Animated Shakespearean twist
After a lacklustre start to the box office year, this weekend we could see turnaround.
With four strong new releases this week, it does not matter which one is number one at the box office because it is the industry that is going to win.
Gnomeo & Juliet is an animated retelling of the classic Shakespeare tale, in this case it is the story of two star-crossed garden gnomes who try to avoid tragedy when they are caught up in a feud between neighbours.
Although director Kelly Asbury previously helmed Shrek 2 and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and it features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, the star power behind the scenes are producers Elton John and his partner David Furnish.
The soundtrack will feature songs by Elton John (including duets with Lady Gaga, Nelly Furtado, Miley Cyrus and Kiki Dee).
Also listen for the voices of Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Ozzy Osbourne, Dolly Parton, Hulk Hogan and Shakespearean actor (and former starship captain) Patrick Stewart as a character named Bill Shakespeare.
Gnomeo & Juliet started at Disney, but was shut down soon after production started.
It eventually ended up being produced at Toronto-based Starz Animation and through a strange twist of fate, is being distributed by Disney subsidiary Touchstone Pictures in the United States (it is distributed by eOne Entertainment in Canada).
It is rated General with no warning is in 3D in select theatres.
Speaking of made in Canada, the Justin Bieber bio-pic Never Say Never arrives in theatres this weekend.
Now, I have heard numerous people question how a 16-year-old merits a retrospective already, but his thousands of young fans already have the answer, and the people who ask the question will likely not be seeing the movie anyway.
The story of his meteoric rise to stardom is presented alongside 3D concert footage. As I write this there is no British Columbia rating for the Bieber film, but in the U.S. it is rated General with no warning.
The Eagle features Channing Tatum (Step Up, G.I. Joe, Dear John) as a 2nd Century Roman soldier who embarks on a quest to find his father and the missing Ninth Legion, who never came back from a mission to Caledonia (today’s Scotland) 20 years earlier. The Eagle is rated PG with a warning of violence.
Love him or hate him, Adam Sandler is like comfort food for movie theatres—usually starring in a heart-warming story laced with sophomoric humour.
Just Go With It looks like it follows that formula, as Sandler plays a plastic surgeon trying to woo a younger woman who must enlist his loyal assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to cover-up a careless lie that snowballs out of control.
I tend to talk down about Sandler but I have liked quite a few of his movies, and this one looks like it could be like some of my favourites from his past such as 50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer and Anger Management.
Along with Aniston, there is another “A-list” actress in the cast, but I didn’t realize it at first.
It wasn’t until I read the cast list that she was in it, so I will leave that as a surprise to see of you recognize this well known actress in the film.
Just Go with It is rated PG with no warning.