The first weekend movie preview for the month of March gives us the latest sci-fi vision from District 9 creator Neill Blomkamp, sees the return of Vince Vaughn to raunchy comedy with Unfinished Business and the gang from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is back for the sequel!
Let's break it down...
Chappie: Blomkamp returns to a South African-centric story (like District 9) for his latest -- the story of an AI robot who has the mind of a child and learns to grow through the help of some unlikely maternal and paternal characters. Dev Patel stars and is the heart and soul of the movie truly. Longtime Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley provides the voice of the title character and it's nice to see Hugh Jackman play a villain. Even if it is a villain with a mullet.
Our Chappie review found the movie had too many balls in the air. If it had just focused on the robot, Patel and Jackman, it would have been a much smoother and heartwarming tale.
The Second Best Marigold Hotel: They're back and looking to expand. Patel has his second flick of the weekend and this sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is by far the better of the two Patel films out now. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy all are back and are given character arcs that are deeply satisfying and rarely found in sequels. Richard Gere joins the cast as a new resident of the hotel and he could not have been better cast and given a better role to sink his talented teeth into.
For more on this complete and utter treat, check out our The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel review. The Bollywood musical score (and dancing) only adds to this flick's awesomeness.
Unfinished Business: Vaughn is back and although this film is raunchy in its comedic delivery, there are too many trying-to-be-heartwarming moments. Is this an R-rated comedy or a family comedy? The problem is it just doesn't know. There are many laugh-out-loud moments, for sure, but every time Vaughn checks back at home with his family, they lose us.
We love a good family comedy, as reported in our Unfinished Business review, but family and raunchy comedy should never be words that are used in the same sentence.
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