It’s a cold Friday morning Eugene, a week before the summer movie season begins, and the anticipation is palpable. With big names like Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Harry Potter finale (that really just scratches the surface), coming in the weeks ahead, this will be the last weekend without some sort of gigantic blockbuster release for awhile. Hollywood is even trying to jump the gun even sooner this year with our slate of offerings today.
First up is the uber-hypedFast Five, that is actually getting really good reviews. It’s (technically not) the 5th sequel in the Fast and the Furious franchise that started 10 long years ago. Starring the cast from 3 of the movies, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Jordana Brewster. Switching locales to stunningly filmed Rio, Fast 5 is directed by previous helmsan, Justin Lin, returns to what looks like a spectacularly wild ride. Fast 5 is rated PG-13 for language, violence, half-naked women, and intense situations.
Then we’ve got the very, very interesting looking Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, based on an extremely famous Italian comic. It stars Brandon Routh and Sam Huntington as supernatural private eyes, along the lines of Constantine, but funny. (Curious how much Brandon Routh and Keanu Reeves look alike). Dylan Dog seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans… and is rated PG-13 for sequences of creature violence and action, language including some sexual references, and some drug material.
Then there is the family-friendly sequel, Hoodwinked Too. I’ve never seen the original, nor even know what a Hoodwink is, but Miss Amber (my little girl) tells me that it’s all the rage. Red Riding Hood is called to examine the sudden mysterious disappearance of Hansel and Gretel in this fairy tale animated adventure. Hoodwinked Too is rated G for cuteness.
Lastly is the teen comedy (?) Prom starring a cast of unkowns, this movie follows a group of teens as they prepare for their high school prom. I don’t remember high school ever looking like this, even for the people who were paying attention and going to class. The Disney production is just the kind of spoon-fed trash I really don’t want my kids watching… let them stick to animated movies and stop trying to rule the world. Prom is rated PG.
Have a great weekend Eugene, and don’t forget Disorient: the Asian Film Festival!