Friday July 29th marks a very exciting opening week for cinemas. You might be surprised, since all three mainstream releases look and sound rather dull, but that’s because the limited releases are taking the stage for this weekend.
Cowboys & Aliens is opening wide this week, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. Honestly, the film looks really bad. It reminds me of one of those kids with lice wanting to play on the playground. In a summer full of big action films like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II and even Green Lantern, you got Cowboys & Aliens just kind of sitting in the corner, not playing with anyone. The budget looks modest and the marketing is trying to sell it as a western meets sci-fi and has a fucking cute little kid, but the early negative reviews are really pulling this one down. The sad thing is that most reviews are saying that it’s boring, which is the last thing you want from this sort of film. Horrible story, bad acting, so-so special effects, those are all things that can be ignored if one is looking for a brainless 2 hours at the theaters, but boring is the killer. You can’t make a big, popcorn flick like this and get backlash saying that it’s boring! Dead in the water if you ask me, but I haven’t personally seen it just yet, so I can’t fully comment.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is coming in at just the right time to counteract Cowboys & Aliens. You had Captain America open last week for all the nerds and Friends with Benefits for all the raunchy comedy goers and now this week you can cater to those looking for a more mature themed romantic comedy or should I say romantic drama. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, but that isn’t to say it’s without flaws. Check out my review here.
Then you have the red headed step child of the bunch, The Smurfs. I guess if you want to wash the horrible taste of Cars 2 out of your mouth you can try it with The Smurfs, but that would mean that The Smurfs would have to be better, which I’m guessing isn’t the case. So cure your sore throat with herpes.
Now is where it gets good. Two particular films are getting limited releases on Friday and one is by far one of the best movies of the year. The other, The Devil’s Double, looks really strong. I’m really hoping The Devil’s Double is everything the trailer is marketing to be and more, but I haven’t seen it just yet and I don’t see a release date for Minnesota.
Attack the Block. Attack the Block. Attack the Block.
Attack The Block is scary, funny, action packed and unique! (Check out my review for it by clicking here) Joe Cornish knocks it out of the park with his debut feature! I had the pleasure of checking it out a few months back and it still has managed to stay on the top of my best of 2011 list. It really is something different. It’s so entertaining, the performances are spot on and relatable, the creature effects are very simplistic, yet frightening and the pacing is perfect. It’s one hell of a ride from start to finish and I can’t wait to check it out another 2 times in theaters and infinite times on Blu-ray.
All in all, this isn’t a horrible week for movies. If I had to pick one definite movie to see this week it would be Attack the Block, but if your more into the romantic films then by all means check out Crazy, Stupid, Love. I’d straight up pass on Cowboys & Aliens until it hits home video.
Stay tuned for our Cowboys & Aliens review, which will be up sometime by Saturday. Also, I had the chance to check out the Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) directed comedy 50/50, starring Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was really good. More drama than comedy, but when the comedy did show up it managed to make me laugh my ass off. Rogen really has matured a bit as an actor and JGL was great in the leading role. Kendrick stole the show in my mind, but don’t let me spoil it all for you! Anthony should have a review up within a few days! Mark September 30th on your calendar!
See ya next week!