Box Office Battlefield: Interstellar vs. Big Hero 6

Box Office Battlefield Interstellar vs. Big Hero 6

The weekend warriors of November 7, 2014 includes Big Hero 6 and Interstellar, as well as a few limited releases. 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, Ouija came out on top again with little new to offer moviegoers. Plus it was Halloween weekend, so every one was most likely out partying. Two big boys are entering the arena this weekend, but who will come out on top? Christopher Nolan or Disney? Hairy baby! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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Interstellar (Christopher Nolan) Rated PG-13 [169 min] A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 71% • Audience – 90%

What they’re saying:

“The best thing about Nolan is that he inspires you to think magically. The worst thing about him is that he requires you to, since his convoluted plots don’t work without it.” – Vince Mancini (FilmDrunk)

“A knockout one minute, a punch-drunk crazy film the next, Interstellar is a highly stimulating mess.” – Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune)

What I’m saying:

Christopher Nolan has proven that he is a big picture, high concept sorta guy. I don’t see Interstellar being any different. I haven’t seen it yet because I’ve been waiting to go up to the true 70mm IMAX since they don’t have one in my city. I’m sure everything is high caliber, but based on some of the brief review headlines I’ve read, I hope things aren’t as muddled or messy as people say. Nonetheless, Interstellar is that event movie you must see in theaters because of its grand scale. SEE IT! (Watch the trailer)

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Big Hero 6 (Don Hall and Chris Williams) Rated PG [108 min] – The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. Starring Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., Alan Tudyk, and T.J. Miller

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 87% • Audience – 91%

What I’m saying:

Loosely adapted from the comic source material, this animated feature infuses that heartfelt Disney sensibility with Marvel‘s action-oriented storytelling. But as the influx of superhero films plague cinemas, Big Hero 6 presents little to differentiate itself from other superhero origin stories. It may sound like I’m being awfully harsh on Big Hero 6, but I did rather enjoy it. The direction and pacing were tight, the animation is thoughtfully detailed, the heroes are very diverse and fun to watch together, and the colors are exceedingly vibrant – don’t see this in 3D, it completely destroys how much life the colors give this film. SEE IT! (Read my full review) (Watch the trailer)

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The Theory of Everything (James Marsh) [Limited] Rated PG-13  – [123 min] – A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. Starring Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Emily Watson, and Charlie Cox

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 83% • Audience – 83%

What they’re saying:

“Redmayne and Jones are beautifully compatible as Hawking and his then-wife Jane as they navigate the ebb and flow of 25 years of their relationship.” – Kenneth Turan (LA Times)

” The Theory Of Everything is a modest film, a simple film, but an honest and impressively-restrained one, and it should serve to launch Redmayne into rarefied air as an actor, deservedly so.” – Drew McWeeny (HitFix)

What I’m saying:

I’ve come to the point where I’m sick and tired of readily generic biopics that don’t tell an interesting story. I’ll go into The Theory of Everything for Redmayne’s performance, but from what I’ve read, again, this is your standard biopic. MATINEE IT!

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Jessabelle (Kevin Greutert) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [90 min] A young woman recuperating at her father’s run-down home after a tragic accident soon encounters a terrifying presence with a connection to her long-deceased mother. Starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, and Joelle Carter

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 29% • Audience – 82%

What they’re saying:

“There are few scares here, but plenty of mild grossness. The absurd ending ties up the mystery in a way that’s sure to annoy both supernaturalists and realists.” – Jordan Hoffman (New York Daily News)

“The too-infrequent scare techniques … are mostly by the book, rarely developing sufficient dread to heighten the film’s rather unremarkable climax.” – Justin Lowe (Hollywood Reporter)

What I’m saying:

Well these reviews aren’t that comforting, and I didn’t expect much from this film. These supernatural thrillers area becoming so formulaic and uninteresting that every beat of these films are taxing on my attention span. There is nothing in the trailers that have caught my eye that would make it stand out from others of its kind. SKIP IT!

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Open Windows (Nacho Vigalondo) [Limited] Unrated [100 min] – A jilted fan is pulled into a a world of cat-and-mouse danger after accepting an invitation to spy on his favorite actress via computer. Starring Sasha Grey, Elijah Wood, Neil Maskell, and Michelle Jenne

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 44% • Audience – 21%

What they’re saying:

“Vigalondo is shooting for something densely layered, an expression of the complexity and moral murkiness of the hacker sphere, but he doesn’t have the plot sorted out.” – Scott Tobias (The Dissolve)

“The combined concepts are so high that the film resolves as Vigalondo reaches his Icarus moment, the corpse so mangled and unpleasant the project’s ambition can only be identified via dental records.” – David Ehrlich (AV Club)

What I’m saying:

The concept and adrenaline fueled trailer seem like the ultimate combo for a fun popcorn flick, but it appears that it is a jumble of ideas. Elijah Wood has come out with some pretty crazy movies lately that have been quite entertaining for a home video rental. And Nacho Vigalando’s Timecrimes is one of the best thrillers of the past decade. Based on the sour reviews, I’m sad to see this one not live up to expectations. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

Although the parents will be taking their kids out in droves to see Baymax and Hiro, Christopher Nolan has a lot of drawing power with audiences of all quadrants. And the fact that Interstellar is selling us on the idea that this is a true IMAX experience, that will be considerable leverage when folks are tired of 3D movies. And the 3D in Big Hero 6 is not worth it at all, and parents don’t want to spend the extra money for 3D glasses for their kids too. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:

Winner: Interstellar


Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes

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