Going in Style is the rare remake that is better than the original.
That’s because it creates a plausible (if not entirely believable) set of circumstances in which three octogenarians are forced to consider the unlikely remedy of robbing a bank – and are smart enough to do it.
As you may recall, I loved the first movie and the second one seems to be suggesting that the imprisoned Thaddeus Bradley might be avenging his jailing at the hands of the four magicians, which makes me very curious (if maybe a bit less enthusiastic).
The international trailer is a zippy, flashy thing that captures the spirit and momentum of the original movie, but I have to say that I wish Isla Fisher had agreed to be in it (I love Lizzy Caplan, so I’m open to the possibilities).
Even with that one major change, though, Now You See Me 2 looks like a lot of fun. Check out the trailer after the break. Now You See Me 2 opens on June 10th.
Last Knights is Kaz I Kiriya’s third film – his first in English – following the cult classic/live-action version of manga/anime series Casshern, and martial arts oddity Goemon. It is a tale of honor, love and loyalty set in a medieval culture reminiscent of Kiriya’s native Japan, but truly diverse – citizens of all races live and work together(even the lords and warriors are diverse).
No one has ever accused Luc Besson of being a master filmmaker – despite gems like Léon: the Professional, La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element. Part of that is because he likes to juxtapose things that are utterly real with things that are utterly ridiculous. Usually, that means putting a down-to-earth old school spy next to someone who looks like Emma Peel, or creating an utterly fantastical world and making the lead a real-guy cabbie. With Lucy, he takes three genres – an intense drug thriller, an over-the-top action movie, and a psychedelic would-be philosophical statement – and crams them together in unexpected ways. Somehow, it works.