After a few weeks of meh releases, Hollywood seems ready to bring the thunder. At least in terms of box office potential. This week three films open wide and two of them have great potential to take a heaping chunk of the audience this weekend.
First up is the return to the big screen for acclaimed director Bryan Singer. Having not directed a theatrical release since 2008’s Valkyrie, the pressure is on for Singer to deliver with his big budget, effects filled retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack the Giant Slayer might not deliver on the promises of its trailer, but it is indeed a fun adventure filled with some quality, if somewhat over-the-top, performances. Look for our review soon.
Where Jack the Giant Slayer reaches for family oriented crowd, 21 and Over wants the college crowd. Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers of The Hangover, the film has been advertised as a college version of that film. It is and it isn’t (our review coming soon) but it will provide you with plenty of laughs and truthfully that is its only job.
Finally, the awfully named, The Last Exorcism II picks up where the original left off. We didn’t get into a pre-screening of it and the marketing has been awful so… you know I’ll be there to see it this weekend.
On the home video side of things, Blu-ray releases are really light this week. For those that didn’t get it from Best Buy last Halloween, you’ll be able to pick up The Nightmare on Elm Street collection. Also, the fantastic Wreck-it-Ralph (which was robbed of the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar) is also out. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should do yourself a favor and get on that.
What are you watching this week?