We get another barrage of movies this weekend, some of which look promising and others that look like filler between the summer and fall seasons. Regardless, it looks like this weekend’s releases are more about very focused tastes than movies with widespread appeal.
First up is another Ryan Gosling movie for 2011: Drive. The trailer makes this look like a ramped down version of The Transporter, only with the usually neurotic Albert Brooks in the villain role and Gosling filling in as a less intimidating Jason Statham. It’ll be interesting to see if Gosling has some action chops, particularly since the actor has been more focused on drama following his early days as a young Hercules. This is definitely filling out as the year of Gosling however, with his appearance in a mainstream comedy (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), this movie, and Ides of March coming soon.
For the ladies there’s the Sarah Jessica Parker comedy, I Don’t Know How She Does It. Parker hangs up her Prada fashionista Sex and the City sense and instead plays a wife and mother struggling to balance family and career. The trailer actually looks pretty good and (not to be mean) I think it’s easier to buy Parker in this sort of role at this point than as Sex and the City’s Carrie. Then again, I’m not in the target audience for this one, so what does my opinion matter?
Disney is releasing another of their contemporary classics in 3D with The Lion King (in 3D). The animated film has a special place in my heart and the trailer I saw attached to another 3D movie blew me away. I think it’s great to have the chance to see The Lion King on the big screen anyway, but I suspect I’m going to love the 3D part of this.
Finally, we get a remake of Straw Dogs, originally directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George in the psychological thriller. The remake sees James Marsden and Kate Bosworth take the lead roles, but I’m not sure they are big enough of a draw to bring an audience for a movie that’s a remake and that has also been undermarketed – particularly in comparison to some of the other films coming out this week. Even Tim – someone I thought would hold great appreciation of Straw Dogs – didn’t pick this one as his selection this week.
What are you going to see this weekend?