Friday, August 13, 2010

Weekend Preview: 2nd Week of Aug.

Well, I think that this is the official end of the summer movie season, and what a disappointing summer it's been. Last year at was kind of similar, but at least we had the saving grace of District 9 and Inglourious Basterds. This year, the most renewal in our faith that we've gotten outside of Pixar and Nolan has been from this weekend's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which stands the best chance at nailing the box office this weekend. What does it have against it? The release isn't as wide as could be hoped for, and it's up against Sylvester Stallone and Julia Roberts. Still, I think the film will have enough traction with audiences to bring them back for more.

As for the opposition, the biggest threat is The Expendables, with a cast of masculine men who want nothing more than to kick peoples asses all over again. A lot of people have placed this as their top film of the weekend, but it doesn't look very interesting. Just chalk it up to every other action movie exactly like it. Even less of a threat is Julia Roberts' Eat Pray Love. I don't think this film has had any buzz going for it at all. The trailers scream schmaltz, and though I'm sorry to say it, Ryan Murphy (Glee) doesn't display the same charm on the silver screen as he does on television.

My opinion: If you're a woman who wants to see Julia Roberts cry, and suffer, and crap like that, go see Eat Pray Love (NOT a recommendation). If you're a man who wants regularly dull action and nothing more out of this weekend, go see The Expendables. If you want uniquely stylized action, perfectly timed comedy, and a sweet romance, go see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. As a matter of fact, just go out to see Scott Pilgrim, RIGHT NOW! Or when you're not busy working or spending time with your friends, or when you actually can afford to go.

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