With quite a few major movies coming out this week, I figured you'd want to know what to expect.
I was expecting a terrifying existence for the next 2 hours as I walked into the theatre. The first movie was fun, but it didn't ask to be much more than that, so I swallowed it for what it was: Entertainment. But when I heard that a sequel is in the works, I cringed, as always. You can't help but recoil when you hear of a box office hit that everyone is trying to cash in on by making a sequel (think: Terminator 3, which I'm going to do plenty of trembling over when I see it this Monday). But what we get with Legally Blonde 2 is an offspring that is worthy of its parent. It is a fun movie-going experience, which ensures that pink remains in fashion. LB2 manages to be fresh, inventive, and exciting, all while leaning on the old style that made the first film a hit. This time around Elle Woods, a rising young lawyer at a major firm, finds out that her beloved dog Bruiser's mother is being used as a cosmetic test subject by her firm's own clients. She decides to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and stands up for their rights -- and is fired. Never one to resign from a challenge, Woods packs her stiletto hills and heads over to Washington. There adventures ensue. While not of the most thought-provoking film genre, Legally Blonde 2 is a fun way to spend an evening, whether you are surrounded by blondes or brunettes. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Sally Field, Bob Newhart and Jennifer Coolidge. Note: The costume designer for this movie is impeccable! Stunning, even for a brunette. Movie Picture
Movie Picture (Dreamworks SKG)
This film I could hardly contain my excitement for. With a terrific cast, consisting of Catherine Zeta-Jones as Marina, Brad Pitt as Sinbad, Michelle Pfeiffer as Eris, and Ralph Fiennes as Proteus, I was high with anticipation. The plot revolves around an Arabian pirate and adventurer (Sinbad) who must return the Book of Peace (a magical book that keeps the Twelve Cities safe from harm) in order to save his friend Proteus. It doesn't help that Sinbad is a pirate who doubts his heart and is constantly being lured into traps by Eris, the Greek goddess of Chaos. Not quite fully a kid's movie, and not quite one geared towards adults, SINBAD is universal enough to appeal to both categories. All of the characters are rich, exciting and innovative. The animation is breathtaking, as is the vision. And beyond the overriding adventure, it is also a tale of courage, friendship, love, trust and passion. It is as old-fashioned a tale as any, but who says that this is such a bad thing?
The Punisher News (Artisan/Marvel)
It has been officially confirmed to me that Laura Harring ("Mulholland Drive") and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos ("X2") will be joining the cast of THE PUNISHER. Laura Harring will play the ruthless, vengeful wife of the film's evil Howard Saint (John Travolta) and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is in negotiations to play Joan, the Punisher's classy and reserved neighbor. Unaware of his alter ego and having had her own share of hardships, Joan feels safe and comfortable around the Punisher (Thomas Jane).
The Punisher himself, Thomas Jane has been hard at work, training for his role with four Navy SEALs, working out twice a day for the film. All this tough work is to ensure realistic fight scenes. This seems to prove that Artisan is trying to follow the Punisher's original spirit in the comic: A real man, with no special powers, just a very strong will and a brutal force.
"[It's] all old-school stuff. What would you really do to take these guys out?," Thomas Jane said. "What it usually comes down to is, you poke their eyes out, you slit their throat, break their nose, brutal stuff. that kind of ends the fight kind of quickly. That's why you don't see it too much. No wires, no Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon stuff. It's all going to be real world."
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