The Mother’s Day weekend warriors for May 10-12, 2013 includes The Great Gatsby and Tyler Perry Presents Peeples. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of all the movie releases for the weekend. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.
Last weekend, Iron Man 3 dominated the box office like a boss and propelled movie goers into the 2013 summer movie season with a bang. We have only just begun and the glitz and glamor of The Great Gatsby should draw in those who are not the superhero movie type. We’ve also got another Tyler Perry movie coming out this weekend too.
Can Tyler Perry and Leonardo DiCaprio stop Robert Downey Jr. or will Marvel Studios provide zero room too breath? Let’s get this started Old Sport! This is the Box Office Battlefield:
The Great Gatsby (Rated PG-13) 143 min – (Directed by Baz Luhrmann) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan
Synopsis: A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 43% • Audience – 84%
Baz Luhrmann is his own best and worst enemy. This guy can put together some visually stunning work, yet skimp on the glue; the screenplay. You can have a Mona Lisa, but without the attention to detail in the subject she is only going to engage audiences so far. The Great Gatsby is a simple case of style over substance. The pieces of there, but the director doesn’t seem to grasp the full concept to create a truly captivating piece of work. It is brilliant vibrant, well-cast, and the 3D is actually not bad, but for almost two and a half hours long The Great Gatsby lacks enough oomph and conviction to believe in these characters or their goals. MATINEE IT!
Tyler Perry Presents Peeples (Rated PG-13) 95 min – (Directed by Tina Gordon Chism) Starring Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, and S. Epatha Merkerson
Synopsis: Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s hand in marriage.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 43% • Audience – 72%
I want to believe that with all of the work Tyler Perry has produced he has learned how to turn out a good movie. Peeples stars Craig Robinson, and we have yet to see him in a leading role, but I think he has what it takes. The man has great comedic timing and has Kerry Washington to back him up. This will be Tina Gordon Chism’s first time directing – she also wrote the film – her work is most notable for the screenplay for Drumline and ATL. It looks a lot tamer than most Tyler Perry films, something more for a wider audience to enjoy. My biggest concern is David Alan Grier. RENT IT!
Iron Man 3 is still on a hot streak and I don’t think The Great Gatsby will be turning heads enough to bring down the reigning champion. Eli Roth’s new horror thriller, Aftershock, releases this weekend as well, but on a very limited release. Peeples should do just fine for how small it is, but it will be interesting to watch how much Gatsby can chip away at the Marvel blockbuster.