What To Watch This Weekend – April 7-10

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 animals are on the prowl and Thor battles the cold, as The Jungle Book gets a release in various states, and The Huntsman: Winter’s War goes nationwide. In limited release, Michael Moore looks for greener pastures in Where To Invade Next.

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book PosterRating: PG

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken

Synopsis: Mowgli is a human boy raised by the Indian wolves Raksha & Akela ever since he was a baby & brought to them by Bagheera the black panther. When the fearsome Bengal tiger Shere Khan threatens his life since man isn’t allowed in the jungle, Mowgli leaves his jungle home. Guided by Bagheera & Baloo the bear, he sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the man-hunting Shere Khan. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who do not exactly have his best interests at heart.

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Why you should care: This is one of two live action Jungle Book adaptations, the other Andy Serkis version is coming in 2018, and it continues Disney’s affinity with remaking all their classic animations with real actors. I’m personally not a real fan of the practice, and would rather see them sinking money into original fare, but this is the state of the movie business at the moment. In regards to this particular movie, I’m just not that excited. The Jungle Book was never one of my favourite animated movies from the Disney catalogue, so I can’t say I’m super jazzed to see the “reimagining” either. The voice cast that director Jon Favreau has assembled is top-notch however, and they seem to ably equip themselves as much as you can playing a giant orangutan or python. So while it has the potential to be a good movie, I feel like it’s going to be pretty dark and depressing in the non-Bill Murray featuring parts, so if that’s the kind of Jungle you’re up for, then you’ll probably be pretty pleased.

Who should see it: Those with Jungle fever

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Huntsman Winter's WarRating: M

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron

Synopsis: As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land; two renegades – Eric the Huntsmen – who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara set out to stop them.

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Why you should care: Has there been a less anticipated sequel in recent years? I can’t think of one. A sequel to 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman, they’ve taken the surprising and drastic step of jettisoning Snow White from her own sequel and instead focusing on Chris Hemsworth’s kinda boring non-Thor character, the Huntsman – sorry K-Stew! All of this is just an excuse of course to bring back Queen Charlize to snarl and look evil some more, so now we have a prequel that tells her backstory with her sister (Emily Blunt), that the Huntsman (does he have a proper name?) somehow figures into. Jessica Chastain pops up to, because she’s now in every movie ever. Come for the CGI magic and fight scenes, and stay for the scenery chewing.

Who should see it: Bad girls and those who love them

Where To Invade Next

Where to Invade Next PosterRating: M

Starring: Michael Moore, Krista Kiuru, Tim Walker

Synopsis: To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer.

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Why you should care: One of the most polarizing figures in documentary circles, Michael Moore is back after an extended absence to make Americans feel bad about what they’re doing, and try to provide them a way back to sanity. Instead of focusing on a small section of society (gun laws, government, health care), it seems that this time Moore is going broad and looking at all areas where other countries are excelling and America is falling behind. In typical Moore fashion, it’ll be slickly produced, though-provoking and have a nice helping of humour. Of course it’ll fail though, and when President Trump (*shudder*) nukes the hell out of all of us, we’ll watch in horror and think, “why could they just fucking listen to Michael Moore?”

Who should see it: The hopeful

With no new competition last week, the playing field was clear for Batman v. Superman to continue to rake in the cash. How’d it fair in it’s second weekend?

AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE – MARCH 31 – APRIL 3BOX OFFICE SHOWDOWN - AUSTRALIA MAR 31

Source: Urban Cinefile

Unsurprisingly, Dawn Of Justice stayed on top, but with a 65% drop to $4.5 million, Warner Bros. should be a little alarmed. Their prize DC Universe starter doesn’t look like it has the legs to match Avengers or even Iron Man, so it doesn’t bode well for future installments. I’d expect some re-jigging is happening in the producer ranks to right the ship in time for Justice League.

Basking in the glow of the family audience embrace, Zootopia bopped up 1% to take in $3.1 million, up one slot to 2nd place. It’s not even school holidays yet, so I’d expect this Disney hit to keep grossing big long into May. Suffering a minimal 30% drop, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 dropped one slot to 3rd with $2.7 million. It’s two week total stands at $9.7 million. It has a ways to go before it reaches the $27 million height of the first movie, but 15 years after the fact Universal has got to be happy with the response.

The rest of the top ten was pretty static from last week, except for Aussie drama The Daughter, which seems to be resonating with local audiences, and jumps two spots back into the 10th spot with $156K. It’s total now stands at $1.2 million which is pretty good for a niche release on less than 100 screens.

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!

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