It was nice to take a week off of Opening This Weekend, but with the release of possibly the biggest movie of 2010 looming just a day away (at least when you read this), I can’t stay away! Only one movie is dumb enough to run against it in wide-release and that movie looks, well, dumb. Let’s get this show on the road!
Opening This Weekend in…Wide-Release
Synopsis: The first part of the two part finale to the Harry Potter franchise pits Harry and his gang against Voldemort and his gang as they fight in the human world, all the while The Warriors attempt to make their way back to Coney Island amidst the chaos…okay not really but then at least I’d care.
Thoughts: I don’t care about Harry Potter, I’ve never cared about Harry Potter, and I never will care about Harry Potter. Ever since falling asleep during the first movie and barely being able to read 10 pages of the first book, I knew this series was not for me even when my friends got into it and I was looked at weird because I think wizards and magic are completely stupid and not worth my time. Warner Brothers was smart in splitting the final book into two movies (twice the profits) and even holding off the on 3D for this one since it wasn’t going to be ready in time. Rare for a studio to be smart about something, but it’s always nice. Otherwise…pass times infinity, but all you HP nerds have fun wagging your wands at each other or whatever it is you do.
Synopsis: Russell Crowe breaks his wife Elizabeth Banks out of jail and they go on the run. Takes place within an undetermined time frame. A week or something.
Thoughts: I’ll at least give The Next Three Days credit for having the balls to go against the Hogwarts-size juggernaut this weekend; and for that alone, I may give this one a shot even though the trailer went out of its way to get me not to. This doesn’t look that exciting to me, and Liam Neeson’s newest horrible American accent is grating. Still, it’s kind of nice to see Russell Crowe coming back, the man is a damn fine actor and an even better phone shot-putter (phone throwing jokes are still relevant in 2010 right?).
Opening This Weekend in…Limited Release
Synopsis: Historical fiction based on a 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenhem Car Plant where the female workers went on strike because of being sexual harassment. Oh those broads and their cute asses, what will they do next?
Thoughts: Sally Hawkins was fine in that movie about being perky (I’m not looking it up, you can’t make me), and here it looks like she’ll get to mix the humor and the serious together to form a fine soup. My colleague at The Film Stage Kristy Puchko did an interview with the film’s director, so check that out HERE if you want to know more about him or this movie.
And that does it for this week. Sad, I know, but next week things will beef back up for Thanksgiving weekend. Are you going to see HP7 or are you going to do something more interesting, like clean your gutters or clip your tonenails with your teeth? Does The Next Three Days excite you in ways that I can’t describe or possibly know? Let us at the Mobsters know below, you know? Go! Snow!
Sorry I got into a rhyme thing there, I hope you didn’t care.