There isn’t exactly an abundance of new choices this weekend but, depending on your taste, that shouldn’t be a problem. Two very different films are being released. One has Javier Bardem in another wild haircut and a sexy Cameron Diaz, and the other has a lot of males in the 18-35 demographic pretty excited about Johnny Knoxville wearing fake old man balls. Sounds like a win-win type of weekend. With Gravity and 12 Years A Slave still in theaters, more like a win-win-win-win type of weekend.
JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Spike Jonze
Johnny Knoxville flies solo from the rest of the Jackass crew as Irving Zisman, a character introduced in the previous Jackass films also directed by Jeff Tremaine. The film follows a loose narrative format, a la Borat, in which Zisman travels across the country with his grandson Billy (played by Jackson Nicoll) so he can be reunited with his father. Knoxville uses Zisman to set up dangerous and obnoxious pranks with his grandson to shock the public and entertain audiences.
If the moment in the trailer that Zisman makes it rain on his grandson at a beauty pageant puts a bad taste in your mouth, avoid this one. If it makes you cry with laughter, as I did, then this is the movie for you this weekend.
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Dean Norris
Killer cast. Big name director. Classic author. What a combination. In Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, written by Cormac McCarthy (author of No Country for Old Men), Michael Fassbender stars as a lawyer who gets involved in an illegal business deal that spirals out of control. Fassbender is always solid. Cameron Diaz looks scary, sexy and electrifying for the first time in years. Javier Bardem is back with a ridiculous haircut. Cruz rarely disappoints. What could go wrong?
Some reviews have not been the most positive for the film. Some say the screenplay isn’t as good as it thinks it is. That might be the case as this is McCarthy’s first screenplay, but there is little doubt that the slightly overrated presence of Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Prometheus) is at least partially to blame. He hasn’t had a really strong film in years. That being said, this is worth watching for the cast alone. Add in a few strong, signature Cormac McCarthy scenes and you have a film better than most on any weekend.
Have a fun weekend at the movies!