In Cairo Cinemas: What to Expect from This Week’s New Film Releases
Two threequels and a reboot make-up this week’s offering of Hollywood’s latest, with Caesar and his ape nation finally going up against their human counterparts, Lightening McQueen taking one last shot at glory for old time’s sake and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson teaming up with Zac Efron for some beachside shenanigans – read on and it will all make sense.
War for the Planet of the Apes
What’s it About? Following on from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the third installment in the rebooted series sees tensions between Caesar, as well as the now incredibly involved ape population, and the last remaining humans reach a tipping point, as they wrestle for domination.
Why it Might Be Good: To the surprise of all, the series has thus far been a box office hit and this one will probably be the same. Andy Serkis leads the charge as Caesar, while the always watchable Woody Harrelson is decent addition to the cast.
Why it Might Be Bad: Despite earning millions at the box office, neither of the two previous films have been particularly critically successful. This threequel gets us closer to what we already know – that the apes win – and lacks the space to flesh out the mythology more, unlike the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, whose biggest pull was seeing ‘how it all began’.
What’s it About? Dwayne Johnson plays a veteran lifeguard who quickly comes at odds with a brash new recruit in the unlikely reboot of the iconic, David Hasselhoff-starring TV series of the same name.
Why it Might Be Good: Well, for one, it bears little resemblance to its source material – it’s a straight-up action-comedy. The biggest draw here, however, is Dwayne Johnson; he won’t be winning any Oscars anytime soon, but the former WWE wrestler is, without, doubt one of the most charismatic actors in Hollywood today.
Why it Might Be Bad: On the other hand, the jury is still very much out on Johnson’s co-star, Zac Effron, who can’t seem to find himself post-High School Musical. The chemistry between the two is the key to success or failure here.
What’s it About? Pixar’s anthropomorphic vehicle animation returns with its hero, Lightening McQueen finding himself overshadowed a cocky new car, as he (it?) comes to terms with the fact that he’s just not the car he used to be.
Why it Might Be Good: Cars has never tried to be anything than an easily-digestible, undefended children’s movie and so if it to be any good, it will appeal most of all to its demographic – it’s more of the same, but sometimes that’s what works.
Why it Might be Bad: Again, because it’s more of the same. While the basic premise (hero begins to come to terms with his own mortality, before going one more time) but don’t think that it will explore this mythos in any meaningful way. Plus, the bland aesthetic doesn’t seem to have improved.