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.
This weekend, the mighty ape is back in Kong: Skull Island, dead men tell sex jokes in the British comedy sequel A Few Less Men, and meet the man behind the critiques in David Stratton: A Cinematic Life.
Here’s what to watch!
Kong: Skull Island
Starring: Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, John C Reilly
Synopsis: An action/adventure story centered on King Kong’s origins.
Why you should care: I can’t say I was psyched to see another King Kong movie after the bloated Peter Jackson mess, but this one has piqued my interest with it’s trailers and the 1970’s setting. Reactions have been decidedly mixed on whether this one truly hits the mark, but if you’re up for a bit of monster action, they’re the only game in town pretty much.
Who should see it: Monster lovin’ maniacs.
A Few Less Men
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop, Ryan Corr, Shane Jacobson, Deborah Mailman
Synopsis: In the comedy sequel to the worldwide hit A FEW BEST MEN, David, Tom and Graham must transport their friend’s coffin back to London after a forced plane landing strands them in the middle of the Australian bush.
Why you should care: I can’t say that I remember the original A Few Best Men, so colour me surprised when this sequel popped out of thin air. It looks like a remake to Weekend At Bernie’s, and if you’re into that, then you’ve got your weekend sorted. Anyone looking for higher brow comedy than dead men with boners need not attend this funeral.
Who should see it: Boisterous Brits.
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
Starring: David Stratton
Synopsis: A compelling personal journey with David Stratton, as he relates the fascinating development of our cinema history. David guides us from his boyhood cinema experience of Australia in England, where he saw the first images of this strange and exotic landscape via the medium of film, to his migration to Australia as a ‘ten pound pom’ in 1963 and onto his present day reflections on the iconic themes that run through our cinematic legacy.
Who should see it: Cinephiles… and Ben
So, what’s getting your hard earned dollars? Are you in it for the monster carnage, carnal chuckles, or thoughtful biography? Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you’ve watched, and if it’s any good!