Weekly Box Office Review: Week One
Summertime is fast approaching, and that can only mean one thing: summer blockbusters. Voice writers Esteban Cajigas and Lenny Rowe present the top ten at the box office this week, providing a synopsis and decide whether or not you should see the film. Films are ranked in order courtesey of Fandango.com
1.) Iron Man 3
Esteban Cajigas: Something has to be said about a movie that fended off some strong competition to stay at number one among movie goers. Packed with all the action needed in a super hero movie, this is film one of the most entertaining on this list. Compared to its predecessors, I would say that it is better than Iron Man 2 but not as great as the first.
2.) The Great Gatsby
Lenny Rowe: Spiderman (Tobey Maguire) stars as Nick Carraway in the newest remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel. The film has received mixed reviews from both critics and fans alike, but if you want to see a modern take on a timeless novel; check out this movie. It can’t be as bad as some people say it is.
You can also check out our full review of the film here: http://suffolkvoice.net/2013/05/10/movie-review-the-not-entirely-great-gatsby/
3.) Pain and Gain
EC: If you’re looking for an Oscar winning master piece then this is not the movie for you. However The Rock and Mark Wahlberg do provide enough laughs to go around and entertain you. Not really a family movie but definately good enough to go see with your friends.
LR: Tina Gordon Chism and Tyler Perry try to battle The Great Gatsby with a comedy featuring a regular person trying to fit in with his girlfriend’s high-class family members. Things go awry when Wade Walker (played by Craig Robinson) crashes his girlfriend Grace Peeples’ (played by Kerry Washington) family reunion. Critics review it 50-50, but some people might enjoy this film. It clocks in at an hour and thirty minutes, but there’s better films to see this week. Save some money and see this film another time.
EC: I think it’s fair to say that Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford really came to life in this film. Already considered one the most successful baseball themed movies of all time, I would recommend it just about anybody. With an inspirational force behind it you will enjoy it from start to finish.
Read our full review of this film here: http://suffolkvoice.net/2013/04/12/42-jackie-robinson-story-movie-review/
LR: Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper in a futuristic film that has him all alone on Earth battling evil aliens. Harper finds something during his adventures that changes everything he thought as sacred, and must fight his way to save the world. Critics say this film flops, so go see Iron Man instead of this film.
7.) The Croods
EC: Packed with household names such as Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and some pretty fantastic visual effects I would say this is the “go to” movie to take your little siblings. While the story itself is not very daring or breath taking It is safe for the whole family. It’s also very interesting to know that a sequel is rumored to be in the works. Either way I wouldn’t recommend this unless you’re going with your little brothers or sisters.
8.) The Big Wedding
LR: Don Griffin (Robert De Niro) hates his ex-wife, Ellie Griffin (Diane Keaton). The catch is, their adopted son (Ben Barnes) is getting married, so they have to get along for a weekend. Critics and fans have absolutly ripped this film, claiming a poorly-written script obscures the all-star actors. Instead of seeing The Big Wedding this week, you could watch paint dry, or see a better film.
EC: Mathew McConaughey has never been one of my favorite actors but it seems like he really invested himself into his role. Already being considered an Oscar contender for next year, Mud has been getting some pretty great reviews. This coming of age story will engage you and involve you every step of the way as a fugitive runs from the law with the help of two arkansan teenagers. Do yourself a favor and see this movie before everybody else does.
10.) Oz The Great and Powerful
LR: Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is a magician in the middle of Kansas. He goes from small venues to the magical Land of Oz in the blink of an eye. Diggs must choose between good and evil in what appears to be a decent looking magical thriller. It’s a precursor to The Wizard of Oz, so it may be an interesting to take to see things before they go south for Oz. It’s two hours, so it is a bit of a grind. If you’re a fan of The Wizard of Oz, check this film out. If not, wait until it is out of theaters.