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Summer Movie Preview: May/June

Here in Boston, it was a long winter.  Long.  Winter.  But, after 4,000 feet of snow and six hundred treks to work in sub-zero temperatures, we have finally emerged into May.  You may have noticed that we got sidetracked from Movie DoubleTake for a while--after March we filled our days with thesis-writing (we graduated!  finally!), work-going (we're still working in marketing and insurance!  no update!), and hoping for warmer days (today it was 48 degrees!).  But, just in time for summer, we've pulled out our sunglasses and bring you...the summer movie preview: end of May/June.

Below we have given our brief takes on the movies coming out in the next few days and for the month of June, as well as our prediction for the Tomato-meter (what we think the film will score on Rotten Tomatoes):

 

A Million Ways to Die in the West

ALLIE'S TAKE:

It’s hard to not want to see A Million Ways to Die in the West, for many reasons, but mainly: 1) it is directed by and stars Seth MacFarlane, the director of Ted, which was awesome, and 2) Liam Neeson is part of the cast, and although I’m skeptical to see him in a role other than a badass dad finding his daughter, it’s interesting to see his scope.  I love Love Actually (link here), and therefore Neeson has my thumbs up.

Tomato-meter: 60%

BOB'S TAKE:

This is literally the only movie on this May/June preview that is a completely original property, so bonus points for that. The trailer looks reasonably promising but Seth McFarlane seems to never have written a joke he didn’t want to use, so there’s a big chance that all of this movie’s funny jokes are in the previews. Considering that the trailer ends with Seth McFarlane’s character ingesting hallucinogens and going on a bad trip (one of the oldest comedy tropes around and a gag he has already milked for Family Guy and Ted), I would say it’s more than likely.

Tomato-meter: 55 %

 "If only Brad PItt knew how much makeup I had to wear to look like this!"

"If only Brad PItt knew how much makeup I had to wear to look like this!"

Maleficent

ALLIE'S TAKE:

Angeline Jolie’s cheekbones star in this fantasy movie.  That’s all I got from the trailer.

Tomato-meter: 40%

BOB'S TAKE:

This film is visually interesting and dull in every other foreseeable aspect.  There are probably a hundred movies and television shows released in the last five years that have depicted some twist on an old fairy-tale and I have watched exactly zero of those, so I hope to keep my pristine record intact for this film.

Tomato-meter: 57%


 "That yellow Oprah couch would be comfy about now."

"That yellow Oprah couch would be comfy about now."

Edge of Tomorrow

ALLIE'S TAKE:

It might take Emily Blunt more than a cube of cheese to ward off the lightheaded feeling while watching herself in Edge of Tomorrow, but my bet is the vertigo’s from her wondering what possessed her to star in a movie with Tom Cruise.  (If you don’t get the cheese reference, you need to brush up on your chick flicks.)  Cruise, in other news, stars in the same movie for the 40th time.

Tomato-meter: 40%

BOB'S TAKE:

This looks like the equivalent of Groundhog Day, Source Code, and Transformers, which is like a milkshake with the ingredients of chocolate ice cream, bananas, and headcheese. I love a well-done science fiction film, but the genre probably has the highest failure-to-success rate of any genre, so I’m cautiously intrigued.

Tomato-meter: 64%


 The book is always better.  That's why we got our MFA's.  Yeah, that's why...

The book is always better.  That's why we got our MFA's.  Yeah, that's why...

The Fault in Our Stars

ALLIE'S TAKE:

I haven’t read this book, but the trailer makes me want to.  And the trailer almost made me cry.  Extra points.

Tomato-meter: 80%

BOB'S TAKE:

I can’t predict if this movie will be any good but I will certainly predict that at least twenty reviews will have the line “the fault in the fault in our stars is….”  The movie looks a little saccharine for my tastes but romance and cancer are the tearjerker equivalent of chocolate and peanut butter, so I’m sure it will find a big audience regardless. 

Tomato-meter 64%


How to Train Your Dragon 2

ALLIE'S TAKE:

I probably won’t see this movie, but hopefully it brings joy to parents and kids alike.  Or at least makes a kids’ movie somewhat bearable.

Tomato-meter: 70%

BOB'S TAKE:

The first film was a welcome breath of fresh air to lovers of animated film for being an original story in an ocean of uninspired sequels and remakes. Due to its success, it has now reached the dream of any film and spawned an uninspired-looking sequel.  I will probably never see this movie, but I have seen its forgettable trailer so I feel like I have give-or-take a few jokes and life lessons.

Tomato-meter 72%


22 Jump Street

ALLIE'S TAKE:

21 Jump Street was a surprise hit: Channing Tatum, in an actually funny movie?  A spinoff of a Johnny Depp show that did not star Johnny Depp?  What a surprise.  Still wishing Johnny was cast in a main role, but hey, what can you do, he’s busy wearing his fiancée’s engagement ring.

Tomato-meter: 50%

BOB'S TAKE:

There’s no reason for a sequel to a film based on a forgettable 80’s cop show to exist, but like the first film, it looks pretty entertaining in spite of all the logic that dictates that it should be horrible.  

Tomato-meter: 76%

 

Obvious Child

ALLIE'S TAKE:

Taking the idea of Knocked Up and making an actually good film?  I’m on board.  This movie looked a bit alternative for my taste at first (anything that leads off at Sundance automatically makes me think of the lost Prince Avalanche day) but after watching the trailer, the un-pretentious nature of the movie seems to come forward.

Tomato-meter: 70%

BOB'S TAKE:

The plot (a woman whose life is a mess has a one-night stand with a man she likes finds out that she is pregnant) looks like run of the mill romantic-comedy fodder but the trailer is funny and sad in all the right ways and Jenny Slate is great in everything I’ve seen her in, so I’m hoping for the best.

Tomato-meter: 88% 

 

 "Transforming is fun!"

"Transforming is fun!"

Transformers 4

ALLIE'S TAKE:

Mark Wahlberg can do better.

Tomato-meter: 50%

BOB'S TAKE:

Much like the work of Shakespeare, the rich commentary on the fragility of the human soul found in the Transformers universe keeps Hollywood coming back for more, and so now there is a fourth Transformers movie. It looks like they’re still playing the charade of casting humans and assembling a story instead of reaching the series’ logical conclusion and stringing together 90 minutes of explosions, but I’m sure this will be solved by the fifth movie. 

Tomato-meter:  35%