Movies Opening in Connecticut – Weekend of August 23, 2013


We follow three weekends of terrible studio output with a fairly dull duo of films!  I added an exclamation mark there to create a sense of urgency where none exists.

Anyway, in theaters today is a well-reviewed Edgar Wright comedy that has no marketing hook, and yet another supernatural-young adult series turned wannabe-film franchise.

The World’s End: Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) re-teams with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for the final installment in their loose “trilogy” of genre comedies:

Shaun of the Dead was a clear-cut zombie movie spoof.

Hot Fuzz was a satire of 80’s/ early 90’s cop buddy comedies.

The World’s End, judging strictly from the trailers, is about bar hopping and getting older and alien invasions and android duplicates and the end of the world and zombie-like crowds of people with glowing eyes and then there’s a giant robot and fuck, I don’t know what else.  I feel like the studio has failed to deliver any reason for people to to see the film theatrically, which is probably unavoidable given the lack of an easily marketable concept.

Why it might be good: Wright’s track record is solid and reviews (92% on RT!) are excellent.

Why it might be bad: Despite the praise, many critics are pointing to the film’s pacing as an issue.

Personal interest factor: 5

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones  –  Sounds like a video game movie, but it’s actually based on the Best Selling Young Adult manga series about wizards or maybe witches or time travelers or immortals or supernatural teens.

I tried writing a synopsis based on the summary of the book on Wikipedia, but I give up.  Here’s what IMDB says it’s about: “When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.”  So yeah, there you go.

Why it might be good: Several reviews praise the film’s willingness to embrace it’s own silliness.

Why it might be bad: Director Howard Zwart, everything else.  Film currently sits at 13% on RT.

Personal interest factor: 1

For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running The Fifth Element (1997) and The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958) Friday-Sunday.


4 responses »

  1. Hadn’t realized that The World’s End had tanked in England (where it opened a month ago). That’s unexpected, but probably speaks to the marketability issue.

  2. David Edelstein of New York Magazine calls The World’s End the most entertaining movie of the year. But I doubt I’ll see it in the theater–it screams rental.

  3. WORLD’S END is definitely *one of* the year’s most entertaining movies. It’s consistently very funny, and, no joke, it has some of the year’s best fight scenes too. There are some third act script issues that keep the film from being great, but they don’t get in the way of the steady flow of jokes and wonderfully choreographed action sequences.

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