Thursday, June 21, 2012

Our Preview of This Week's New Releases (for Friday, June 22nd)

Andrew: Hello readers! Time for our weekly preview, and unlike a lot of the past few weeks where there were only two wide releases, we're back to a weekend with three major releases. First up we have what I'm betting will have the largest opening weekend at the box office, Disney/Pixar's Brave.
Sarah, this is Pixar's first feature film where the lead character is a female, that female being the Scottish princess Merida (voiced by Boardwalk Empire's Kelly Macdonald), who rebels against her mother's wishes that she marry a suitable prince. What do you think about the fact that this is the first Pixar film to feature a female as the main character?
Sarah: Well I would say that it is about time. I'm really excited about this one coming out. It has been a couple of years since Disney and Pixar collaborated on a movie and they always seem to get it right. Their animation is always gorgeous and the characters are so well developed. Merida looks to be a great female lead for the new movie. She is young and spunky, so many kids will relate to her.
Official Trailer for Brave

A: This definitely looks like it's going to be a gorgeous looking movie, there's no doubt about that. I like that they're going with a female lead, because we've seen in Disney's past that the so-called "Disney princesses" can attract large audiences but also tell great stories.
I'm most curious about the fact that they've been keeping the true plot of the movie under wraps, and that it seems most reviewers have gone along with Disney and Pixar and not spoiled anything in their reviews. So I'm definitely intrigued to see where they go with Brave.
S: I have noticed that. They have been vague and mysterious. It's a refreshing change of pace for the movies.
Ok, we also have Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. What a mouthful! This movie starring Steve Carrell and Keira Knightly looks to be a smart, dark comedy. I've got some mixed feelings about this one. It doesn't necessarily look bad, but I think they have given away a lot of plot points in the trailers.
Official Trailer for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

A: I've been looking forward to this one since we saw the first trailer because it looks like another funny turn from Carell playing the straight-man. He's one of the very few comedic actors who can be funny without being over-the-top like Will Ferrell or Jim Carrey.
Anyways, I like the concept of this film and am interested in seeing how they portray various people's reactions to the end of the world, knowing that an asteroid is going to collide with Earth in so many days. I'm not too concerned with what's been in the trailers, because much like Brave, I'm sure there's plenty we haven't seen yet.
S: You could be right. I will hold my final judgment until after we have seen it though, of course. I will be interested to see Knightly try out her comedic chops. This British transplant has really made a name for herself in the States mainly in dramatic or action films, so I am excited to see her opposite Carell.
The last movie that is coming out this weekend wide is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I am super stoked about this one. It looks like it’s going to be a real vampire horror movie! I am so sick of people laughing in the theatres when this trailer comes on. It's not going to be a funny movie, people. Yes, the name is satirical, it's supposed to be. But it’s part of a group of books that put twists on classic stories.
 Official Trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

A: Oh yeah, people seem to be thinking that this movie is going to be tongue-in-cheek and it isn't. They're playing it completely straight, and I'm looking forward to that. Good vampire movies are few and far between, so I have relatively high hopes for this one. Not huge hopes, but I'm hoping it's just a fun ride.
I like the set-up: that a young Abraham Lincoln, being played by the relatively unknown Benjamin Walker, saw his mother killed by a vampire and goes on a lifelong quest to destroy them. Also, that vampires were a huge factor in the Civil War and slavery, etc. It's just a neat take on a fictional revisionist historical tale.
S: It really is. So I think it is safe to say that this weekend is going to be a great one for the movies!
A: Indeed. And we can guarantee that we'll be seeing all three at some point over the next week, probably starting with Brave! So be on the lookout for those reviews, and as always, thanks for reading!

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