Hello again, my geeky friends. This weekend brings us three very different films. One is a high concept comedy, one is a high concept horror film and one is a high concept Shakespearian film.
THE INTERNSHIP (PG-13 119 MINUTES)
Back in 2005, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn scored a hit with Wedding Crashers, which was a high concept comedy about two guys who do what the title suggests and crash weddings. Now 8 years later they reunite on-screen to play two down on their luck salesmen who go to work for the web mega company called Google.
I have to admit this: I have sat through the trailer for this at least a dozen times over tha last few Months and I haven’t laughed once. The audiences I have seen the trailer with have always laughed though. This tells me that either I have lost my sense of humor (I haven’t) or this is a very well made concept film that is going to sell a lot of tickets and make lots of money at the box office. My hunch is the second one. That is perfectly okay. I am sure it is a harmless time passer and if you go in with that attitude, you will have a pleasant enough time.
Opens Tonite with special showings starting at 10 pm.
THE PURGE (R 85 MINUTES)
Set just a few years in the future, this film tells the story of an America where crime is almost non-existent due to a new law set down by our new founding Fathers. One night a year, on June 7th, for 12 hours, all crime is legal. Ethan Hawke stars as a guy who has gotten rich off of selling complex security systems to help people lock down their houses and ride out this annual event in comfort. When one of his kids makes a fateful decision during the latest Purge, all hell breaks loose and the night becomes a fight for survival for him and his family.
This is a film I am very curious about. I first saw the trailer when I saw the remake of Evil Dead a couple of months back and I have been excited for this one. It is the definition of high concept but it looks like it could be a fun ride if done right.
At the very least, it should go down easy enough with a running time of barely 90 minutes.
Showtimes begin tonight at 10pm everywhere.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (PG-13 105 MINUTES)
I have to admit this is kind of a cheat. For reasons beyond me, this film doesn’t open this weekend in Charlotte, but it will in a couple of weeks and even though I’ll talk about it then too, I’m going to talk about it now as well.
Back during the filming of The Avengers, Director Joss Whedon had this passion project in his back pocket. Once they finished shooting The Avengers, when most Directors would use the mandatory Month off before beginning the post production laying on a beach and sleeping, Joss Whedon decided to shoot another film.
Gathering together his friends and using his own house as the set, Whedon shot his modern-day version of Much Ado About Nothing. Being a long time fan of anything Joss Whedon connected, going all the way back to first season Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I am very excited to see what he has done with this classic Shakespeare play.
Even though we must wait a few more weeks, I can’t wait to see this film on the big screen.
Well, that’s it for this week, but next time we will discuss the miracle of a Superman who actually punches things!
Until then, keep the projector threaded.