This weekend has a little for everyone. Hotel Transylvania aims for the family crowd. Looper will suffice for those looking for action and sci-fi, and this weekend’s drama will be Won’t Back Down. This weekend I’d recommend seeing Dredd (2012) and Looper (2012).
Hotel Transylvania (2012).
I’m hurting inside. I don’t have high hopes for any movie that is riding the coattails of Twilight with a vampire romance animation theme. The story centers around Mavis, the daughter of Count Dracula, who falls in love with an immature sounding tourist who happens upon their residence. Dracula is voiced by Adam Sandler. The dialogue is what’s hurting me. There are many pop culture references and annoying characters that will bore children and give parents migraines. 5 Beers.
I want to see it! The concept of time travel has always fascinated me: Terminator, Back to the Future, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure just to name a fun few. This film centers around Loopers, who travel in and out of time assassinating their targets. It’s outlawed and only a few crime organizations do it. The only concern I have about the plot is that the looper, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is assigned to kill a man who claims to be him – 30 years later. I feel as if the ending will disappoint me, but it might be a good enough flick. It has already been reviewed as A Toast by Bill Arceneux, but based on the trailer, I’d want bring at least Two Beers.
Won’t Back Down (2012)
Lost me with the soundtrack (Maggie, what are you doing!?). A movie made for Lifetime is brought to the big screen with a strong cast: Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Holly Hunter. Based on true events, the film aims to highlight the faults of the public school system. The film screams Oscar bait but has a soundtrack that screams awful. The protagonists blame the public school system for the failures of their children’s academic performance. I know I’m old when Maggie Gyllenhaal is playing a mother. The one thing that bugs me about this trailer is that a poor mother has no time to teach her own child how to read but suddenly finds enough time to take over a school. Give me a fucking break. No… give me Four Beers.