The Movie Pass
Let’s start off today’s post with the leak heard around the world, the trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel was intending to show this after next week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but following the leak, Marvel just uploaded the official trailer. The focus on this one is Ultron. Ultron delivers a threatening monologue to our favorite heroes throughout the trailer, and James Spader nails the narration as expected. Other highlights include our first glimpse at the Hulkbuster armor in action (powered by three arc reactors no less!) going up against the Hulk himself. The color palette is also a little more muted than the first film was, going hand in hand with the darker tone that this trailer at least seems to indicate the film is heading. But, I expect a lot of the humor to be retained, similar to how Iron Man 3 featured a good amount of comedy despite having a teaser filled with dread. There’s plenty of intriguing stuff to analyze here and the bar definitely has been raised, even if we have yet to see some of the money shots that are surely scattered throughout the film. But I’m sure nobody needed convincing to go check the film out, we’re all going to be there on opening weekend.
The Aaron Sorkin biopic of Steve Jobs has been in the works for the past couple years, initially set up with David Fincher before ending up in the hands of Danny Boyle, and also going through actors like Leonardo Dicaprio in the process as well. But it looks like it’s set to be Christian Bale for real this time, as Sorkin confirmed Bale is going to be their Steve Jobs. Jobs has already been recently portrayed by Ashton Kutcher, though the film drew negative reviews. Critics were more mixed on Kutcher’s portrayal, though complimented him on his visual similarities. I think Bale can absolutely pull off the look but the question is whether we’ll see him as an obvious imitation of Jobs rather than fully inhabiting the role. I feel like this biopic is coming too soon, but with this kind of talent both in front of and behind the screen, it’s hard to imagine that this isn’t a winner.
We’re a couple weeks past the release of Annabelle, a spinoff to The Conjuring, and considering that performed about as strongly New Line could have hoped for, it’s no surprise the studio is moving ahead with The Conjuring 2. What is noteworthy however is James Wan is coming back to direct the film. Given that he is directing Fast and Furious 7, it was unclear whether he’d be returning back to the horror genre any time soon since he may be doing additional Fast and Furious films. This is a big get, as Wan has directed some of the most popular horror films of the past ten years and The Conjuring was one of the best received horror films this millennium so far. However, because of Wan’s schedule, it looks like fans will have to wait until 2016 before they get to see the sequel.
At the box office this weekend, there’s two wide releases, with the first being John Wick. John Wick stars Keanu Reeves as a hitman who goes on a murderous rampage after a couple of thugs kill his dog, a gift from his dying wife. As absurd as this plot sounds, it has stunningly great reviews, with 93% of critics recommending the film as of writing. Hopefully this marks Keanu’s comeback as an action star! Horror fans can check out Ouija, a movie designed around the spirit board that usually means bad things. This one is getting panned, with just 10% of critics enjoying the film so far. At the box office, I’d expect Ouija to take the #1 spot with around $25 million while Fury and John Wick battle for the #2/#3 spot with around $13-14 million each. I’ll give the edge to John Wick for now, but it hasn’t been tracking well. I’m hopeful that the positive word of mouth will spread.