In the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar®-nominated blockbuster comedy, the Templeton brothers—Tim (James Marsden, X-Men franchise) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin)—have become adults and drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again… and inspire a new family business.
When baby Tina reveals that she’s—ta-da!—a top secret agent for BabyCorp on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha’s school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Erwin Armstrong (Jeff Goldblum), it will reunite the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways, lead them to re-evaluate the meaning of family and discover what truly matters.
Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel also reprise their roles as Ted and Tim’s parents.
Has there ever been a film that you loved when you were younger that you have revisited as an adult and been bitterly disappointed? It happened to me recently with ‘Independence Day.’ As a kid this movie blew me away, the special effects, the idea that aliens could blow up the White House… and yes even Will Smith (I was addicted to the ‘Fresh Prince Of Air’). Going back to watch it last week though I realised that the film was not as great as I remembered, aside from the special effects it was actually a bit of a cheesy film and probably shouldn’t be considered a classic.
Still I didn’t let me truth defining moment about the original dampen my hopes for ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’, after all I kept telling myself it’s twenty years later, Roland Emmerich has grown as a director and I guiltily kind of enjoyed ‘White House Down.’ Well as it turns out I was horribly wrong, yes it may be twenty years on but Emmerich hasn’t learnt anything new and he is still making the same mistakes that made ‘Godzilla’ and ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ films that might have impressed the masses but had serious film lovers shaking their heads over what they have just seen.
Emmerich’s new storyline has been put together by a team of screenwriters that sees the world as a very different place to what it was 20 years earlier. Humans have embraced the alien technology that was used against them in the previous war giving a very new look to things even as basic as a helicopter. Our old heroes are also very different people as well. Former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman – ‘While You Were Sleeping’) is a depressed mess, his daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe – ‘It Follows’) works at the White House, Dr. Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner – Star Trek: Generations) has been a coma for 20 years, while David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum – ‘Jurassic Park’) travels the world and is considered an ‘alien expert.’ He now answers to the likes of President Lanford (Sela Ward – ‘Gone Girl’) and General Adams (William Fichtner – ‘The Dark Knight’) who have developed a pretty impressive defence system for Earth.
Then there are the newcomers – the likes of bored fighter pilot Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth – ‘The Hunger Games’) forced to live in the shadows of the likes of the famous Dylan Hiller (Jessie T. Usher – ‘Teeange’),Charlie Miler (Tarvis Tope – ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’) and Dr. Catherine Marceaux (Charlotte Gainsbourg – ‘Antchrist’) a former rival of Levinson’s who now wants to help him. Somehow this mixture of people all have to bring it together and help fight when the aliens return, once again hellbent on destroying Earth.
Perhaps the scariest thing about ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ (is certainly not the aliens) is the fact that it becomes painfully obvious early on that despite it being twenty years later Emmerich seems to have learnt nothing as a filmmaker. Still there are the bad attempts of humor throughout the film, the awful over-writing of characters that makes them so clichéd and these repetitive tropes that keep turning up in Emmerich films (like a computer telling the characters of the impending danger).
Even worse this time around though are the facts though that Emmerich seems to have borrowed so much from other films, especially the ‘Star Wars’ franchise for this film, and just how unbelievable this film is to its audience. Yes, of course, a story about aliens attacking Earth is supposed to be a believable drama but can anyone buy the fact that two characters that are emotional and physical wrecks after the events of the first film are suddenly able to swing around and be battle ready this time around… one was even in a coma for 20 years but is suddenly able to do his work like nothing has happened.
The other area in which Emmerich manages to lose his audience with this film is the over saturation of characters and the even worse habit of introducing characters well into the film, far too late for you to ever care what happens to them. The result is a film where it is virtually impossible to connect with any of the characters, which in turn means the suspense that should be there in a movie like this is just non-existant. Add that to the fact that you find yourselves laughing at a lot of the dialogue littered throughout the film, or groan at ‘you have the heart of the warrior’ and this soon becomes a film that should be referred to as a let-down of a blockbuster.
The poor screenplay also lets down its cast badly. The likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lima Hemsworth are sadly given nothing to work with and it’s likely people will quickly forget that they even made this film pretty quickly. Likewise if Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman thought this was the film that would resurrect their careers then they are very sadly mistaken. And as for the newcomers… well they barely even create a blip on the screen.
With a dreadful screenplay and nothing new when it comes to special effects ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ ends up being one of the biggest disappointments of 2016. Even worse is the fact that we know another one is on the way… it’s like looking forward to a dentist’s appointment. One to avoid.
