February is starting with quite a bang for this first weekend movie preview of the month. The Wachowskis are back with Jupiter Ascending, Jeff Bridges battles Julianne Moore and her coven in Seventh Son and SpongeBob gets his own big screen adventure with The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
Let's break it down...
Jupiter Ascending: The Wachowskis are always known for pushing the limits of what visual effects can do while simultaneously tackling a storyline that has the biggest of scopes. They're back with their latest and it is a princess story that stretches to the furthest reaches of the universe. Mila Kunis is said princess and Channing Tatum is an alien warrior sent to Earth to save her from assassins who seek to kill her so they can keep control of the universe.
As we stated in our Jupiter Ascending review, the film is a bit complicated to digest, but the visuals are epic and stunning. When it comes to popcorn movies, this one is the pop-iest of all!
Seventh Son: This long delayed movie is not as bad as most often delayed movies can be. Bridges battles Moore's witch, sure, but this film is more about finding one's destiny and that arrives in the storyline following Ben Barnes. He is Bridges' apprentice and he will discover his life calling over the course of their fantastical journey.
Our Seventh Son review found the film more entertaining than we expected, but sure it has problems. Bridges' characterization is all sorts of off and Moore seems like she is just phoning it in.
The SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water: Where the SpongeBob Squarepants show is a hit with both young and old, we feel that the big screen story will only find joy with the youngest of viewers. SpongeBob must head onto land in search of the recipe of his beloved burgers that have been stolen by real-world Antonio Banderas. Kids will love it, but we're afraid that's about it.
Feel like staying in this weekend?
Some super titles have landed on digital download. Watch Dracula Untold online and discover the Vlad the Impaler origins story we never knew. Also, watch John Wick online and prepare to be dazzled by the best Keanu Reeves film in years.