It’s December now and that means it’s blockbuster movie time. With plenty of new movies coming to theatres here’s an overview of a select few to check out.
Jumanji: The Next Level (Comedy, Action) – December 11, 2019
In an age of sequels, 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle did not set itself up for an obvious follow-up. There were no plots that needed to be resolved and the movie ended with the main characters destroying the Jumanji video game. But since Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made $962 million on a budget of $100 million, no one is surprised to see a sequel after all.
Jack Black, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillian, and Nick Jonas are reprising their roles with a few new actors joining the mix. Both the awkward teenage romance story between The Rock and Karen Gillian and Jack Black portraying a teenage girl were surprisingly funny in Welcome to the Jungle, and from trailers, it appears this time Kevin Hart and The Rock will be portraying the grandparents played by Danny Devito and Danny Glover.
The official synopsis from Sony’s website reads “In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.”
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (Sci-Fi, Adventure) – December 19th, 2019
The final movie in J. J. Abram’s Star Wars sequel trilogy is almost out. The sequels definitely have not lived up to Star Wars fan’s expectations, however, they are great spectacles.
With many threads to finish up the runtime is over two and a half hours, however, we don’t know too much about the story as the core details of the movie have been kept under wraps for quite a while. That was until recently when large portions of the story were leaked. For obvious spoiler reasons, we won’t be talking about them so you can still head to theatres and have a good time.
The official synopsis reads “The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.”
Cats (Musical) – December 20, 2019
The live-action film adaptation of 80’s Broadway musical, Cats makes its debut on the big screen with a star-studded cast.
Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Iain Mckellen, Rebel Wilson, and Jason Derulo all play the cats, who over a single night decide who should ascend to the Heaviside Layer. On the stage, Cats was played for a total of 8,949 performances before closing in 2002 on its 21st anniversary
The trailer for Cats was met with harsh criticism. The visual effects used to create the cats is amazing, however, the result sits eerily in the uncanny valley. From what can be seen in the trailer the result is a technical masterpiece, but an artistic oddity.
1917 (Drama, War) – December 25, 2019
1917 follows the story of two young British soldiers in WW1, given the seemingly impossible mission of delivering a message to warn of an ambush the next morning. If they fail to deliver the message, 1600 soldiers, including one of the main character’s brother, will die. Shot in seemingly one take, à la Birdman, director Sam Mendes, seems to be delivering a thrilling epic behind the German frontline.
Mendes, who also directed Skyfall, claims the one-shot isn’t a gimmick and was a part of the movie from the start. And it seems the idea wasn’t plain Oscar-bait after all. From pre-release screening, the movie has a 92% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and with a strong cast in Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, and Richard Madden, it definitely seems worth your time over the winter break.