Are you a cinema buff? Well, this week you’re in quite for a list of fun movies. Pick your poison from a selection of Dramas, Thrillers, Comedies, and Romantic movies.
The Shape of Water
What’s it about? This Fantasy, Drama film is directed by master director, Guillermo del Toro. Set in the 1960s, the film revolves around a top secret facility, holding in its captivity a mysterious amphibious creature. Oddly enough, a lonely janitor working in the facility, is intrigued by the creature, and a unique relationship is born.
The Good: Being a Guillermo del Toro film, a lot is expected from this movie, but surely enough, it delivers. After winning the Golden Globe for Best Director, the film was also nominated for a host of Academy Awards. The unique plot, excellent sound track, and impeccable acting will definitely keep you captivated throughout the film.
The Bad: While the film has been lauded for its directing and acting alike, the plot may not appeal to a large audience. The actors, while immensely talented, are not blockbuster names.
Mom and Dad
What’s it about? Nicolas Cage is back and he’s angry as hell. Mom and Dad is a horror-comedy – we don’t know what that is either – about two kids trying to survive a hellish 24 hours in which a worldwide mass hysteria turns parents into violent maniacs seeking to hurt their kids. Call it The Purge for kids, if you will.
The Good: Written and directed by Brian Taylor, who’s known for movies like Crank and Gamer, we can expect this film to be as his usual, filled with nonsense but ultimately fun. Cage’s role in the movie seems like a great fit for him, and the plot, though not completely original, promises a certain type of dark fun. You can definitely expect to have a blast with this movie.
The Bad: It’s a Nicolas Cage movie. Given our past experience, this should be enough of a sign. Cage has not seen much success in recently.
What’s it about? Imagine waking up as a different person every day? Well, in this movie, a character named “A” experiences that. Every day, a different person, the same age, but never the same person twice. Now imagine a shy teenage girl falling for that character, and experiencing these ever changing days with him/her.
The Good: The plot of this movie is definitely a huge part of its strength. It creates a lot of diversity, and can add different layers to the film, making it a very enjoyable watch. Director Michael Sucsy has had previous experiences with Romantic Dramas such as The Vow, and can bring his much needed expertise to drive this movie forward.
The Bad: As original as the plot may be, the movie will undoubtedly run the risk of being a teenagers’ romantic flick. If not well executed, a teenage love story is still a teenage love story no matter how unique its plot.
Condorito: The Movie (Space Chicken)
What’s it about? An animation movie from Peru, Condorito, or Space Chicken, promises to be a unique experience. Condorito, the Chilean comic books character, sets out on an adventure to save the world, and his loved ones, from dangerous aliens.
The Good: If you’re into eccentric treats you will definitely want a go at this. An animation movie is almost always a fun watch, even if it hails from another country, and this one promises something different. Adding credibility to the film, it is co-directed by Alex Orrelle, who has participated in the animation of movies such as Ice Age and The Incredibles.
The Bad: This one seems a bit obvious, it lacks in plot originality, and it is a non-English animation movie. Watching a movie from a ‘foreign’ country is always a non-popular choice, and add the fact that it is an animated feature, and even more people may steer away from it.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
What’s it about? Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the film revolves around a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter. The killer was never found, and the mother believes the police aren’t doing all they can, so she decides to take matters into her own hands.
The Good: Frances McDormand plays the mother, and she does an exquisite job at it. She’s also joined by fan-favorite star Woody Harrelson, and Game of Thrones star, Peter Dinklage. The film has already garnered very high ratings, and racked up Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand), and Actor in a Supporting role (Sam Rockwell). It was also nominated for a host of Academy Awards.
The Bad: Something about the plot seems a little “been there done that.”
To find out where and when you can catch these films, check out the Cairo 360 Cinema Guide.