The football’s nearly over, and although Wales demonstrated to their larger cousins how it should be done, even they have eventually fallen. It also means the cagey game of counter-programming against sporting events can end (admittedly, there is an Olympics round the corner), and we can get back to big budget films blocking up cinemas throughout the summer. This weekend, remakes and fashion seem to be the order of the day.
For the last three decades, it’s been clear who we’re meant to call. Not anymore though. Rebooting the comedy franchise that started in 1984 brings a new team. Gone are the brightest comedy stars of the 80’s to be replaced with the brightest we have now in Ghostbusters. There’s been a lot of unpleasant nonsense over the decision to remake the film with an all-female team, but when that team includes Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, what are people complaining about? So sit back and enjoy when it finally arrives on Monday.
More remakes here as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famous creation comes swinging back in The Legend of Tarzan. Alexander Skarsgård plays the human brought up amongst apes, who must return to his adopted family to investigate suspicious mining activity. Decent support comes from Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz, and with David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films, behind the camera, a certain degree of quality should be expected. All of which makes it a shame it appears to have missed the target, a string of reviews looking less than favourably on Tarzan’s return.
The two films above come with a certain degree of Hollywood polish. While there’s style aplenty in the films of Nicholas Winding Refn, he certainly feels no need to smooth rough edges. The man behind Drive (a film that doesn’t touch the bizarre depths of much of his work) knows how to compose an elegantly clinical shot, and he knows how to ramp up tension. This is the tale of a young model, played by Elle Fanning, turning up in LA only to find a beauty obsessed group of women after what she has. It will be weird, and it will be unique. You certainly can’t complain every film is alike anyway.
We stay with the fashion industry for the release of Zoolander 2 on DVD. The original has gone on to achieve cult classic status, deservedly so. The sequel sees the return of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s dumb and ridiculously good looking male models, once more plunging them into a world of conspiracy and murder. Unfortunately, the edge has dulled significantly since we last saw this hapless duo. Zoolander 2 strives so hard to bottle lightening it almost ends up becoming the thing it’s meant to be satirising. If you want to play spot the celebrity though, this might be for you.
A mixed bag then, but there is still enough to keep you busy. See you next week as the world heads back into the Ice Age.