Opening in Chicago, 06/17

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The Art of Getting By (trailer)
Director: Gavin Wiesen
Personal Interest Factor: 4
Not sure what this is, except that it stars Freddie Highmore, who was last seen as the kid in Willy Wonka, and Emma Roberts. Teen angst stuff, I guess. Brutal reviews for this kind of thing.
Metacritic: 38

Green Lantern (trailer)
Director: Martin Campbell (Beyond Borders, The Legend of Zorro, Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness)
Personal Interest Factor: 5
Supposedly terrible, which is too bad, coming from the occasionally good Campbell. Can’t say that I quite understand the concept here – he has a ring that allows him to do whatever he wants? How is he vulnerable with a weapon like that? These are questions that are never really dealt with satisfactorily – even the Superman legend never really truly got around this kind of inherent flaw in its premise (Other supermen! Random aliens! Magic rocks!).
Metacritic: 40

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (trailer)
Director: (Mean Girls, Just Like Heaven, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past)
Personal Interest Factor: 2
I don’t really see any possibility of this not being a total embarrassment for all involved.
Metacritic: 51

The Trip (trailer)
Director: Michael Winterbottom (9 Songs, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, A Mighty Heart, The Killer Inside Me)
Personal Interest Factor: 8
Looks funny. I enjoyed the hell out of Tristram Shandy, and this finds Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a random road trip. Brydon’s weirdly oblivious moronity is especially amusing to me.
Metacritic: 82

6 responses »

  1. Exactly…
    Look at the one clip they released: so he has a ring that can make ANYTHING. And he fights this giant space alien by creating springs?! to throw a large tanker and then a WWII-era flak gun (seriously) to explode the tanker in the face of the alien, and……. *arms out, palms up, shrugging shoulders*…..huh?!

  2. Watched Green Lantern on HBO the other night. It’s certainly Campbell’s worst film (and I’ve seen No Escape) and easily ranks near the bottom of the last two decades of superhero films.

    Casting, script, effects…it’s hard to think of a correct decision they made anywhere in the filmmaking process.

  3. Hahahaha…I just watched that, too-and I was just going to write on here that though it’s certainly not good by any stretch, I thought Green Lantern wasn’t AS BAD as it’s been made out to be.
    Glad I held off…wait, but I just did write it.
    Oh, well. it wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting.

  4. It’s certainly Campbell’s worst film (and I’ve seen No Escape)

    I dunno. I haven’t seen all of his films (such as No Escape), but I’d rate Green Lantern above The Legend of Zorro.

    Green Lantern is not at all good, but at least Campbell is still enough of a craftsman that it’s not all that painful. The story is really lame and Reynolds seems pretty clueless, but it’s reasonably well paced and Sarsgaard is amusing. Could have been worse.

  5. Saw ‘Green Lantern’ – maybe it was because I rarely watch modern comic book films (and don’t really care about how faithful they are to the source material) and had low expectations, but I didn’t mind it.

    It never reaches great heights but it’s generally nicely paced and easy to take and thought the maligned Reynolds (who I’ve always liked) was a good hero.

    It has a couple of weak sections (a very clunky flashback sequence, a silly bit where Blake Lively is able to launch missiles by typing furiously on a computer keyboard) but I think what lets it down is that there’s a lack of overall detail for it to really work. And also too much on concentrating setting up a franchise instead of film working on its own terms.

    Still, not a bad film. Rating C+

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