There’s a lot of reliance on nostalgia in making sequels or follow ups ten or twenty after the previous film in a franchise. Recent memory brings up hits like Star Wars episode 7 and Creed but also not so successful films like Zoolander 2. As always with sequels it can be difficult catching lightning in a bottle twice but with a decade or two in between films that can only make it more of a challenge.
Independence Day: Resurgence is a sequel to the 1996 science fiction alien invasion film Independence Day. It’s been 20 years since earthlings with the aid of 90s computer viruses and nuclear weapons fought back and defeated the hostile creatures intent on total genocide of the human race and harvesting of all our planet’s resources. In the aftermath the world’s superpowers have entered a time of general world peace (Adrian Veidt would be so proud) and great advances have been made in space flight with secrets learned from alien technology. Unknown to everyone however is that the aliens sent a distress signal all those years ago and reinforcements are about to arrive.
I look at the original Independence Day as being the Avatar of the mid 90s. It showed us things we had never before seen on such a grand scale in movies, showcased amazing miniature special effects, cemented Roland Emmerich as the king of disaster movies and along with the successes of Bad Boys the previous year and Men in Black the following spring boarded Will Smith to be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
So even if the 96 original wasn’t the biggest of critical successes it definitely had a massive impact. Independence Day Resurgence simply doesn’t live up to its predecessor. The film attempts to weave so many threads together in only 2 hours that not enough time is spent on any of them and you wonder why they bothered with half of them.
Even as a 10 year old something that bothered me in the original was how quickly Will Smith’s character got over the death of his wingman during a battle with alien spacecraft. However the gravity of a massive alien invasion, the destruction and devastation of several major cities worldwide was still expressed to the audience. When the use of a nuclear weapon on US soil to destroy an attacking space craft turns out to be fruitless David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) has a breakdown of sorts because it WAS a big deal. In this film the same character is watching London being destroyed and millions upon millions of people being massacred in front of his eyes yet he and the characters around him are making quips and generally playing for comedic relief. When David afterwards is consoling his new former girlfriend Catherine (Charlotte Gainsborough) as her parents are almost definitely dead it just feels forced.
This is a problem that comes up several times. It seems in an attempt to make the film fun they drove a steamroller through any possible drama the film has. Someone’s loved one is killed, they rage then in no time they’re back to making quips. If a film’s characters aren’t going to care about the end of the world then why should the audience?
After 20 years of disaster movies (seemingly half of which directed by Emmerich himself) audiences may not automatically find anything amazing about seeing the world destroyed anymore. This is made worse by the way in which the bland characters in the film itself don’t seem to care either. Ultimately what it means is a film about a fight for survival of the human race ends up being unreasonably boring.
Summary: Nick and Meg, a British couple celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary with a weekend getaway in Paris. As they travel around the city, they revisit the highs and lows of their relationship, fight about their faults, and continue to run out of restaurants without paying the bill. They meet up with an old colleague of Nick’s and attend a dinner party at his house, leading to some painful truths being spoken aloud.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th February, 2014
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Roger Michell
Screenwriter: Hanif Kureishi
Cast: Olly Alexander (Michael), Marie-France Alvarez (Victoire La Chapell), Brice Beaugier (Robert), Jim Broadbent (Nick), Xavier De Guillebon (Jean-Pierre Degremont), Lindsay Duncan (Meg), Jeff Goldblum (Morgan), Charlotte Leo (Dominique Ertel), Lee Michelsen (Harry Rose), Denis Sebbah (Christopher Aragues), Sebastien Siroux (Valentin Lefevre)
Runtime: 93 mins
OUR LE WEEK-END REVIEWS & RATINGS:
At a quick glance Le Week-End could easily be written off as a film that is meant for the older set, but director Roger Michell (most noted for Notting Hill) instead makes this a film with a really strong message for anyone fascinated with love.
Written by Hanif Kureishi Le Week-End sees an aging couple, made up of the seemingly lost teacher Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and the all-at-sea Nick (Jim Broadbent). Nick has decided to take Meg to Paris for a weekend where he hopes their marriage of thirty years can have some new life pumped into it, and during which time he can pluck up the courage to tell her that he has been recently fired from his job as an university lecturer for making an inappropriate comment to a student.
Their time in France however isn’t exactly what Nick had in mind. First Meg is not happy with where they are staying and then it becomes painfully obvious that Jim can’t do or say anything right in Meg’s eyes. Just to top it off they couple soon find themselves experiencing money problems and just as some home truths are being laid down on the line they run into Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum).
As a film Le Week-End seems to be all over the place… but in a good way. It seems that Roger Michell has the uncanny ability to mash his genres so well the audience never really knows what is coming next. The film reaches high tensions of drama as accusations of adultery are flung around, while at other times the film hits the comedy spots as a nervous Meg tries to run out on a restaurant bill that she can’t afford.
