As we talked about on this week’s show, March is a very weird month for releases. With titles like Mirror, Mirror and The Hunger Games, I guess I expected more from the month. After all, this is when we’ve gotten gems like Watchmen, Rango, and Alice in Wonderland. This year, the offerings are significantly slimmer. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see many film fanatics bypass theaters this month altogether, or at least the first few weeks.
This week sees the latest adaptation of a Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax. The book is an environmental parable and clearly the movie is going to be as well. The question is how heavy-handed the message is… and how muddled it is by the story’s expansion, because you know they’ll have to add more to turn the short story into a feature-length film. Blue Sky Animation and 20th Century Fox did a good job with Horton Hears a Who, but is Universal behind this adaptation, so who knows how it’ll turn out. Let’s just hope it’s more Horton than Cat in the Hat - and I don’t mean the animated one.
The other release this week is Project X, the “reality” party movie about a couple of shlubs who wind up throwing the party of the year. Think American Pie only with a big party and a quasi-realistic approach. None of the commercials have convinced me this is going to be worthwhile, but with so little showing up in theaters this weekend who knows – it might find an audience, particularly now that the high-brow Oscar season is over with.
Here are our picks for the week:
What are you going to see this weekend?