All The Movie Buzz From The Weekend!
BLADE RUNNER 2049
When it was first announced that Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner was getting a sequel, the collective groan was audible. Why meddle with a masterpiece? Why not just leave well alone?
That groan dimmed to a grumble when it was revealed that Harrison Ford would be reprising his role as Rick Deckard and that the bold and brilliant Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners) would be directing – but still there were doubts.
It turns out we needn’t have worried. Opening this weekend in 63 markets – and debuting at number one in 45 of them, including the UK and US – Blade Runner 2049 has generated not just good reviews, but phenomenally good reviews, with some critics even suggesting that it’s on a par with the original.
Total Film’s five-star review said it “stands shoulder to shoulder with one of the greatest films ever made”. The cinematography of 13-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins is also winning plaudits.
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Eggys not cracking
Kingsman: The Golden Circle enjoyed another fighting weekend in the UK and around the world. The global box office take for this “proper spy movie” is now an estimated 3 million, still someway off the original’s worldwide gross of 4 million, but closing fast.
The film sees Taron Egerton reprising his role as chav-turned-gentleman-spy Eggsy for an adventure that teams up England’s posh Kingsman with their whisky-guzzling American counterparts Statesman to battle Julianne Moore’s psychopathic drug-baroness Poppy.
It’s edgy, it’s exciting and it’s incredibly funny – catch it this week if you haven’t already!
There were more pennies for Pennywise this weekend as audiences continued to flock to see Stephen King’s IT. The film has now passed the 0 million mark globally and is still on course to become the biggest scary movie of all time (not counting inflation) with only The Sixth Sense to beat.
Based on the Master of Macabre’s seminal 1986 horror novel, IT sees a group of kids from Derry, Maine battling an ancient evil that manifests itself as their greatest fears, including a fang-toothed, child-eating clown. Run away!
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US
Climb every mountain
Debuting in fourth place is the excellent romantic disaster drama The Mountain Between Us.
Starring Hollywood heavy hitters Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, it sees Elba’s surgeon and Winslet’s photojournalist fighting for survival after their chartered plane crash-lands horribly (seriously, you’ll be gripping your seat for dear life) in the snowy wilderness.
VICTORIA AND ABDUL
Now in its fourth week of release, Stephen Frears’ Victoria and Abdul enjoyed another triumphant outing at the UK box office to round out our top five.
Starring Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal, this riveting real-lifer explores an elderly Queen Victoria’s friendship with a young Indian clerk named Adbul Karim – an alliance that was severely frowned upon by her family and court!
ODEON PREDICTION FOR NEXT WEEK
Michael Fassbender’s chilling The Snowman will prove an icy hit with older audiences, while The LEGO Ninjago Movie should leave youngsters in a spin!
The Snowman follows the investigations of detective Harry Hole when he finds a pink scarf wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman, and sets out to learn what happened to its owner.
Harry works with the Oslo Crime Squad, and quickly learns that the woman who owned the scarf has disappeared. Looking deeper into the case, it becomes apparent that whoever is responsible for her disappearance has been around for a very long time…
Wrap up against the cold for ‘The Snowman’, a chilling crime thriller starring Michael Fassbender that brings Jo Nesbo’s hugely successful novels to life.
In The LEGO Ninjago Movie, a team of heroic Master Builder ninjas must protect Ninjago City from the evil Garmadon – who just so happens to be Green Ninja Lloyd’s dad.
Led by kung fu master Wu, this powerful but undisciplined group must learn to pull together and work as a team if they are to defeat Garmadon, in the ultimate battle of mech versus mech and father versus son.
The latest adventure in the animated LEGO franchise, ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ stars Dave Franco, Michael Pena and the legendary Jackie Chan as Wu.