Likewise this is a film that at times will make its audience feel uncomfortable. The Meg/Nick relationship often leaves the audience feeling claustrophobic and ill at ease as you are trapped watching a car crash getting worse right in front of you. Then there are the other times of uncomfortableness as frank scenes of a sexual nature play out in front of you, including one where Meg has Nick on all fours acting like a dog who is desperate for just one sniff of her… privates.
The film’s up and down nature is also on show by the fact that the audience is often left drowning in moments of emotional suspense but then left out to dry by an over long dinner party towards the film’s finale.
What brings even more emotion to Le Week-End are the strong performances by the key cast. Lindsay Duncan portrays the fragile and cold Meg with complete ease while Jim Broadbent again puts on an acting master class as he portrays Nick as a conflicted yet interesting character that the audience can’t help but feel for. Then there is Jeff Goldblum who isn’t called upon to do much but does deliver a smarmy presence when he really needs to.
Le Week-End does throw up some challenges for its audience but it is well worth a look if you like a good emotionally fuelled drama.
Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):
Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Le-Weekend′: Nil.
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Summary: Jurassic Park takes you to a remote island where an amazing theme park with living dinosaurs is about to turn deadly, as five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators.Rediscover the breathtaking adventure you’ll want to experience again and again.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd September, 1993
Australian DVD Release Date: 2nd November, 2005
Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter: Michael Crichton, David Koepp
Cast: Richard Attenborough (John Hammond), Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler), Martin Ferrero (Donald Gennaro), Jeff Goldblum (Dr. Ian Malcolm), Samuel L. Jackson (Ray Arnold), Wayne Knight (Dennis Nedry), Joseph Mazzelo (Tim Murphy), Gerald R. Molen (Gerry Harding), Sam Neill (Dr. Alan Grant), Bob Peck (Robert Muldoon), Ariana Richards (Lex Murphy), Miguel Sandoval (Juanito Rostagno), Cameron Thor (Lewis Dodgson), BD Wong (Henry Wu)
Summary: Kai (Jeremy Suarez), a high-spirited falcon on the cusp of adulthood is bored and lonely living in a remote outpost with only his strict father, Tendai (Samuel L.Jackson), for company. Forbidden from venturing beyond the Katungu Boundary, his suspicions that there must be more to life are confirmed when Gogo, a kooky Stork and her co-pilot, a cute weaver called Tini, crash into his world. From them, Kai learns that downriver is a bustling bird city with exciting opportunities for a talented flier such as himself. In an angry exchange with his father, Kai discovers that Tendai has known all along about Zambezia and has been there himself! Hurt and angry at his father’s betrayal, Kai leaves Katungu and journeys downriver.
Arriving at the famed bird city – a majestic Baobab perched on the edge of Victoria Falls – Kai s amazed by the throngs of birds from all over Africa who are busy preparing for the Spring Celebrations. He soon befriends a fast-talking Nightjar called Ezee who knows how to enjoy the perks of community life and guides him through the city. Kai is bowled over when he meets Zoe (Abigail Breslin), a beautiful and feisty Black-Shouldered Kite who is the adopted daughter of Sekhuru (Leonard Nimoy), Zambezia’s founder. Unfortunately for him, Kai doesn’t make a good first impression when he accidently ruins her Spring Celebration decorations. But he is thrilled when his skilful flying earns him a place on the Hurricanes, the elite defense patrol made up of the best fliers on Zambezia.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him and the rest of the Zambezians, Marabou Storks, tired of scavenging off the scraps of Zambezia have joined forces with Budzo, a vicious egg-eating Leguaan, and hatched a plan to take control of the island city. To make matters worse, Budzo captures Kai’s father and all of the weavers, including Tini. In order to save Zambezia and Tendai, Kai has to face his past and learn that no matter how fast and talented a flier he is, no bird is an island.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Country: South Africa
Director: Wayne Thornley
Screenwriter: Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, Andrew Silverston, Wayne Thornley
Cast: Abigail Breslin (Zoe (voice)), Corey Burton (Neville (voice)), Jim Cummings (Budzo/Marabous (voice)), Noureen DeWulf (Pavi (voice)), Tania Gunadi (Tini (voice)), Jeff Goldblum (Ajax (voice)), Richard E. Grant (Cecil (voice), Samuel L. Jackson (Tendai (voice)), Jenifer Lewis (Gogo (voice)), Jamal Mixon (Ezee (voice)), Leonard Nimoy (Sekhuru (voice)), Deep Roy (Mushana (voice)), David Shaughnessy (Morton (voice)), Jeremy Suarez (Kai (voice))