After the success of the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, Hollywood studio executives have left no literary stone unturned, hoping to find the next great film franchise. Lionsgate hoped as much when it acquired the film rights to Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel, The Hunger Games three years ago.
The origins of 21 Jump Street may be lost on the younger generations Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum attract, yet they manage to pull it off anyway. The filmmakers create an understanding with the audience that they’re in on the joke but that they’re still going to deliver a thoughtful, fun film.
Project X is a film for the modern age. It’s basically one long YouTube video of the greatest high school party ever and is perhaps the first “found footage” film that is an outright comedy. What sounds like it could be, at the very least, an amusing premise ends up being a complete mess.
David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo shouldn’t be seen as a remake of the recent Swedish film, but rather as a reinterpretation of the source book. Either way Fincher crafts a film that’s equal, if not slightly better than, it’s predecessor.
Guy Ritche’s follow up to his gritty take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic sleuth is par for the course. Picking up where the first one left of it’s more of the same for Robert Downey, Jr. and crew, who are involved in another complicated caper involving Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty.