The weekend warriors of October 25, 2013 includes Bad Grandpa and The Counselor. 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, Gravity conquered the battlefield again with not one single competitor coming close to its ticket sales. Although this weekend may include only Rated R new releases again, there is one competitor that may have enough penis and fart jokes to kick Clooney and Bullock out of this world.
Can Johnny Knoxville and Team Jackass punch Alfonso Cuarón in the balls or will Ridley Scott and his all star cast having everyone pleading insanity? Have you been bad? This is the Box Office Battlefield:
The Counselor (Rated R) 117 min – (Directed by Ridley Scott) Starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt
Synopsis: A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. (Watch the trailer here)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 36% • Audience – 37%
The Rundown: Ridley Scott is able to direct the hell out of movies if he is given a good script. Unfortunately, however, The Counselor does not have one. Cormac McCarthy, a novelist best known for The Road, All the Pretty Horses, and No Country for Old Men, decided he would try his hand in screenwriting. And although the fantastic A-List actors do as well as a job that they could with the material they were given, the film comes out very dry and uninteresting. There are these twisting plots involving one main character that become overly convoluted and everyone talks in vague dialogue. The story is very basic to its core and drags far too long than it should. Oh yeah, and Cameron Diaz wipes her cooter on a car windshield because that’s how she do. SKIP IT!
Bad Grandpa (Rated R) 92 min – (Director: Jeff Tremaine) Starring Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll
Synopsis: 86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy. (Watch the trailer here)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 63% • Audience – 78%
If you’ve seen the trailer for Bad Grandpa already, you might as well just save your money and wait for it to come on Netflix or rent it at a Redbox. Most of the shocking moments are depicted in the trailer and leaves little to the imagination. But if you have been good, and avoided the trailer in fear of spoiling yourself – and if this kind of comedy tickles your fancy – than Bad Grandpa may be right up your alley. Some of the more raunchy gags work well in the moment to surprise unsuspecting bystanders, but there is never really anything to link most of the gags together to create a good narrative. Many of the jokes go on for far too long and reiterate facts that we already know, he’s a bad grandpa. Even if you are looking to shut your brain off, this movie still tends to let your mind wander. I know one guy in the front row of the screening I was at had his eyes fixated on his phone for a good five minutes. RENT IT!
12 Years a Slave opens up into more theaters this weekend, which I highly recommend you seeing. There is also a new indie release entitled Blue is the Warmest Color, which has gotten a ton of buzz for its powerful story of love and graphic lesbian sex scene.
Gravity can only reach so many moviegoers so many times before they are flat broke with on additional IMAX 3D costs. The Jackass crew has a strong following and stands a good chance to dethrone Alfonso Cuarón from the top. I don’t think The Counselor is on anyone’s radar no matter how “action” oriented the trailer makes it appear. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be: