What's On? 23.03.17
This weekend there's a sci-fi with Jake Gyllenhaal called Life and I don't know how to react to it. I love a visually fantastic sci-fi; the Tom Cruise movie Oblivion is an example of the kind of eye-candy I could happily watch and not be affected by the silly, committee-manufactured ending. Even Matt Damon's Elysium was . . . well no, I wouldn't watch that again. My point is, I like beautiful sci-fi.
But is Life beautiful? No jokes to that, please, I've read the synopsis to the film just now and it sounds scarily similar to Alien. Note: when I say 'scary', I mean not in a 'horror' sense, but in the sense that a film with Ryan Reynolds starring in it is comparing itself to something good, when it can only be terrible, unless they kill Reynolds off in the opening seconds, and even then, you're starting the film with an opening scene of someone who can't act, being killed off, which kind-of ruins the vibe immediately. Having said that, the good thing about Ryan Reynolds is that I don't think he would mind being killed off in the opening seconds, not because he's in it for the money, but because I don't think he's found something he's good at yet, and being a highly-paid movie star is fun until he finds his metier. I hope he eventually finds what he's looking for, and in the meantime, please God, start this film with Ryan Reynolds accidentally mistaking the airlock for a sauna, which I'm sure he'd willingly perform with that cheeky smile of his.
What else? Cameo cinema are showing Ghost in the Shell all week – the original 1995 anime version – in preparation for the movie version starring Scarlett Johansson (release 30 March). I am excited about this in a way that can only lead to disappointment, and having reviewed the original Ghost in the Shell already a month or two ago (see my archive), I won't spend money I haven't got on a repeat viewing. But I do recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it, it's quite trippy and hypnotic, as great adult anime should be.With money tight, I don't think I'll be watching a second film this coming week, but if I was going to watch something, Get Out looks like fun, and a nice counterbalance to the scary sci-fi I'm probably going to drag myself to, to watch Ryan Reynolds do his likeable, puppy-dog 'I-can't-act-for-shit' routine, which I haven't seen since those adverts he did for something I can't remember.