Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Loren: What if Tim Burton made the X-Men set in the 20s? I don’t really trust Mr. Burton anymore so I think I’m waiting on this one. It looks interesting though.
RDT: Pretty much what Loren and Rick said (sorry, Jen).
Rick: I’m not familiar with the source material, but this feels like X-Men by way of Harry Potter with the look of an Edward Gorey sketch. I don’t know if I’m interested enough to catch this in theaters, but it looks like a good rainy afternoon movie.
Jen: Does this movie skew female? I already have my ticket for Friday (with a bunch of girlfriends)? Could this be a return to old-school Tim Burton? My fingers are crossed that after a few misses this re-captures the Edward Scissorhands-era magic.
Loren: There are a lot of people in this. Whether they are good or not is left to be seen. I just can’t seem to get into this movie. I don’t even know if I’ll bother when it hits DVD/Streaming.
RDT: When I was seeing this for free, I was looking forward to it. Since those plans fell through, meh. I’ll see it eventually, but I feel no rush to catch it this weekend, or even in theaters.
Rick: I don’t always care for Peter Berg’s movies (don’t get me started on Lone Survivor), but one of the things he does well is direct action. He has an excellent sense of geography when constructing scenes, so even during the chaos the audience is aware of where the characters are and what obstacles they’re facing. That doesn’t assert that Deepwater Horizon is going to be good from a story standpoint, but I’m sure it’ll be well composed visually. From that perspective, it’ll be worth checking out in theaters.
Jen: This has a strong Armageddon feel about it. I may have imagined it but I swear I heard that annoying Aerosmith song over Marky-Mark’s skype call. Also this isn’t exactly related but all the TV ads for this say “Based on a True Story” which annoys me because, duh – who doesn’t remember this event from just six years ago.