So since The Handmaid’s Tale is not dark enough (give us honest something, show writers), I also began to watch Easttown mare (HBO Max) and watched over the weekend The woman in the window (fine, gritty anti-heroines are my thing, I guess). Big reminds me a lot so far Broadchurch, another not-very-uplifting but great show, and Kate Winslet goes all in on the accent and look.
But wow, what a disappointment The woman in the window used to be. It has a star cast (Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anthony Mackie) and a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts, based on AJ Finn’s 2018 novel (THROUGH THE WAY , read the crazy backstory about Which guy). It follows the mostly successful (but somewhat annoying) trend of films based on books about untrustworthy female storytellers who become entangled in criminal activity (Gone girl, and The Girl on the Train). It even has the bones of the Hitchcock classic Rear window.
Maybe it’s just one of those books that don’t translate properly on screen, or maybe the shoot again undone too much, but it felt like the movie couldn’t figure out what it wanted to be; a thriller, a mystery, a story about a devastating loss or something else. And why under-use that great supporting cast ?! Unfortunately, I think it was too predictable, and not helped by weird pace and a twist at the end that was more annoying than surprising.
On to this week’s trailers:
The Green Knight
Dev Patel stars as Sir Gawain, one of the knights of the round table from King Arthur’s lore. The film is based on the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight but the movie version looks a bit more sinister than I remember. What we see in the trailer is quite faithful to the Middle English poem: The Green Knight challenges Gawain to hit him, provided that Gawain the Green Knight lets him hit back within a year and a day. Gawain beheads the Green Knight, who picks up his head and strolls away. See you in a year, mate! The Green Knight is in theaters on July 30.
I needed something fun and funny because this week’s lineup seems a bit gruesome otherwise. The wish dragon is an Aladdin-esque story about a magical creature who can fulfill three wishes, but instead of being tied up in a lamp, he’s trapped in a teapot. He is freed by a young man named Din, who is looking for his childhood friend Lina. John Cho, Constance Wu and Jimmy Wong star The wish dragon, which was released in theaters in China earlier this year, and will debut on Netflix on June 11.
Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage
Tom Hardy returns as Eddie Brock and he seems to have come to some sort of understanding with the Venom symbiote, who cooks an absolutely disgusting looking breakfast for him and needs to be reminded not to eat humans. This is yet another of many movies whose release was delayed by the pandemic. Venom 2 is set to hit theaters on September 24.
The Forever Purge
At some point, don’t people run out of purging if it’s “forever”? It’s pretty handy that most bad guys wear scary masks so you can spot them easily, I guess? This is the fifth Flushing movie, and could be the last (in which case it makes more sense “forever”). It picks up after that The Purge: Election Year and stars Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Tenoch Huerta, Leven Rambin, Will Patton and Cassidy Freeman. The Forever Purge will hit theaters on July 2