In cinemas this week: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Kung-Fu Panda 3, Eye in the Sky and A Bigger Splash.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel. Rampant catastrophe. Fans of the inspiration comics will get their fill. Everyone else will be pummelled into a stupor and left shaking their heads as to what is going on.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Parenting and marriage is becoming tougher and tougher for Toula (Nia Vardalos) and her husband Ian. Not only has their relationship lost some of its spark, but they’re also dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter who clashes with Greek traditions. On top of that, Toula must contend with aging parents and the endless needs of cousins and friends. When a shocking family secret comes to light, the entire Portokalos clan makes plans to come together for an even bigger wedding than before. The first film was a mega hit. I didn’t get the appeal, and will be skipping this almost-certain inferior sequel.
Kung-Fu Panda 3 – Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he’s going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor (Dustin Hoffman). After reuniting with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston), Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai (J.K. Simmons), a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle. I seem to have rare appreciation of KFP2, but this has been a decent franchise to date. I’m intrigued to see where they take the story next.
Eye in the Sky – Complications arise when a lieutenant general (Alan Rickman) and a colonel (Helen Mirren) order a drone missile strike to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya. Aaron Paul and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) co-star and reviews have been very positive. Not all that interested initially, but one to catch up with on home release.
A Bigger Splash – The off-the-grid vacation of a famous rock star, Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton), and her filmmaker boyfriend, Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts), is disrupted by the unexpected visit of Marianne’s old friend and music producer Harry Hawkes (Ralph Fiennes) and his salacious young daughter, Penelope (Dakota Johnson). Had a lot of promise, but didn’t live up to it despite an electrifying high-energy performance from Fiennes. Full thoughts at the link.
Weekly Recommendation – The two I have seen (Batman v. Superman and A Bigger Splash) I don’t care for. It is the Easter long weekend, people will see what they damn well please.