Or more like What I Probably Won’t Watch, because it’s another busy weekend where moviegoing time is going to be at a premium. I didn’t get out last weekend for Zootopia or London Has Fallen, and with a race and a game day tomorrow and my regular X-Wing day on Sunday, time is going to be at a premium again. At least it’s a somewhat subdued weekend, giving me a chance to catch up.
First off, we have The Young Messiah, and I’m honestly surprised we got a prequel to Risen so quickly after its release. I mean, was anybody really clamoring for Jesus’ backstory from that one? Besides, we know how the story ends, with everybody getting baskets of candy and such, so I’m not sure this was such a smart move. Okay, snark aside, there’s actually some interesting ground to run through regarding the large undocumented swath of Jesus’ life. I’m just not sure this movie covers it. I think the most interesting thing will be to see if Sean Bean dies in this one too.
The success of Borat aside, people seem to be more interested in Sacha Baron Cohen as an eccentric lemur than as a real live human being. And it doesn’t look like The Brothers Grimsby is going to change that. The trailer I saw for it in front of Deadpool played to virtual silence, and the only feelings it stirred were ones of sympathy for Mark Strong, who deserves so much better than this. How do you know a film is in trouble? When it’s running time is 83 minutes. That means they want to cram as many showings as they can in a single day because they know it doesn’t have many days in it.
So this week’s winner looks like the film that I don’t think anyone had even heard of a month ago. But the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane grabbed everyone’s attention, and the connection to Cloverfield played no small part of that. More people have been talking about if and how it’s connected to that previous J.J. Abrams production than they have about this film itself. It’s to the point where no matter how good the film is, I fear people will spend the whole running time looking for links and callbacks and ignore the film that’s actually being presented. Which sounds like it’s really good in its own right from the early reviews. But you can’t evoke that earlier film and not expect people to hold you to it, which I hear this film does; just maybe not in the way people are anticipating. Regardless, this makes it undoubtedly the most interesting film this week.
Now if I can only find the time to see it.