Bring on the blockbusters
As winter closes in, Eguide film critic Leigh Paatsch takes a look at what’s hot on the big screen
Due out: May 16 Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Jason Mantzoukas, Ben Kingsley
They say: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he’s so lovingly oppressed.
We say: Baron Cohen is already the market leader in being foreign, funny, inappropriate and insane. Clearly playing to his strengths here.
Close up: SBC fans will notice one big change: the guerrilla, mock- doco shooting style has been dumped. It’s time for a script and proper actors. The lead character is a African- Arab amalgam of dead despots like Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi.
Wide shot: While SBC has made more bad movies ( Bruno, Ali G
Indahouse) than good ( Borat), he does have a knack for getting the world’s attention.
MEN IN BLACK 3
Due out: May 24
Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson
They say: Agent J travels back in time to stop an alien from assassinating his friend, Agent K, and changing history.
We say: It’s been 10 years since the last one. Public demand hasn’t exactly been through the roof in that time. Better bring its A- game.
Close up: The whole shebang has been rather rushed for a $ 200 million movie, to say the least. To score a tax break, filming started before a script was anywhere near finished. Extensive rewrites and unplanned re- shoots were the order of the day throughout production.
Wide shot : Smith came up with the original storyline, which consigns Jones to the subs bench for much of the play while Brolin plays his younger self in the swingin’ 1960s.