What to See 3/7/14
Here is a break down of each new release because with the ludicrous ticket prices one must choose wisely.
300: Rise of an Empire (Rated R, 102 minutes)
Genre: Above all this is an action film hidden in a sword and sandal epic.
Plot: While Leonidas’s 300 fight at Thermopylae, Athenian general Themistokles attempts to hold the Persian navy from entering Athens.
Director: Noam Murro is nowhere near a household name; his first movie is the independent comedy Smart People. And I am unsure how that qualifies him to direct a large-scale action film. On a side note, why do they keep giving large scale movies to first time or independent directors; only a handful have been successful in their big-budget debut.
Cast: The main cast includes Strike Back’s Sullivan Stapleton and Casino Royale’s Eva Green. I like both actors in this film, however, people see this type of film for the visuals and not the acting.
Trailer: The trailer that had War Pigs by Black Sabbath basically guaranteed my purchase of a ticket. I was duped yet again.
Metacritic Score: As of its release day, out of thirty critics the film has an average score of 47 out of 100: which in my opinion is way too high of a score.
Should You See It: Now, I am bias because I saw this terrible movie. If you trust my opinion and like my reviews, I warn you to avoid this film at all costs. It lacks everything that made the original a fun ride. If you want a list of the many problems, then you could read my newly posted review.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Rated PG, 92 minutes)
Genre: Obviously, this is an animated film directed towards children.
Plot: Based on a short from the Rocky & Bullwinkle show, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is about an ingenious dog and his adopted boy. When Sherman accidentally uses a time machine to change history, Mr. Peabody has to race to save the future.
Director: Rob Minkoff directed one of the greatest animated films of all time, The Lion King. And even though his later films never matched his feature debut, he still deserves plenty of credit for that Disney masterpiece.
Cast: The two leads are voiced by Ty Burrell of Modern Family and the little known Max Charles. On top of this, the cast includes Dennis Haysbert, Leslie Mann, and Stephen Colbert; but these voices are not as important as the aforementioned leads. And from what I have seen, I believe that Ty Burrell and Max Charles will do a good job with one of my childhood shows.
Trailer: The trailer looks fun, but it highlights the immature humor, which attracts the ‘kiddies.’ Hopefully this film will be like The Lego Movie, which is an exciting movie for both kids and adults.
Metacritic Score: Currently at the moment, Mr. Peabody & Sherman has a 58 out of 100, which is based on 30 critics.
Should You See It: Again, this is a cartoon that I watched when I was little: the reruns always played on Cartoon Network. To be honest, it looks above average and I am hoping for the best. But the trailers did not properly sell this movie, which is unfortunate. I would recommend this to families who have already seen The Lego Movie.
Box Office Prediction:
300: Rise of an Empire