As Mother’s day weekend quickly approaches, many of us are scrambling to find the same tired card and flower combo. It always seems like this holiday sneaks up, out of nowhere, and often we see the day pass with an empty feeling that we let our leading lady down.
This year, Hollywood has provided the masses with a light-hearted film in the wildly popular escape duo genre that mom would enjoy, with Snatched. Although the plot is predictable, two travelers find themselves kidnapped and hilarity and hijinks follow them as they attempt to escape their attackers, co-stars Amy Schumer and long-awaited return Goldie Hawn add a warm mother-daugther twist to the theme.
Schumer portrays Emily, the likeable archetype of distastefulness, immune to shame, creating a mix of innocence and ignorance that draws crowds. Similar to her role in Trainwreck, the character is loud, self-absorbed, unapologetic, sloppy, with a large dose of naivety. Balancing the histrionic nature of Emily is her mother, the calm, overprotective Linda, played by Hawn. Masterful at acting like a suburban divorcee, Hawn keeps the plot focused on the connection of family and self-discovery.
The flick opens with Emily down on her luck. She loses a job, a boyfriend, and has NON-REFUNDABLE tickets to an all-inclusive resort in Ecuador, which no one wants join her on. Fearful Linda lives at home with her adult son, many cats, and in constant worry of her daughter living in the big-city. After a lot of bickering, the two decide to take the trip together. The polar-opposite responses to what a fun-filled vacation looks like leads to discord among the women. Fallen prey to a handsome kidnapper, they must rely on each other and the kindness of strangers in order to survive in the harsh jungle.
The movie earns extra cool points for its variety of comedic cameos, including the hilariously nerdy agoraphobic character, Jeffery, executed by Ike Barinholtz. Upon learning that his mother and sister are being held for ransom, he attempts to save them the best way he knows how: trolling. With repeated prank calls and Facebook stalking an FBI agent, Jeffery’s subplot almost steals the show.
The response to this movie will depend on how one feels about either of its principal women. If you love Schumer’s self-deprecating persona, then you’ll love the obnoxious Emily. If you’ve missed the old-school style of Hawn’s slap-stick and wit, then you’ll be enamoured with Linda. However, these are both toned down versions of the star’s usual performance; don’t build it up to more than what it is, a mom-com. The person this movie is attempting to attract is the one who simply wants a good laugh around the generational clash between a parent and their child.
This Mother’s day weekend, Friday May 12, 2017, don’t choose the humdrum last minute gift from the impulse isle. Instead take her for a good laugh with the heartwarming Snatched.
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm