This weekend brings us 2 of the big guns of the fall movie season. The fall so far hasn’t been light on big films and runaway hits like “The Martian” and solid hits like “Bridge of Spies” continue to play well and should do so for a while longer, but the first couple of weeks of November traditionally bring the power players to the table.
Considering the pretty horrible things he’s been saying about the character and the grueling filming process, this could very well be the last time Daniel Craig straps on the Walther p3 and orders his signature martini as James Bond, so lets hope that his (could be) swan song, SPECTRE (PG-13 148 Minutes) is a worthy follow-up to the global phenomenon that was Skyfall,
The film has already been a smash hit in the UK, where it opened 2 weeks ago, but the reviews have been somewhat mixed, with the most common complaint being the marathon length of the film, which is right at 2 1/2 hours, making it the longest bond film yet.
The other big gun release this weekend is THE PEANUTS MOVIE (G 90 Minutes) a film that is near and dear to me. It’s the first feature film for the Peanuts Gang in several decades, and the first time the classic cartoon character is getting the CG treatment. I know that it’s the way all these kinds of films are done now, but to me, there is just something weird and slightly creepy looking about Charlie Brown and Snoopy and the rest with that ultra crisp and clean CG look.
I’m willing to give the film a chance, and if it retains the classic feel….the slow and casual non-adventures that were the most beautiful and wonderful cartoon of my childhood…then I might be able to learn to like the new look. But I warn you all now, if the film tries to update the characters and make them super fast paced and quirky and puts them on fast paced adventure where they end up saving the day or some other nonsense, I am out out out and I will be yelling from the rooftops that these peanuts are soggy and rotten.
That is IF……IF, mind you, that ends up being the case. The makers of the film have went out of their way to promise us that isn’t the case and right now I am giving them the benefit of the doubt, so we’ll see.
My personal recommendation for your viewing this weekend is a film that has become my favorite film of the year so far. It’s a film called STEVE JOBS (R 122 Minutes) and features Michael Fassbender giving my favorite performance by an actor this year. The performance, like the film, is magnetic and so relentlessly watchable that I have seen it start to finish 5 times and I’ve seen parts of it that lead up to watching the whole film probably another 3-4 times. It’s a film that features people standing around talking that plays like a thriller. The script by Aaron Sorkin, is a brilliant work of art. Any aspiring writer should study it and see how to progress a story through crisp and fast paced dialog. I love the film without reservation. And I didn’t really know all that much about the man going in, and I’ve never been an Apple acolyte. The film is just brilliant.
So if you are not into James Bond or don’t feel like dealing with the crowds opening weekend, and don’t quite trust the new Charlie Brown, then give your dollars to a great film that isn’t making any money at the box-office. In a couple of years when the film is a classic, you can be one of the people who can truthfully say you saw it on the big screen!
That just about does it for this week, but let me know your thoughts or complaints.
Until next time, Keep the Projector Threaded.