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GOING WHERE MOVIES HAVE GONE BEFORE

Posted: 4:18pm 6/03/2013
GOING WHERE MOVIES HAVE GONE BEFORE

GOING WHERE MOVIES HAVE GONE BEFORE

So the summer is a time for sequels and we’re going to talk about two of them, the first very successful and the second embarrassing.  STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS is a strong addition to the long series of Star Trek movies.  This one is the very entertaining follow-up to J.J. Abrams’ very savvy rebooting of the series.  I had heard that this was basically a remake of Wrath of Khan but it isn’t.  Abrams takes that iconic character and drops him into the paths of Kirk and Spock.  His smartest  choice here is casting Benedict Cumberbatch, one of England’s best new acting sensations, as the supervillain.  In this installment, Kirk gets to grow up a little, Spock explores his human side, and we all have a good time- a definite SHOULD SEE.

Not so with HANGOVER III.  They apparently realized that after remaking  THE HANGOVER in the second film with a relocation in Bangkok, the same jokes won’t work repeating them again so they don’t even try to be funny.  Zach Galifanikis’ character has been turned from sweet to mean as if that’s a good idea and Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow becomes the central character of the movie leaving Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper to suffer through just doing reaction shots.  The whole thing is just a coked up crime chase scene that runs way too long in circles.  Please DON’T SEE it or they’ll make a fourth one.

I guess I need to check out FAST & FURIOUS 6 after all.  It’s rated fresh on RottenTomatoes.com and it opened bigger than STAR TREK this weekend.



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