by Adam Riske and Rob DiCristino
Adam: Welcome to Reserved Seating. I’m Adam Riske.
Rob: And I’m Rob DiCristino.
Suicide Squad except for Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn. Making a spinoff with her character was a wise move, and her pitch for Birds of Prey as an R-rated girl gang movie sounds awesome. Over the past few years, Robbie has shown savvy taste in choosing good projects. I’m optimistic about Birds of Prey since she’s producing and presumably the film will have more of her input. The trailer’s fun, too, although I’m not sure how much stock I should put into that since one of the best trailers of 2016 was for Suicide Squad. Hopefully being away from the summer (this is set for a February release) will free up DC to make Birds of Prey more idiosyncratic and less bound to blockbuster formula.
The Invisible Man (1933) is my favorite film of the original Universal Monsters cycle. I’m excited!
Mulan, so even though I’ll be constantly comparing the two, the story is strong enough (and adult enough) that telling it in a different way makes perfect sense to me unlike The Lion King or Aladdin, where much of the magic comes from seeing animals and genies sing and dance in ways better suited for animation. The cast for Mulan is solid, with Donnie Yen, Jet Li and Gong Li all appearing. Plus, Jason Scott Lee from Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is the villain! It’s neat to see him back in a big movie. I’m a fan of some of Niki Caro’s past work, especially the Kevin Costner sports movie McFarland, USA, and it’s great to see someone other than Jon Favreau or Bill Condon direct a movie like this for Disney. I’m curious how they’ll handle the music from the animated film, which was a highlight of that version. Is this new Mulan at all a musical? It doesn’t look like it. It’s reminding me most of a lost Zhang Yimou movie from 2005.
A Quiet Place — a tiny would-be cult movie that had enough star power to go mainstream — is a phenomenally bad idea. In writing the sequel, I’m sure that Krasinski will do what most ill-begotten sequels do: go too big, too fast, trade story for spectacle, and over-explain the lore to the point of confusion and frustration (cough John Wick sequels cough). The first film’s novelty is gone, after all, and I’m positive that a sequel will wear the premise so thin that it’s liable to snap. Still, I’m rooting for A Quiet Place: Part II. I am. I’m hoping that Krasinksi is able to properly stoke the Unstoppable Cinematic Fires of Emily Blunt. I’m hoping he keeps the story small. I’m hoping it’s as character-driven as the original. A Quiet Place: Part II has everything working against it, which is why I hope it succeeds.
Top Gun than superfan, but something primal happens to me whenever I hear the Top Gun theme by Harold Faltermeyer. When I hear it, the only place I want to be is in Top Gun land. The long-awaited sequel has a lot of factors in its favor: 1) There are two great trailers for it already and it’s not even due to come out for another six months, 2) Tom Cruise is in a movie where he’s performing stunts, 3) The premise (Maverick trains Goose’s son [played by Miles Teller]) sounds very Creed, which is a smart formula for a legacy sequel and 4) Top Gun is the type of movie that can really benefit from all the filmmaking advancements made since 1986. The only aspect I’m leery about is that Top Gun: Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski, who has yet to make a movie I like (I haven’t seen Only the Brave), even though he’s a gifted visual filmmaker. I’m gonna IMAX the shit out of this movie.
Adam: I share your enthusiasm and excitement for The Many Saints of Newark. The cast is great! I miss James Gandolfini. Side note: how did neither of us pick the new Bond?
Adam: I figured you would, so I didn’t. It was a very dangerous game. Oh well. Until next time…
Rob: These seats are reserved.
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