Last Wednesday, while I was getting my mind blown by the perfection that was Baby Driver, Netflix released its latest and highly anticipated movie, Okja. Pulled from the creative recesses of the radical mind of Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) Okja sets out to shed light on our global reliance on genetically modified organisms for consumption by introducing us to a friendly, intelligent, computer generated super pig.
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Edgar Wright is a name that often elicits dumbfounded looks from the uninitiated and joyful, near-aneurysms from his loyal fans. Saying he’s one of the best directors working currently wouldn’t be a stretch but that highly coveted name recognition has been just beyond reach. With his latest movie, Baby Driver, in theaters this week, Edgar Wright is poised to be one of the most recognized names in Hollywood, not because this is his best film to date but because this is the best movie to come out this year.
It’s fair to say that Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman was the brightest spot of the lucrative train wreck that was Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Her radical hero reveal music alone was worth the price of admission and her ability to steal the show from two of the biggest comic book heroes in the world generated all the buzz her solo movie could ever need. Fast forward to June 2nd, 2017 and although the film world may not be dramatically changed, the DCU does finally have an enjoyable movie under its belt and what appears to be a commercial and critical success.
Although the unofficial start of the summer blockbuster movie season kicked of with the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie, June hits us with franchise installments and tent-pole films, week after week. And what better way to start off the month of June than with Captain Underpants and a Latino remake of the 3 Idiots.
Sadly, there’s no holiday to make fun of, or change in season to reference for this week at the movies. Happily, I’m still very pleased about having seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 a hand full of times since it came out. On everything that’s coming out this week however, I’m aggressively neutral.
From the outset, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 has all the makings of a hit. A sequel to a gigantically, if not surprisingly, successful movie, the latest from the Marvel Studios hit making machine, the middle movie in a planned trilogy, and the film that essentially kicks off the 2017 summer movie season! And like most situations where an expectation exists, the likelihood that the exact opposite will happen is staggering, the aforementioned success of the first film being a prime example. So, the fact that Vol. 2 met and exceeded my personal expectations is a feat worthy of applause and all of your time and money. How it achieved this “lofty goal” however is what makes this movie so enjoyable.
Hey! It’s Cinco De Mayo! The American tradition of celebrating appropriation of yet another people’s day of celebration as an excuse to get beyond wasted. Looking at you, anyone who has a Kiss Me I’m Irish shirt. So get ready to sneak some beers into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 because that’s really the only thing worth seeing that’s out this week.
There’s a lot coming out this week folks… and none of it looks particularly good. We’ve got some limited release movies from last year making their way to screens, an awards bait film that’s coming out way too early in the year and another beautifully shot nature documentary that is once again narrated by… Jim from the office? Just another case of an unqualified white man taking over a job vacated by a charismatic black man.