March 27, 2017
I haven’t been going to a lot of movies lately. Busy with other things, underwhelmed by current offerings. What am I not seeing?
Life: Oh hell no. Monster in space rehash. Nothing about the trailers interest me. When are movie astronauts going to learn not to poke the squicky pseudopod?
Kong: Skull Island: I’ve actually been hearing pretty good things about this. And, you know, Tom Hiddleston. But it just seems so loud.
Power Rangers: Or as the trailers suggest, The Breakfast Club: The Gritty Reboot. I have absolutely no nostalgic attachment to the Power Rangers. In fact, along with The X-Files, it was one of the shows that started up right before I left for my year abroad in the U.K., and I was shocked to return home and discover it had somehow gotten mega-popular in my absence. (Ah, the days before ubiquitous internet…) I didn’t get it. Oddly enough though, I’m getting good reports about this one as well. Still not inclined to go see it.
Beauty and the Beast: I may actually go see this. I haven’t decided. Again, I have no real emotional attachment to the original animated film. It may turn out that I’m such a sucker for ornate costumes and musicals and fairy tales that I go see this like a junkie looking for a hit. Plus, Dan Stevens of Legion is the Beast? That intrigues me.
Also, if you’re a fan of Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast, and you have not read Robin McKinley’s first novel Beauty, you should go do so immediately. And then quietly reflect on the fact it came out a dozen years before and think to yourself, wait a minute…