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4/15 Movie Trip

Paul McGuire Grimes from the website Paul’s Trip to the Movies is her to tell us about Disney’s new live action remake of The Jungle Book. Also he tells us about a movie he calls one of the best films of the year so far. And previews two films coming to theaters soon.

THE JUNGLE BOOK (theatrical release)

Disney is back with another “live action” version of one of their animated classics. After the death of his father, Mowgli, a little man-cub is raised by a pack of wolves after being rescued by a panther named Bagheera. When the weather dries up, the animals of the jungle all gather at Peace Rock in harmony to share the limited water available to them. He’s the only man-cup out there and finds himself the target of the evil tiger Shere Khan who wants to kill Mowgli. Now that the wolf den is no longer safe, Bagheera leads Mowgli on a quest through the jungle to reach the man village and find safety. He comes across other animals along the way that may or may not have his best interests at heart.

-Directed Jon Favreau who has previously done family films like Elf and big adventure/CGI work with the Iron Man movies.

-Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupta Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, and Garry Shandling

-Casting is spot on. As the evil tiger Shere Khan, Idris Elba has a looming and scary presence whenever he is on screen. Very reminiscent of Scar in The Lion King.

-The beginning is very dark and depressing, but Bill Murray’s entrance as the lovable bear Baloo is a needed sigh of comic relief. He is quintessential Murray, which will make the parents laugh harder than the kids. The same goes for Christopher Walken.

-Stunning special effects work on bringing the animals to life. It’s all done with CGI with the actors lending their voices to the characters

-Animation is so spectacular that the animals look extremely lifelike and puts you right in the middle of the jungle. You believe you are on this same adventure with Mowgli and can easily forget it’s all computer effects

-Skews for an older crowd despite it being a Disney movie based off one of their beloved animated classics. Might be too scary for very young kids who may be too frightened by a tiger, monkeys, and a snake that are chasing after this young boy. May be hard to differentiate between fantasy/make believe and reality, especially when a 3D snake comes out of the screen

-Doesn’t have all of the music from the cartoon, but some of the hit songs are back like Bill Murray singing “The Bear Necessities.”

-Great lessons for kids about facing your fears and not being afraid.

Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Disney has done it again!

RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS


MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (theatrical release)

An amber alert is sent out when eight-year-old Alton Meyer goes missing. The kidnapper just happens to be his father, Roy. The media outlets have released Roy’s image but are unaware that his friend, Lucas, is also involved. The FBI’s manhunt throughout Texas takes them to a religious cult whose leader has been spouting sermons that have classified government info coded in them. When a government official starts interviewing members of the cult, he is given an eye-opening realization into their belief system and how the boy plays into it. They believe he has special powers and will be part of Judgment Day that is scheduled for March 6. It becomes all too clear that Roy and Lucas are not the villains that they are portrayed to be, but rather a father doing what he can to save and protect his son.

-Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, and Paul Sparks

-Written and directed by Jeff Nichols. He’s an indie director whose previous credits include Mud, Take Shelter, and Shotgun Stories.

-Dark, mysterious, intriguing. Nichols keeps the film very much in the present. The story takes such interesting turns as their getaway continues. At first you think it’s about a boy being kidnapped only to have crazy religious cults and the supernatural come into play. Anything becomes possible.

-Dialogue kept short, answers come few and far between like little clues being left for a larger puzzle

-Sci-Fi, fantasy elements to it reminiscent of The X-Files, E.T. or Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

-Go in with an open mind and know that it takes a complete 180 from where it starts. The ending is a bit ambiguous and will no doubt spark conversation if you see it will someone.

Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Easily one of the best of the year, and yes, it does live up to its title.

RATING: 4.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS

 

FIRST LOOK AT NEW TRAILERS

DOCTOR STRANGE

Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch can rejoice and lineup for a Marvel film this year. He plays the title character as Dr. Stephen Strange, whose career as a neurosurgeon is ruined after suffering a horrible car accident. When he seeks out his journey of healing, he meets a mystic known as the Ancient One who opens his eyes to a whole new spiritual dimension.

-Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen.

-Swinton’s role of the Ancient One is typically a male character in the comics, but after she was hired, they’ve been the role more ambiguous. It’s another complete transformation kind of character for her.

-Second film in Marvel’s Phase 3, but the first film to feature this character

-While many of the past Marvel films have been very action heavy with comedic undertones to them, Marvel has really focused in on sci-fi/fantasy aspects of this story in a way that we haven’t seen yet.

-Looks to have a Christopher Nolan/Inception vibe to it with it shifting timelines, realities, dimensions

RELEASE DATE: November 4


SUICIDE SQUAD

The worst of the worst of Gotham’s villains have been locked away, but now they are seeing the light of day again. A secret government agency wants to release them as part of a mission to track down a larger known entity in exchange for their freedom.

-Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Common, Scott Eastwood

-Jared Leto takes his stab at playing the Joker and looks to have an extremely different take on the character. He along with Margot Robbie as his girlfriend Harley Quinn will be the breakout stars of the movie

-Next film in the DC Cinematic Universe following Batman v Superman. Ben Affleck does pop up as Batman in this battling the Joker and Harley Quinn

-There is a growing demand for R-rated, violent, and flashy comic book movies due to the success of Deadpool. Director David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) is not one to hold back on a fast paced, in your face ride.

-Music like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz” play up that fast, energetic, rock style to it.

RELEASE DATE: August 5