The Movie Pass
It was a really exciting week for trailers as we were treated to some better looks at the Fall and Holiday slates of films coming out this year. First up is Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Rameses. This marks the second big budget adaptation of a Biblical story, but this one is likely to be more appealing to audiences. The visuals are absolutely stunning and the scale is undeniably impressive. Talented actors inhabit the roles, though it’s no surprise the casting has generated some controversy for white-washing the roles. More than anything, I just want to see if Ridley Scott can deliver another classic. Lately, he’s shown that he’s only as good as his script, and The Counselor and Prometheus, despite having big names attached to them, had some truly bizarre things going on. The screenwriter for this film is Steve Zallian, who’s worked on Schindler’s List, Moneyball, and The Social Network but also Hannibal and the remake of All The King’s Men. Generally though his output is quite strong. Cautiously optimistic for this one.
The other hot trailer this week is for David Fincher’s Gone Girl, the adaptation of the popular mystery novel starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. As usual, the film looks terrific, and the film seems to fit nicely among Fincher’s other works including Se7en, Zodiac, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Question is, is this an awards contender or just a really solid thriller like Dragon Tattoo? We’ll see. I wish Fincher would take on more varied work instead of adapting popular novels but there’s no doubt he’s extremely good at doing those adaptations, and perhaps this one is a little more grounded than the likes of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This one is out in early October.
Earlier this week, Bad Robot tweeted a picture of an IMAX camera in the desert, presumably Tatooine for Star Wars Episode VII. This confirmed that some footage will be shot in IMAX. That’s exciting given that Abrams was unsure that he would be able to do so for the film despite filming parts of Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX. The only problem is that by doing a post conversion to 3D, that will render a lot of the effect pointless, but Paramount for example is being kind enough to re-release Into Darkness with the IMAX footage intact, prior to conversion. Perhaps we may see something like that as well for Star Wars. As is, Batman V. Superman and Star Wars are the two films being shot with some IMAX cameras (taking the 4 in existence) which means we should get some stellar looking space sequences when Star Wars releases in December next year.
This weekend at the box office, there’s really one option, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to the popular semi-reboot/origin story which came out in 2011. That one turned out to be a pleasant surprise and this one appears to be even better. Currently there’s a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an 8.1 average. That’s incredible for a summer blockbuster, so definitely go check it out this weekend. Despite great reviews, it’s not expected for Dawn to launch to huge numbers, but it should certainly have a nice debut. I’ll go with $65 million or so, as tracking hasn’t been that great. With good word of mouth that can carry it to $200 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction should take in another $18 million or so while Tammy will be #3 with another possible $12 million.