Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
Release Date: February 21, 2020
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth
Plot: A wealthy, young woman spends much of her time playing match-maker, while trying to avoid those that would want to marry her
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
Fans of Jane Austen will know that this film is based on one of the first romantic comedies to ever be written in book form. It helped to lay the groundwork for the tried and true Rom-Com formula we see in so many films, shows, and books today. By that account alone this is a film worth seeing.
This adaptation of the 1815 novel stays true to the original text in most cases. This is both a positive and a negative for the film and the audience. For those of you excited to see Jane Austen's words and characters come to life, your wish has been fulfilled. For those of you wanting to see a funny, fast-paced Rom-Com, you will be left wanting more.
That does not mean that this is a bad film. To the contrary, it is quite good. It is however, a comedy set in the 1800's that plays like it is still in the 1800's, so the conflict and the situations are very tame compared to our lives 200 years later. The same can be said as to how humor has changed in the last two centuries as well. I'm sure the writing was significantly funnier back then than it is today.
The acting is fantastic, including one of the best performances of her career by Anya Taylor-Joy. She commands the screen and the set with simple looks and gestures. Then as the secondary characters are layered into the story, we are blessed with a perfect cast for this film.
It is very early in the year, but it would not surprise me in the slightest if this movie ends up being nominated for a couple of Oscars for hair and makeup and for costume design. This film does masterful work in both of those categories.
If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you should make it a point to see this soon. If you were hoping for a period piece that has current-day flair, you'll need to readjust your thinking before you see this, otherwise you might find it a bit too slow for your liking.
PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE
Release Date: December 6, 2019
Director: Lino DiSalvo
Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Jim Gaffigan, Daniel Radcliffe
Plot: Two siblings get pulled into the Playmobil world and must figure out how to survive and get back to reality
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it
If you are hoping this movie is going to be something similar to THE LEGO MOVIE, you need to go ahead and readjust your thoughts immediately. While it is true that PlayMobil made every effort to copy Lego in the movie world, (even down to the live action scenes), they managed to completely miss the mark with this film.
I saw this movie with my family. Three of us hated it. The only one of us that found it slightly interesting was my six year old daughter. And even she wasn't super excited when it was all done.
On some levels this film is targeted to a younger audience, however the opening scene turns very dark, so if you take your younger kids to see it you might have some explaining to do.
As for the plot, this is one of the least entertaining animated films I've seen in a while. It seems like there are one or two animated films that fall flat. This is one of them. I was so thoroughly bored that I was thrilled when my youngest needed a trip to the bathroom. Any reason to escape this nonsense was good enough for me.
If you want to see a movie with the family this weekend, go see FROZEN II again. You'll wish you had if you go see this travesty.
Release Date: September 2, 2016
Director: Luke Scott
Stars: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy
Plot: When a science experiment goes wrong, a no-nonsense woman from the corporate office is sent in to clean up the mess
Clint Says: Wait for the DVD and make someone else rent it
This is the kind of movie where you walk out of the theater and afterwards say, "well, that was a whole lot of nothing." While the film does offer an interesting twist it isn't enough to make up for the unexciting and eye-rolling events leading up to the reveal.
There are several moments of convenience throughout the film in order to advance the plot and give the audience needed information. It is lazy story-telling, and that makes for a bad movie.
This film isn't necessarily boring, but it isn't interesting either. It's the kind of movie that is easily forgettable.