Connect with us

Disney

The New Men in Black Doesn’t Have Will Smith, but Aladdin Does

Published

on

No, that’s not a mistake. We’ve been given a peek into two new movies this week, and I’m giving one of them a major side eye.

First we got a peek at Will Smith as the Genie, and honestly, I don’t hate it. It’s getting a fair bit of criticism, but I do really think this can be a good move. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Guy Ritchie explained how much of a challenge he faced when deciding who would play the Genie, because of Robin Williams’ iconic performance in the 1992 animated Disney film. He considered how Williams made the Genie so memorable by just injecting his own flair.

“The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it’s essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is, so it’s a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on,” Said Ritchie.

So when thinking of an actor who could overplay a version of himself, Will Smith seemed a natural choice. Smith himself said “I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different. Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”

I like this. I like Will Smith (even when he’s in some real clunkers like Bright). I like that it’s a well thought out choice and if done well, Smith can really deliver something iconic in his own way. If he can stick with hyperbole and avoid caricature, I think it can really work.

Honestly, as long as it’s not Wild Wild West, I’ll probably be pleased.

Now in comes Men in Black International. This I am significantly less optimistic about. Watch the trailer here if you haven’t seen it already.

It’s definitely got some positive elements – Emma Thompson for one, looks incredible. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have good chemistry, as we saw in Thor: Ragnarok. Liam Neeson is always a treat. Some of the aliens are returning from the original series, and the new aliens look absolutely charming.

Image result for new men in black

My biggest concern is that for a movie spin off of a franchise made successful by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, those two are conspicuously absent from the roster. I’m not saying it can’t work, I’m just saying I have my doubts.

Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of faith in Chris Hemsworth’s ability to improve on a reboot either, as made painfully obvious in the 2016 re-imagining of the Ghostbusters franchise.

I’m also wary of the CGI elements, because I’m seeing roughly 200% more flying vehicles than I’m comfortable with. Of course a movie about aliens will require some CGI, but the original film franchise leaned heavily on practical effects as well, which I’m just not seeing in this trailer. Overly fake looking movies typically have a short trip into the reject pile and for good reason.

It’s obvious that this is hoped to be the first of several new Men in Black Movies, so let’s hope that this spin off franchise stacks up to the original.

All in all, I’m feeling a lot more optimistic about movies with Will Smith in them than those without. This may not only be a direct testament to Smith himself, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Continue Reading
Advertisement 728x90 Get a $15 Fandango Promotional Code on purchase of $75 worth of Fandango gift cards!
2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Nicole

    December 20, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    First,
    I would argue that Chris was the best part of the Ghostbusters reboot.
    Second,
    This new MIB has the benefit of being inclusive to London and, to an degree, a more global fan base. We can see the over seas success of Multiple movies that do terrible in the US. The Rock himself is responsible for half of that market alone!

    • Kayla Milam

      December 20, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Ha! That’s true, I didn’t think about the Rock with international audiences. And maybe it will be awesome! We’ll have to see.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Action

Daisy Ridley Promises Epic Lightsaber Duel In ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

Published

on

By

“We in this film actually have perhaps one of the most epic fights in Star Wars.”

The lightsaber duel is a staple of Star Wars lore. Every episode has featured some of the most iconic battles in cinematic history. Many fans were disappointed with the lack of saber action in Episode VII, even though the film primarily focused on Rey trying to discover her true place within the universe. ‘The Last Jedi’ attempted to give us more action but was over shadowed by Director Rian Johnson’s character arc choices. Going into ‘Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker’ J.J. Abrams knows what’s at stake, while bringing us the conclusion to one of the most beloved franchises in movie history. In a recent interview with Wired about Episode IX, Daisy Ridley shed some light on what we can expect in the final installment:

“The interesting thing about this film is that we concentrate more on the fact that [the lightsabers] are light,” Ridley told the publication, “Because the [old] lightsabers were so heavy, as Eunice [Huthart] said, who is our new stunt coordinator, that it was more like broadsword fighting, which isn’t technically what it’s supposed to be because lightsabers are supposed to be light, by nature.”

Since the “Skywalker” lightsaber that was a focal point in ‘Episode VII’ was destroyed during ‘The Last Jedi,’ it would appear that Rey will be getting herself a new “Lighter” saber. Daisy also, went on further to suggest we will be witnessing one of, if not the most epic Star Wars lightsaber duels of all time via Episode IX:

“So they actually made them lighter for us,”the actress continued “We in this film actually have perhaps one of the most epic fights in Star Wars.”

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ has a lot riding on it to properly conclude the “Skywalker Star Wars Saga.” J.J. Abrams is well aware of what’s at stake. One can only imagine that he will pull out all the stops to ensure one of the greatest endings in recent cinematic history.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20, 2019

Continue Reading

Adventure

Mulan | Official Trailer – HD

Published

on

By

Genre:

Adventure, Drama/Family

Rating:

N/A

Release Date:

March 27, 2020

Director:

Niki Caro

Cast:

Jet Li, Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee, Rosalind Chao,

Plot Summary:

A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s ‘Mulan.’

Continue Reading

Action

E3: ‘Avengers’ Game Makes Its Highly Anticipated Debut | Official Trailer

Published

on

By

The Highly anticipated trailer for the ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ game made its debut at E3 conference in LA on Monday. The trailer features Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk and Black Widow (but no Hawkeye) facing off against a new threat in San Francisco.

‘Marvel’s Avengers’ game will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC on May 15, 2020.

Continue Reading

Trending