Fall Movie Guide: November 2011 – Week 3

Happy Feet Two

 

Written by George Miller, Gary Eck, Paul Livingston, & Warren Coleman

Directed by George Miller

Starring Robin Williams, Elijah Wood, and Sofia Vergara

“Mumble’s son, Erik, is struggling to realize his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home — one that will take everyone working together to save them.”

A few years back, Warner Brothers tried their hand at the animation game with the runaway hit Happy Feet.  Considered too cute to pass up by most theatergoers, of course we get round two, because not only do kids like to see the same thing twice, parents already know it’s something their child (and maybe them, as well) will like.

Despite the high cost of animation and the large salaries of the stars involved, these films are still really can’t miss, especially with a proven set of characters.  Being the weekend before Thanksgiving, parents that don’t get their kids out to see Happy Feet Two this weekend will surely have the chance come next weekend when they are off work and their kids have a few days off school.  By the time they remembered why they send their kids to school or a babysitter every day, they will be inside the theater, watching this film.

Happy Feet Two opened wide from Warner Brothers yesterday, expect it to take the weekend.

Rated PG.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

 

Based on the Novel by Stephanie Meyer

Written by Melissa Rosenberg

Directed by Bill Condon

“The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.”

If you’re reading this, you know what the Twilight saga entails.  You either love the shirtless characters and heavy melodrama, or you hate it with gusto.  There doesn’t seem to be much in-between on the series, but at the same time, those who love it pay again and again in theaters to see the film multiple times.  While they might not be most people’s idea of a good film, the Twilight franchise has proven itself with every film released, grossing higher and higher every time.

This one will be no different, and while it will have stiff competition for the weekend take, it will still do spectacularly, and play at least until Christmas.  No one is losing money here.  With that said, this film concerns Bella and Edward’s wedding, and surprise!:  Vampire baby!  Anyone interested in seeing the film likely already knows all the ins and outs, so I won’t waste anyone else’s time here, but everyone knows what they’re getting into at this juncture.

Breaking Dawn Part 1 opened wide in theaters yesterday from Summit Entertainment, and will provide them enough money to keep making smaller, stranger films.  Kudos to that.

Wilson said “Breaking Dawn Part 1 is a mess of a movie that gave me insight on what is one of the most popular movie/book franchises out today”.  Read the rest of his review right here.

Rated PG-13.

The Descendants

Based on the Novel by Kuai Hart Hemmings

Written by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, & Alexander Payne

Directed by Alexander Payne

“A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.”

Alexander Payne is one of the great, seemingly unknown filmmakers working in America today.  Here, he has teamed with George Clooney to adapt a novel, and much like Payne’s other works, it has a certain, skewed sense of humor with a strong dramatic core.  Clooney has done well the past few years playing these sometimes obnoxious, but often heartwarming characters.  Even those he attempts to make unlikable are defeated by Clooney’s unflinching charisma at all times, which always makes for an interesting character study.

Unfortunately, for most audiences, comedy with a brain isn’t what they’re looking for, so while they mentally prepare themselves for The Hangover 3, they can’t be bothered to see something that might challenge them as well as make them laugh.  Older audiences will respond, and the Academy has already taken notice, so the film will probably do well enough to at least make its money back, and extend the length of Payne’s career at least another movie or two.  This is a good thing.

The Descendants opened in limited release this past Wednesday, with plans for expansion based on the success of the limited release.

Jeremy said “The Descendants is such a perfect family drama that every single person can somehow relate to”. Read his review right here.

Rated R.

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