Happy November, everyone! I hope all of you had a wonderful and creepy Halloween. Now that fall is in full swing, you all know that the flicks are coming in flocks! Say that five times fast!
So, what’s on the menu this weekend? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out! Welcome to the newest installment of WIB?!
American Gangster: I have been waiting (rather impatiently) as to when they would put these two highly charismatic actors together again. A New York cop played by Russell Crowe has to track and take down a crime boss played by Denzel Washington. Wait, it gets even better! Helming the director’s chair: Ridley Scott! As everyone saw how well Russell and Ridley pulled off Gladiator, you can guess that this movie is going to be sick. Denzel, naturally, will give it his all as another villain. One flaw, though… Judging from the trailer, I’m a bit wary of Russell pulling off a New York accent. Will It Bomb? There will be yet another Battle Royale on the horizon with the release of this! It will absolutely get into the Top 5, where it will duke it out with Saw IV. It could go either way. While Saw fans are still reeling with excitement, the sheer force of the Hollywood A-List Triple Threat could just blast it out of its comfort zone.
Bee Movie: I was really entertained by this trailer with Jerry Seinfeld in a huge bee suit and Chris Rock dressed as a mosquito (at least I think that’s what he’s supposed to be). While the trailer really doesn’t go into the movie itself, the fact that they were willing to look that ridiculous earns points in my book. From what I’ve read, it’s the story of a worker bee and his insect friends, and the bee ends up liking a girl. Not terribly original, but if the format works, they’ll go with it. Will It Bomb? Again, this features a great comedic cast: Jerry, Chris, Renée Zellweger, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton. This will be one for the kiddie circuit, and since there’s nothing out at the moment that would qualify for that category, it will make an appearance in the Top 10. I have a feeling it will land a shade under the Top 5. #6 or #7 spot, probably.
Martian Child: John Cusack plays another softie character in this film, where he adopts a cute little moppet, who thinks he’s from Mars. While Cusack uses unconventional parenting methods questioned by the local Social Services, you still get another nice, warmhearted family drama. It doesn’t matter if the kid is from another planet! The audience will have this reaction: Aww! Will It Bomb? This looks very lighthearted and cute. It will probably break into the mid-to-lower end of the 10. But, I am highly doubtful that it will crack the Top 5. At least, not up against Denzel and Russell.
Wristcutters: A Love Story: Suicide is never a funny matter, but this film brings out a “lighter side.” Patrick Fugit is transported to a suspended world where he learns that his life may not have been so bad. Will It Bomb? As always, indies are pretty hard to gauge. This will be going into wide release this weekend, so it will probably make a modest amount of dough. But I doubt that it will be a monumental financial success.
We’ve come to the end, but don’t be sad, kids. WIB? is back next week with another batch of new releases! For the recap of how my predictions held up, DIB? flies at you early next week. Catch you later!