NUNN'S THEATER HABIT
May Madness Moves into the Movies
Thu. May 9, 2019 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn
May is shaping up once again to be an important month at the cinema leading into Memorial Day Weekend. The live action Aladdin tale should do well over that weekend for the kiddies and adults that grew up with the cartoon. The magic carpet will hopefully fly higher than Dumbo if Will Smith does the classic role justice.
Avengers: Endgame continues to dominate at the box office. It broke Infinty War's record with nearly $100 million more by taking home $357.1 million on opening weekend.
It's one of the best superhero flicks ever made with just the right amount of humor and action. To some, it may seem dauting being the second of a two part movie and having a running time that warrants an intermission at over three hours. You don't have to watch every Marvel franchise movie to prepare, but definitely see Avengers: Infinity War and don't drink fluids around your screening time if possible!
The new version of Hellboy didn't stand a chance in hell of beating these other comic characters. The Dark Horse Comics dark hero got a reboot with a harder raiting thanks to some gore. The behind the scenes proved more interesting than Milla Jovovich's body parts since Guillermo del Toro was not offered to be director or writer and Ron Perlman would not return without him.
John Wick 3 was a much better action film than Hellboy and suprisingly improved on the other two movies in the franchise. Keanu Reeve's long hair deserves its own Instagram account and the man continues to create weapons using household items at age 54. Here's a piece of paper to cut someone with, Keanu, for part four!
UglyDolls seems out of place after the toys were popular in 2001 with a cartoon finally made in 2019. The voices used in the computer animated film are fun to listen for with many artists I have interviewed in the past. Lizzo just told me she didn't have time to watch the movie yet so how can she expect the crowds to? Wanda Sykes improv hit the mark and Pitbull was cute as Ugly Dog in the movie that really needed to turn up the volume in music and humor. For something completely differet, the movie Tolkien tells the tale of a student named J.R.R. Tolkien who goes on to write The Lord of the Rings books. I wanted more scenes showing how the books that molded my childhood were made. I did learn how to say his name correctly and how much the First World War affected him though.
Teen Spirit seemed like a true story that is complete fiction. Copying off reality competition shows and the tired story of a small town girl that makes it big, Elle Fanning just doesn't have the chops to deliver some of the iconic songs that she tries to cover. Not only does her mother change her tune suddenly, but things end predictably for the young singer with big dreams in the storyline. If she had only called Kelly Clarkson over at UglyDolls to get some advice.
The Hustle debuts May 10 with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson playing con artists. Wilson drums up some chuckles at the beginning thanks to her slapstick, but the two together don't work and Hathaway's Josephine never really gels. When a man swindles them, the female empowerment that could have turned Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on its ear goes off the rails. Instead of this one, go directly to the female driven Booksmart to be schooled on how a comedy should be done on Memorial Day Weekend.