Lots of fun, interesting news on this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News, and hosts cover it all with an installment of ‘Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down’. Specifically, the GeekScholars weigh in with their thoughts on:
Casey Jones’ casting for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel
Killer Croc appearing in the Batman-spin off, Suicide Squad
Live-action adaptations of Mulan and Winnie Pooh
A Play-doh film
Hugh Jackman in a religious drama about the apostle Paul
Normally, you would think that releasing a movie on the same weekend as the Harry Potter juggernaut would be nuts, even as counterprogramming – and yet, Disney has done just that. Winnie the Pooh is as unlikely a challenger for box office as you could find in these circumstances, but it’s a charming, whimsical film that is perfectly tuned for a family audience.
Based on the stories by A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh is about as unpretentious a film as you will ever see. It’s a collection of three separate, short tales that are blended into a continuous narrative that never feels forced, nor precious – two things it could have easily become.