The weekend warriors of May 2, 2014 includes The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Belle, and Walk of Shame. 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 and determine who will be victorious.
Last weekend, The Other Woman edged out Captain America: The Winter Soldier simply by being the biggest new release at the cinemas. Well there’s a new dog in town, and he’s bringing a whole bunch of action and wit and Emma Stone. Does Kate Upton stand a chance? With great a reboot comes great responsibility. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Marc Webb) Rated PG-13 [142 min] – Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, Sally Field, and Paul Giamatti
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 54% • Audience – 77%
It would appear that the sequel to one of the most unnecessary reboots of our time took on a little more than it could chew. I’m seeing it tomorrow morning, but here’s what a few other folks have said:
“I guess this is all a long way of saying, if you were wondering whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a big, overstuffed mess, yes, it’s a big overstuffed mess.” – Vince Mancini (Film Drunk)
“The small moments, the physical comedy, Spidey’s constant wisecracking; these things are all charming, but they’re counterbalanced by stock summer blockbuster elements that Webb never seems interested in.” – Ian Buckwalter (NPR)
Sounds like it is what everyone expected it to be. And I was kind of looking forward to it too. I hope the negative reviews for this will push Sony to work a deal out with Marvel Studios. MATINEE IT IF YOU REALLY HAVE TO SEE IT. OTHERWISE RENT IT!
Belle (Amma Asante) [Limited] Rated PG [104 min] – An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, and Miranda Richardson
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 78% • Audience – 86%
It takes a lot of effort for me to find the will power to endure a biopic/period piece, but the reviews seem to give it praise:
“Incongruous as it may seem, the pleasures of Jane Austen and the horrors of the British slave trade make a surprisingly elegant and emotionally satisfying fit in Belle.” – Justin Chang (Variety)
“Belle is handsome-looking, shot in golden, faded-brocade tones by Ben Smithard, but it moves stiffly, encumbered by too many petticoats of expository dialogue.” – Stephanie Zacharek (Village Voice)
Well I guess not everyone. NETFLIX IT IF YOU’RE BORED!
Walk of Shame (Steven Brill) [Limited] Rated R [95 min] – A reporter’s dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money – and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life. Starring Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, and Sarah Wright
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 15% • Audience – 63%
The trailer looked pretty awful, but they have a lot of good comedic stars, how could this go wrong? It’s only showing in 50 theaters as of today, so of those who have already seen it, here’s what they have to say:
“Nothing happens in Walk of Shame that we don’t see coming, and there’s nothing in the film that’s more interesting than whatever you’re looking at on your phone while you’re trying to watch it.” – Dustin Rowles (Pajiba.com)
“Though replete with plot holes and lapses in logic as wide and ugly as the L.A. Freeway, Walk of Shame doesn’t have the moxie to go anywhere ludicrous or dangerous with its premise.” – Joe McGovern (Entertainment Weekly)
I wouldn’t expect much from Brill anyways. Wah wah. NETFLIX IT ON A RAINY NIGHT IN!
Well the kiddies will want to see Spider-Man back in action, and as a 3D film that always helps rake in the moolah. Belle and Walk of Shame are in limited release and no one really wants to endure The Other Woman again. And although the reviews have not been that positive, it’s another Spider-Man movie, so we have to see it. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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