Well, that whole “stay up late and still try to function the next day” thing isn’t really working out for me so well. But I just can’t resist a great binge, not to mention uninterrupted sister time.
I know I’ve been a slacker, but bare with me…I promise to get back on track before the end of the summer!
The Legend of Tarzan is visually stunning (with some killer CGI effects!) and a good enough popcorn movie for the summer. It’s a unique take on the legend, with glimpses of the tale we’re used to only in flashbacks…and not nearly enough shirtless loincloth business, in my opinion. (I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s #1 reason for seeing this is the perfect specimen that is Alexander Skarsgard.) The cast was a little all over the place with tone–I feel like Skarsgard was the only one grounding the film with a natural, winking performance. (Sam Jackson and Christoph Waltz played it a bit campy, as usual, and Margot Robbie tried desperately not to play the damsel in distress…actually saying that in some clunky dialogue.) But I think it’s one of your best bets of what’s out there right now, and definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
My kid pick this week is The Secret Life of Pets, which is pretty adorable. Jenny Slate’s Gidget was the scene-stealer for me.
Eye In The Sky is worth a rental if you missed it in the theater. Fantastic cast-it made me miss the late Alan Rickman desperately. (How can you go wrong with Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and Rickman?) The pace is perfect for this suspenseful drama, with the events playing out in real-time. It’s just the right amount of frustrating and nail-biting, as the the military and politicians in multiple countries try to make a difficult decision–the worth of one person’s life versus many. Riveting.