Movies This Weekend! 12/12/08
December 9, 2008 by Joe
We’re getting closer to the holidays, and yes, the holiday movies are starting to come in. One movie that’s supposed to be huge, a kids movie, and another holiday movie. Yep, that’s right…. another holiday movie. I’m actually pretty happy about that because it’s what people are looking for around this time of year. It may be corny, but christmas and holiday movies tend to do well around the holiday they are about! Let’s take a closer look at what’s in store for moviegoers this weekend:
Delgo, Directed by Jason Maurer, Rated PG
The land of Jhamora is inhabited by two peoples who are extremely prejudiced against each other. There are the Nohrin, winged masters of the skies, and the Lockni, who live on the land, and have harnessed it’s powers. Delgo is a reckless Lockni teenager who develops a forbidden friendship with Kyla, the Nohrin Princess. When their people find out about their friendship, hostilities rise. In this time of trouble, the old exiled empress takes the opportunity to reclaim her lost throne. Delgo is imprisoned falsely, but to escape, he must put aside his differences and join forces with his enemy, travelling through the land of Perran.
Nothing Like the Holidays, Directed by Rick Najera, Rated PG-13
The Rodriguez family is coming home to Chicago to celebrate the holidays, and the return of their youngest brothers from combat overseas. Each one in the family has their own issues to deal with. Returning home, Jesse finds his feelings for an old flame rekindled, while his sister has been trying to acheive her goal of becoming an actress for years with nothing to show for it. To top things off, the oldest Rodriguez son has brought home an executive wife, much to the dismay of his mother. When their mother reveals that she will be divorcing their father, the three siblings begin to think about their past a reconsider their futures. Suddenly, when one of them is faced with a real life crisis, the entire family pulls together, and discover that they are much stronger than they ever realized.
The Day the Earth Stood Still, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Rated PG-13
A remake of a 1951 sci-fi classic. Keanu Reeves plays an alien who comes to Earth, trying to convince them that they need to save their world. An unstoppable robot is dispatched to Earth, and only one phrase stands in it’s way “Klatuu Barad Nikto”. Fans of the old film will be glad to see that this made it into the movie, but you’ll have to listen carefully to hear it!
Joe’s Weekend Outlook
I think that there are three strong films coming out this weekend. Four Christmases should be dethroned as the number one movie this week, especially with a second holiday movie in Nothing Like the Holidays. The advantage that Four Christmases has is that its a comedy and is easier to watch (comedies are generally easier to watch, in my opinion), than Nothing Like the Holidays should be. We’ve also got a potential blockbuster in The Day the Earth Stood Still. A lot of sci-fi fans should be heading out to see if this compares at all to the original. I’m actually pretty interested in that movie, so I’m going to try to check it out, but I’ve got plenty of catching up to do as well.
I’m also really far behind on the Christmas shopping… will you make it to the movies this weekend?