Last weekend, all the new films somewhat disappointed, with Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’s Baby falling well below expectations and Snowden coming in right at them. This weekend, however, will tell a different tale as a Western remake and Warner Brothers second animated film find their way to theaters. Both of these, Box Office Mojo predicts, have the potential to open big, but with the spittle that was last weekend, it’s really hard to tell what will catch following the dismal summer of blockbusters. Plus, Kate Winslet finds herself in 1950’s Australia and James Franco finds himself in charge of a fraternity. Also, Morgan Spurlock has a new film and Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, and Jenny Slate all team-up in an ensemble Indie comedy.
The Magnificent Seven is the Western remake, retelling the story from the 1960 original, with an ensemble cast that rivals any blockbuster from the summer. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Byung-Hun Lee among others face off against the villainous Peter Sarsgaard. The original saw Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn teaming together. The trailers for the film have been awesome, cut in a way that brought the music and action set pieces to life. Denzel looks on his A game and rightfully so across from his director Antoine Fuqua who brought him Training Day and his Academy Award.
Storks will enter the box office landscape at a particularly good time in my opinion, with little in the way of animated fare these past few months. Sure, The Secret Life Of Pets, Finding Dory, and Kubo and the Two Strings are still mulling around, but Kubo was already over a month ago, leaving an entire 4 weeks of absolutely no new animated fare. You can count The Wild Life if you like, but it did not seem to quite stack up to the aforementioned films as was not something my toddler and sought out. Following their hugely successful release of The LEGO Movie, Warner Animation Group will not get even close to $69 million that LEGO brought in, but I do believe it will get parents and their kids into the theaters this weekend. It comes from director Nicholas Stoller, who brought you Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising earlier this year as well as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To Greek, and is also known for writing The Muppets with Jason Segel. That being said, the animated film is about the storks having moved on from delivering babies, but when there’s one last one to deliver, the misfits take off to get the job done. The voice cast is lead by Andy Samberg, so overall, this will be a must-see for my 3-year-old and I.
Other releases of note include The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, who plays the title character returning to her home in Australia, a foreign live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast starring Lea Seydoux, getting its release before the Disney live action version next year, a fraternity hazing film starring James Franco and Nick Jonas titled Goat, Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary Rats, and an Indie comedy titled My Blind Brother starring Adam Scott, the title character, and Nick Kroll, who plays his brother, as they fight over the same woman, Jenny Slate. Zoe Kazan also stars.
As far as my weekend goes, I will be trying my damnedest to see The Magnificent Seven, because not only are Westerns some of my favorite films, but the advertising for this film have been absolutely on point in getting my expectations to rise. The girls and I will also be venturing out to see Storks at some point. Ali, our three-year-old, just started pre-preschool this week, so there’s that to celebrate. Plus, on the home front, I’ve got some pictures to hang and some furniture to move over the weekend. I’m also hoping to dive into my Resident Evil fixation, in which I’m going to try and play through all the games. Also, I’m currently re-reading The Dark Towers series by Stephen King and just finished up Book 4: Wizard and Glass, this morning, so I’ll be looking to begin Book 5: Wolves Of Calla on top of all that.