It’s that time of year when film studios say ‘thank you’ to movie houses for showing their work. Think the kind of ‘Sho-West’ style junket they did back in the 1990s. With added poignancy this year, post pandemic /cinema closures etc.
At a Glance, these following highlights stood out at the Vegas meet up:
MATRIX 4: RESURRECTIONS is the title. There is a very ‘meta’ take on the mythology whilst adhering to the formula of the first movie. At once subversive and satisfying to fans of the franchise. Neo is called Thomas. He designs computer games for Warner Bros. THAT’S how ‘out there’ this is!
NO TIME TO DIE: It’s impossible to talk about this now without spoiling the movie’s premise. But what I will say is that it looks like they are going ‘there’ with an angle I suggested on here a few years ago. Is Madeleine a baddie? Or is Bond being played? Not long now until we find out. MGM treated exhibitors to a more or less full pre title sequence.
GHOSTBUSTERS:AFTERLIFE = shown in full; the slimer genie is out of the marshmallow bottle. Everyone loved it. Unanimous praise etc. Whilst that bodes well of course, I would caution you all that ‘spirit’s were very possibly a tad ‘high’ and the market was that of fans on a fun celebration so..yep. Even so, nice news.
The rest? Well, there was some BATMAN..I mean THE BATMAN. I truly wish I were enthused about that project but I simply cannot see what its pitch has that is in any way new or original. We have done young Batman (Begins); older era Dark Knight (Rises; Batman V Superman). I honestly long for a mid era, peak crime fighting, plot driven, fun movie, even verging on Adam West era camp. Don’t get me wrong. I love the mythology, the character etc. But am genuinely more excited for THE FLASH (Keaton! Affleck!) than this R-Patz iteration. Sorry! And hey: I look forward to being proven wrong on all Bat- prediction counts 😉
Other gems included DOWNTON ABBEY and plenty more you can no doubt track down yourselves. WELCOME BACK, TO THE MOVIES!!!