With so much grabbing for your attention and dollars these days, it’s easy to miss when the latest releases are heading to a cinema near you. So come back every week as we here at So, Is It Any Good? preview the new movies hitting screens, and give you the lowdown on what to watch this weekend.
After weeks of blockbuster action, this weekend sees some smaller gems get their time in the spotlight and hit the nostalgia button in the process. Eddie The Eagle aims to soar, and Midnight Special tries to phone home.
Eddie The Eagle
Starring: Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman
Synopsis: Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel good story about an underdog that refused to give up.
Why you should care: Taron Egerton made a great first impression in Kingsman: The Secret Service (a favourite of mine from last year), and so it’ll be interesting to see if that charisma carries over into this little flick. From the looks of the trailer it does. A throwback of sorts, this reminds me a bit of CoolRunnings, joining itin the “underdog at the Olympics” subgenre of sports movies. Add in a little Hugh Jackman charm, and it should be a winner.
Who should see it: Snow bunnies
Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst
Synopsis: A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend.
Why you should care: Take Shelter and Mud signalled director Jeff Nichols as one to watch, and now he’s making a bold play for the Spielberg crown with a family oriented sci-fi tale. The cast is strong, the premise is interesting, and the director’s shown he has the goods. I’m not sure what to make of this one, but I’m definitely intrigued.
Who should see it: Those looking for a close encounter
Last weekend an influx of new competitors was sure to mean a change of guard at the top of the charts, but who prevailed when all was said and done?
The Jungle Book stampeded into the top spot, overwhelming all other releases with a mighty $6 million. It seems the Disney strategy of live-action adaptations is paying off between last year’s Cinderella and now this. In the States, it took in a monstrous $103 million over the weekend, and it’s worldwide gross is now $338 million. No need for bare necessities here…
Melissa McCarthy continued to show her drawing power, opening The Boss in 2nd place with $2.1 million. Although a good number in the face of tough competition, it’s down from the opening of last year’s Spy, which opened with $3.6 million. Maybe she needs to switch up the formula a bit, but before that she’ll reunite with Bridesmaids conspirators Kristen Wiig and Paul Feig for Ghostbusters.
The last of the newcomers, Divergent Series: Allegiant opened in 3rd place with $2.08 million, which has to be a blow to the franchise, and follows weeks of sub-par worldwide returns for the three-quel. The previous entry, Insurgent, started with double the gross ($4.1 million) just last year. Allegiant‘s poor opening doesn’t bode well for the release of the final chapter, Ascendant, due next year.
So, who’s getting your hard earned dollars this weekend? Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you’ve watched, and if it’s any good!