The weekend movie preview is largely about doubling the fun!
Muppets Most Wanted features two Kermits and Enemy features two Jake Gyllenhaals. And then there's that little movie based on the blockbuster book series from author Veronica Roth -- Divergent!
Divergent: Roth's book comes to life and thanks largely to Shailene Woodley in the lead role, Neil Burger's movie works. We think the string of YA novels to screen failures (Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments) will end with the arrival of Divergent in theaters. The film really cooks and features elements that surprisingly have the viewer looking at our own society. For more, check out our Divergent review.
Muppets Most Wanted: The Muppets are back! And believe it or not, it's an even better movie than their first "return" to theaters with The Muppets. This time out we get two Kermits, our favorite felt frog and an evil criminal mastermind who goes by the name of Constantine. Kermit's doppelganger is pure trouble, and paired with Ricky Gervais, we are in Muppet villain heaven with this one. As reported in our Muppets Most Wanted review, the songs are even more catchier than the first film's Oscar-winning soundtrack, the cameos bigger and everything just works.
Enemy: Gyllenhaal pulls double duty in this film that reunites him with his director from Prisoners. We wish we could say the film is as good as that one, but it simply falls flat. The concept is astounding: A person discovers (when watching him act in a movie) that he has an exact double. Are they twins? Are they doppelgangers? (There's that word again!) Who knows, and the film never explains it. As our Enemy review pointed out, we don't have to have movies tie all things up in a bow, but something has to make some sort of sense.