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).
Loren: I feel like I’m the only person who never watched this show. So why would I watch the movie?
RDT: My disinterest in the show carries over to the movie.
Rick: I have never watched an episode of this series, but I know there are legions of fans who are clamoring for more. I hope they enjoy.
Jen: Seems unlikely that *none* of us would have seen this, but there it is. Good on ya for the fans.
AJ: I just never got into this show. I may someday still – who knows. But I am sure the fans are going apeshit for this, right? Good on them. I hope it holds up to their expectations. It looks pretty good, I think.
Loren: I wasn’t sure going into this that I was going to be down for it. That trailer did enough to keep me pretty invested. Count me in.
RDT: I’m totally into this. It looks like good, smart sci-fi, which we don’t get enough of. I might try to catch it this weekend.
Rick: Is this an unofficial sequel to Space Cowboys? Half-jokes aside, I’m in for this. I’m always up for what looks like smart sci-fi, even if the whole “mission went sideways/we need to send someone” trope is a bit tired.
Jen: That looks pretty solid. I’ve heard great things, including a lot of comparisons to Apocalypse Now and Blade Runner, two movies that sucked me in to their respective worlds. This feels like one to see in the theater.
AJ: Brad Pitt is having a good Summer, eh? I’m only interested in seeing this because it’s him and I’m a big fan. And I swear it’s not just because he’s pretty. Which he is. Also just curious, is he shirtless at all in this movie?
Rambo: Last Blood
Loren: I’m all set on “Angry White Man The Movie”. I have no particular love for the franchise so…
RDT: Stallone aside, this franchise followed a similar path as Rocky. Start out smart and thinky with the first one. Get caught up in the (no pun intended) over the top tone of the 80’s. Falter a bit but get back to thinky for the last couple of flicks in the franchise. Though this may not be as thinky as Balboa/Creed. All that being said, meh.
Rick: I’m a devout fan of this series, both the good (First Blood, Rambo) and the ridiculous (Part II and Rambo 3), but I’m not excited for this movie in the least. Rambo’s arc came to a fitting conclusion at the end of the last movie. After a lifetime of violence and heartbreak, he finally got to go home. Bringing him back to face off against a drug cartel, one of the laziest of tropey villians one can put in a script, screams of a lack of ideas or motivation. This is just going to be Straw Dogs/Taken cranked up to a million. It’s unnecessary and cash-grabby. I may watch it in a third run theater to see if I’m right, but it’s definitely going to be a curiosity hate-watch.
Jen: Dear Studio, If Rick doesn’t want to see your Rambo movie, maybe you need to re-think your Rambo movie.
AJ: I have never seen a Rambo movie. And so I’m not likely to see this. And Rick’s certainly not selling me on it! Continue reading