We start off this week with the new film from M. Night Shyamalan, Glass. David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and his son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) have built a system over the years to harness David’s incredible powers to stop criminals all over the city. When a new threat hits the streets in the form of a powerful killer called The Beast (James McAvoy), David and Joseph try desperately to find him before he can harm anyone else. But their confrontations lead to both David and The Beast, also known as Kevin Wendell Crumb, being captured and put into a mental hospital along with Dunn’s old nemesis Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) and questioned by a doctor (Sarah Paulson) out to debunk their supposed powers.
Glass is the third film from Shyamalan in his Unbreakable, or Eastrail 177 Trilogy, following Unbreakable in 2000 and Split in 2016. M. Night’s take on superheroes and super villains in the real world is fascinating and beautifully constructed, both Unbreakable and Split were wonderfully put together thrillers that were extremely effective. Glass tries to tie up the storylines with a tale of all three men being questioned and examined, while they all play cat and mouse games with each other with the fate of the public hanging in the balance. M. Night made some decisions I didn’t really dig in Glass, ending the series on a disappointing note that really wasn’t what I was hoping for being such a big fan of the other two films. But Glass is still a well-made, intriguing and well-acted film with some great set pieces and action. It was especially great seeing James McAvoy return to the role of Crumb, a criminally underrated performance that is well worth the time invested even if things didn’t turn out as planned.
Next up is the new Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller, Replicas. Reeves plays Will Foster, an innovative synthetic biologist trying to transplant the human mind into synthetic bodies. When a horrible tragedy takes the lives of Will’s wife and children, Will desperately risks using the technology to bring them back to life, which seems to work wonders. But as small glitches are noticed, Will questions if he actually made the right decision after all or if he should have left the lives of his loved ones to fate.
Replicas is not a serious, science of the future type sci fi flick. This is more 80s style, fun, what if…type film that is ridiculous but still lots of fun. The cast seems to ham it up a little and know what they are delivering, especially Reeves, Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch and Alice Eve. Replicas is not to be taken too seriously but if you are in the mood for an 80's flavored sci fi thriller, this will do just fine.
Lastly this week is a new family fantasy film called The Kid Who Would Be King. Playing off the classic King Arthur story, Louis Ashbourne Serkis plays Alex, a normal kid who feels like a nobody in school who stumbles upon the mythical Excalibur sword. As ancient legend comes to life and all sort of mythical beasts threaten the real world at the hands of the wicked sorceress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), Alex must unite his friends and enemies alike to form a band of knights who, along with the help of legendary wizard Merlin (Sir Patrick Stewart), must save their world from the threat of another, and Alex must become the hero he never knew he could be.
The Kid Who Would Be King really should have done better in theatres. This is one fun ride with some spectacular special effects, great performances and a solid story that all make for a rollicking good time. Parents will not be bored watching this one with their kids, there is plenty of action, lots of creatures, loads of laughs and Sir Patrick Stewart, what more could you possibly ask for? The Kid Who Would Be King is a perfect mix of swords, sorcery, family fun and all around great adventure.
Also of note this week is the new DC Animated film Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, the Blu-ray debuts of Smokey and the Bandit II and III, and the Blu-ray debut of the 80's cult classic horror flick Superstition.
Until next week movie lovers!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday April 16, 2019
Becky Sharp (1935)*
Bend of the River (1952)*
Black Gunn / The Take
Cartoon Network: Steven Universe - The Complete Second Season
Diamonds of the Night* - Criterion Collection
Escape at Dannemora
Grave of the Vampire*
Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987)*
Highway Patrolman (1991)*
Justice League vs. The Fatal Five
Malibu Express (1985)*
Master of Dark Shadows
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One [Limited Edition Steelbook]
Of Fathers and Sons
Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)*
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)*
The Big C: The Complete Series
The Karate Kid 35th Anniversary 4K
The Kid Who Would Be King
The Manitou (1978)*
WWE: Elimination Chamber 2019
*Catalog Blu-ray debut