saw fit to give us a rather beautiful and striking montage of what past events could have been.

In the end, I think I wanted to like “La La Land” more than I actually did and some of the blame for that can be placed on the insane hype machine around this movie and the…. occurrence at the Oscars.  For me, “La La Land” is a mediocre story elevated by some spectacular dance numbers, beautiful cinematography, and solid if not amazing performances.

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Weekend Box Office Breakdown – May 12th – 14th

Weekend Box Office Breakdown – May 12th – 14th

Once again it’s time for the bright spot on the Monday – THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!  – where we take a look at the weekend box office grosses and try to make some sense out of the wacky world of cinema!

Let’s get into it!

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $65,263,492 – 55.5% Drop

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Next to “The Fate of the Furious” in the #4 slot this week, “GotGv2” hanging on to the top slot is pretty unsurprising with the brand history behind Marvel films and the absoulte star power of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Kurt Russell backing up this film. I’m honestly wondering if it will hang on to the top spot again next week going up against a very, VERY different movie about space Aliens (not a typo) which doesn’t have as much star power or brand appeal.  I still have yet to see “Guardians” (which is driving me insane) but hopefully this coming weekend I can check out both it and “Alien: Covenant”.

#2 – Snatched – $19,542,248 – New Release

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I wasn’t expecting this movie to do too much business as it seems like another generic comedy serving as a vehicle for a tired comedian.  I’m honestly surprised it got as close to $20 million as it did considering Amy Schumer’s most recent comedy special was apparently not a comedy and Goldie Hawn hasn’t been a box office draw in 20+ years. It seems the ploy of releasing a mother/daughter comedy on Mother’s Day weekend worked at least a little bit and there was some good will for Schumer left over after her surprisingly good work on and in “Trainwreck”.

#3 – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – $15,371,270 – New Release

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Ouch…..  This one hurts.  I was really looking forward to this film but with terrible reviews and some questionable marketing, “King Arthur” seems to be a giant flop, making less than 10% of it’s production budget back in it’s domestic debut.  Even when including the global box office, this film only pulled in $44.9 million on a $175 million production budget.  I saw one headline estimating that “King Arthur” will lose Warner Bros. an estimated $150 million…..  Damn….  that is not good for the WB.  Hopefully “Wonder Woman” crushes the box office in three weeks to help WB recover.

#4 – The Fate of the Furious – $5,400,845 – 37.0% Drop

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“Fate” is still making decent money a month later and I’m not really surprised as it’s one of the better entries in the series (see my review here).  The really shocking thing here is not that it’s made almost $1.2 billion globally, it’s that $978 million of that has come from over seas, proving once again that a fair number of these mindless, action heavy blockbusters aren’t exactly made for domestic audiences.

#5 – Beauty and the Beast – $4,809,170 – 5.5% Drop

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Well it happened.  It finally happened. It took seven weeks but “Beauty and the Beast” finally came in over “Boss Baby”. This one I really believe had everything to do with it being Mother’s Day weekend, families going out to see a flick together, and choosing something that the whole family could enjoy.  This late in it’s run seeing a drop of only 5.5% is really surprising but again, I think that number is heavily bolstered by the holiday and I also think we’ll see the tale as old as time drop off the Top 5 after this week.

Well that’s it for this week folks! Come back next week as we see who wins the space battle between “Alien: Covenant” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”!

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Weekend Box Office Breakdown – May 5th – 7th

Weekend Box Office Breakdown – May 5th – 7th

Howdy Beardlings and welcome back to WildeBeard reviews where we are back at it after a week off and ready to dig into some box office numbers!  From the looks of things, not much has changed since our last weekend box office breakdown.

Let’s get into it!

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $146,510,104 – New Release

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Well Marvel and Disney have another smash hit on their hands and is it honestly that surprising?  At this point I’d be shocked if each successive Marvel movie DOESN’T make over $100 million opening weekend. I have not yet had a chance to go and check out the newest adventure of Star Lord and Co but I very much look forward to doing so as everything I’ve heard about it has been overwhelmingly positive.

#2 – The Fate of the Furious – $8,577,175 – 57% Drop

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Hanging on to the #2 spot is the newest entry in another reliable money making franchise, “The Fate of the Furious”.  Now this one, I have had the pleasure of seeing and while it may not quite be the movie I would enjoy seeing all the time, it was damned fun and I definitely recommend it to people as a fun, popcorn movie, summer blockbuster. Also during our week off, “Fate” sneaked into that exclusive billion dollar club as it currently sits at $1,162,229,939.  It’s a pretty safe bet Fast 9 isn’t too far away.

#3 – The Boss Baby – $5,976,818 – 36.2% Drop

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I gotta tell ya, I don’t have a lot left to say about this movie.  It shocked me when it came out, it has shocked me week after week as it continues to make money hand over fist, and it shocks me that it is still hanging around the Top 5 in it’s 6th week of release.  It will be interesting to see how much longer it sticks in the Top 5 as we get deeper and deeper in to the summer movie season.

#4 – How to be a Latin Lover – $5,144,904 – 58.0% Drop

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Being painfully honest again, I hadn’t even heard of this movie until it popped on the Top 5 last weekend taking in a startling $12.25 million on just 1,118 screens.  I haven’t even seen a trailer for this film much less know what it’s about past guessing based on the title.  It took a pretty significant drop from its first to second week and, just like “Boss Baby”, I doubt it will hang around the Top 5 for too long as this weekend kicks off a series of a new blockbuster every weekend for the next two months or more.

#5 – Beauty and the Beast – $5,087,749 – 25.5% Drop

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For Belle and Co, at least it’s not as lonely in the billion dollar club as it was there for a while.  “Beauty and the Beast” has a global total of $1,182,029,848 which “Fate” is closing in on pretty quick.  The real question here is, does the latest from the House of Mouse have the stamina to outlast “Fate” as it flames out or will Dom and the crew be too much for the tale as old as time?  My money is on Disney winning the day, as per usual.

That’s it for this week folks!  Come back Friday morning for the next entry in the Weekend Box Office Prediction series as we try to guess if “Guardians” can fend off Excalibur and Charlie Hunnam in “King Arthur” to keep the top spot!

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