Madagascar 3 has owned the box office for the last two weekends, but that's all about to change. Disney Pixar's Brave will have kids all across the country dragging their parents to the theaters and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is looking for blood this weekend. Take a look at what big summer movies are getting released today.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
If you’re looking to see a good movie this weekend, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, may or may not be just the one. Depending on whom you talk to, you’ll either hear that this film is entertaining and historically accurate, or that it’s lacking the comedic aspect that a film about a president-turned-vampire hunter insists. According to usatoday.com, “The film dances around solid themes: racism, nationhood, the embodiment of evil vs. the spirit of good.” It sounds to me like the goal of the movie may not be 100% clear to moviegoers. The film, produced by Tim Burton, is based off of the second novel in the series by Seth Grahame-Smith who first showed up on the entertainment radar with his novel Pride Prejudice and Zombies.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has a bit of an obscure cast, featuring Benjamin Walker, who aside from being Meryl Streep’s son-in-law is widely unknown. Other actors include Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth-Winstead, and Victoria’s Secret model Erin Wasson. Watch the trailer below and decide for yourself whether Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is worth the cost or another vampire film flop.
Brave is the film about a young girl, Princess Merida, who decides she is tired of people making decisions for her. When she makes a deal with a witch and everything goes haywire, she must use her bravery to not only save the kingdom, but to choose her own future. Surprisingly, Merida is Disney Pixar's first female heroine. The message of the film seems like a great one for children, and Disney Pixar is always entertaining for all audiences. Critics have given Brave good reviews so far.
Brave was directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, and Steve Purcell. According to IMDb.com, the Irish cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connonlly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, and Robbie Coltrane. It's kind of nice to see a cast with a few unfamiliar names and voices. Personally, I think it's great to have a female character who is a pro at archery, and who is not tall, skinny, and blonde.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
This film is a dark comedy about what happens when the world ends. It stars Steve Carell and Keria Knightley and follows their story as the two new friends go about what they believe to be their last days. According to mtv.com the film, written by Lorene Scafaria, is getting mixed reviews. They quote a few different critics and their less-than-loving opinions:
“The sad sack in question is Dodge, a New York insurance salesman played by Steve Carell with the air of melancholy that serves, in his big-screen roles, as the functional equivalent of a 'Don't Call Me Michael Scott' T-shirt. Mr. Carell has a penchant for wounded and wistful romantic roles. Here, as in 'Dan in Real LIfe' and 'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' he is a nebbishy guy so far out of the Darwinian sexual rat fact that he becomes irresistible to women.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Penny feels equally underwritten, which leaves the awkward sight of Knightley, evidently still stuck in 'A Dangerous Method' mode, straining to appear girl-next-door cute while her facial expressions scream 'mental patient.'”—Peter Debruge, Variety
I think the fact that people have so much to say about this film just shows how relevant it is. It seems like in our lifetime especially there is so much talk about the world ending. Every couple months someone else SWEARS the world is coming to an end, and we would all be lying if we said we hadn't thought about what it would be like if it did. What would we be doing? How would we feel? The reason we find so much judgement for this movie is because we have such strong opinions on the subject it is highlighting.
To Rome With Love
Yes! Another Woody Allen movie. I'm a huge fan, so forgive me for the next two paragraphs. Allen's most recent films, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris did a great job of highlighting the everyday beauty of the cities the took place in; Spain and Paris, respectively. That's exactly what is so charming about his films, they focus on the everyday lives of very average people, but somehow turn them into something magical.
Sonyclassics.com explains the film to be a sort of Love Actually type of format where different stories intersect with each other but do not interfere. These particular stories all take place in Rome. They include an architect, a young couple, and parents coming to meet their daughter's Italian boyfriend for the first time. Another reason I'm excited about To Rome With Love is because Woody Allen is starring in it! Along with him are Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Ellen Page. I will be running, not walking to the theaters for this one!