The filmmakers seem unconcerned about appealing to anyone who isn’t a 9-year old boy; aside from the occasional throw-away line, there’s little here to interest adults.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-12-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sci-fi Violence)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Richard E. Grant, Joonas Suotamo, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Anthony Daniels
The last "Star Wars" movie is the most bloated and least satisfying of all the main-line adventures.
Makes a conscious decision to address a subject that not many family films would touch with a ten-foot pole…then bungles the implications and the message.
Lackluster and restrained, it employs a dull story to present a message about the importance of diversity and the evils of assimilation.
"Mary" is more mediocre than bad but there’s nothing here to catch the attention of anyone serious about their horror.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-12-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Drugs, Sexual Content)
Director: John Crowley
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Willa Fitzgerald, Ashleigh Cummings, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright, Oakes Fegley, Peter Jacobson
Although this stripped-down regurgitation of the story is faithful to Donna Tartt’s novel in the broadest sense of the word, it lacks elegance and depth.
Writer/director Jacob Estes has come to the project with a clever concept but his execution is weak, contradictory, and confusing.
Tumbles into the lamentable category of what happens when a movie is assembled for no reason other than to make money, and when everyone involved is doing it for the paycheck.
Anyone with an interest would be advised to wait for this to reach smart phones and tablets where it can be viewed in a medium appropriate to its content and ambitions.
Instead of being a song to lift the heart, "Ode to Joy" is a discordant, off-key tune that lasts too long.