‘Dumbo’ Review

This weekend Disney’s launches their newest live action, Tim Burton directed film, Dumbo. Based on the very well-known 1941 animated film, Dumbo tells the story of a baby elephant born with abnormally large ears that ridiculed by everyone in the circus, however, manages to overcome his deformity due to his large ears giving him the ability to fly.

This new iteration of Dumbo falls in a long line of Disney live-action makeovers such as The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Maleficent, and the soon to be released The Lion King, Aladdin, and Mulan.

For the first half-hour to forty five minutes the film is par for the course. Burton reintroduces characters known to the audience from the animated film, and acquaints us with newly introduced characters played by Colin Farrell, Nico Parker, and Finley Hobbins.

However, after that the entire movie switches over to a version of what can only be described as Dumbo II. If you’ve never heard of Dumbo II, that’s because it has never been made. Burton takes this opportunity to make the mythology of Dumbo all his own and it doesn’t exactly work. Especially Michael Keaton’s character V.A. Vandevere, who is more cartoonish than the 1941 film. He is a basic Disney Richie Rich screen villain – shadowy lair and all. Continue reading “‘Dumbo’ Review”

Reel Movie News Podcast – Angelina Jolie Joins Marvel and More!

This is my latest episode of the Reel Movie New Podcast!! Give it a listen! If you like it, leave a comment and like below and let’s make a discussion out of the topics.

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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Trailer Dropps

CBS Films and Lionsgate teamed up to bring us the first full look at Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  Based on the book series written by Alvin Schwarts.

The film is directed by André Øvredal, best known for the smaller horror films, Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, and produced by Oscar winner Guillermo Del Toro.

Check out the trailer below.

The film has a horror Jumanji  vibe – a group of kids open a book and read from it, and things from the book come into the real world.  However, unlike the beloved jungle movie, this one has a lot more terrors in it.

The teens are played by Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Gonzhorn. 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark drops in theaters this fall – August 9th.

What did you think of the trailer?  Have you read any of the stories from the book series?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Angelina Jolie in Talks to Join Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

Angelina Jolie, who is no stranger to being in action movie, is in talks to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in The Eternals, another superhero team feature that is being directed by Cloe Zhao.

The Eternals is based on the Jack Kirby created comic about superpowered, near immortal beings known as Eternals.

As of now there is not much more known about the project, however, according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter one aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.  It is unknown who exactly who Jolie will be playing but it is being speculated that it may be Marvel’s first openly gay character.

The Eternals does not have a release date as of now, however Jolie will be finishing up Disny’s upcoming Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, then jumping right into working on the new Marvel project.

What do you think of Angelina Jolie’s potential casting in The EternalsDo have you ever heard of the Eternals?  Who will she play?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ Trailer Dropped

It’s here! The trailer that everyone has been waiting for has finally dropped – a trailer for the upcoming Angry Birds Movie 2.

This time around the plot seems to be moving away from a more character driven film like the first and is focusing on a more traditional conflict between birds, pigs, and new ice-cold rivals on the next island over.

Check out the trailer below!

The film stars voices of Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Nicki Minaj, Dove Cameron, Awkwafina, Danny McBride, Lil Rel Howery, Pete Davidson, Zach Woods, Eugenio Derbez, Beck Bannett, Brooklynn Prince, and Leslie Jones.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 opens August 16th.

What did you think of this new trailer?  Did you like the last Angry Birds movie?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

New ‘Bond’ Film Reportedly Starts Filming This Week

If reports are to believed, the new, and possibly last iteration of the Daniel Craig lead Bond film will begin shooting this week!

The still untitled Bond 25 will begin its filming in Norway this week according to a report put out by MI6 HQ.  While the outlet is not an official site for updates (it is more of a Bond Encyclopedia for unconfirmed reports), the story has some outside support, because it is being said by Daily Mail that the film’s director, Cary Fukunaga, recently flew out to Norway this past weekend – ahead of the start of the supposed production.

There are still many things about the upcoming film that are not yet known.  It has been rumored that Rami Malek, who just won an Oscar for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, is attached to the movie, possibly in a villainous role.  However his involvement has not yet been formally announced.

With filming starting up it is only a matter of time before we get more information about the movie.  Bond 25 is set for an April 2020 release date, and if they just started shooting then expect them to make that date.

What do you think of production starting on the new Bond film?  Do you like Daniel Craig as Bond, and who should take his place after this movie?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

‘Dora the Explorer’ Trailer Drops

The first trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold has dropped, and it shows that the film may actually take quite a departure from the Nickelodeon show.

While the show is known for teaching really young kids what a square and a spoon look like, this movie isn’t taking an educational route at all.  It is more like a young Tomb Raider movie.  I mean, come on – Dora throws a knife!

Check out the trailer below.

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon team up to bring this action version of Dora the Explorer. The film stars Isabela Moner in the lead role with Eva Longoria and Michael Pena as her parents.

It’s a interesting take on the character.  Having Dora and her classmates kidnapped, then having to escape the bad guys while finding a lost city in the middle of a jungle.  Let’s see if the studios can pull it off.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold hits theaters on August 2 of this year.

What did you think of the trailer?  Will you be going out to see this movie? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

March 22-24 Box Office Report

Another weekend at the box office and another weekend of annalists getting their predictions very wrong!

Jordan Peele‘s Us, his directorial follow up to the smash hit Get Out, soared past all expectations making over $70 million domestically. Making this film the 3rd highest horror debut of all time! It also became the biggest domestic opening weekend of an original R-rated film, beating out the previous record holder, Ted.

Captain Marvel also managed to make another $35 million – continuing to build its earnings and get ever so closer to the $1 billion mark worldwide. It is easy to speculate that Captain Marvel will become a billion dollar earner within the next two weeks.

Check out the official top five positions at the box office below!

  • No 1. Us – $71,117,625 in its first weekend of release.
  • No 2. Captain Marvel – $34,271,793. Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $320,749,628.
  • No 3. Wonder Park – $8,761,117. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $29,238,421.
  • No 4. Five Feet Apart – $8,547,539. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $26,258,603.
  • No 5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World– $6,520,065. Bringing its total gross in its 5th weekend to $145,739,695.

What do you think of this past weekend’s box office results?  Were you expecting the new horror movie Us to do so well?   Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

New Trailer for ‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’

If you have seen John Wick: Chapter 2, then you know that the entire world is ready to kill him – and this trailer beautifully orchestrates that point.

Check out the trailer!

John Wick 3: Parabellum brings back Keanu Reeves as the brutally deadly Mr. Wick, as well as Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, and new comer Halle Berry.

This new trailer shows everything that fans of the John Wick franchise have come to love: headshots, guns, adrenaline pumping action, well dressed dudes, and more headshots.

John Wick 3: Parabellum will be hitting theaters May 17th of this year.

What do you think of this new trailer?  Are you looking forward to the new movie?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Drops First Trailer

Well, it has finally happened.   After a year of only hearing about news and rumors surrounding the 9th Quentin Tarantino film we are finally getting our first look at it.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt together for the first time in the backdrop of a 1960s Hollywood.  The acting duo play Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, a washed-up actor and his long-time stunt double.

Check out the trailer below!

Tarantino wrote, directed, and produced Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and was inspired to create this film due to his upbringing in 1960s Tinseltown amidst LA’s hippie-crazed counterculture.  The two characters Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth live next door to Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie, in 1969 – durring the rise of the Charles Manson cult.

The film also stars Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, and Bruce Dern who is playing the rancher who owned the infamous ranch where Manson and his followers lived.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set to release on July 26th.

What did you think of this trailer?  Are you looking forward to seeing the new Tarantino film?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.