In theaters this weekend, we have another oddball mix. We're getting to that point of the year where, on the weekends, seemingly something for everyone will be released. For the action lovers, Fast Five comes out; for kids, there's the sequel to Hoodwinked; for older kids, Disney is releasing a film about prom called... Prom; and for the rest of us, there's Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. Which is more worth it? Which will be the safest way to spend your money?
Well, my answer is to see all of them. Even the ones that look terrible. But, that's my advice for anything in general. If you don't know what's bad, how can you really know what's good?
Let's take a closer look at each.
Fast Five. PG-13.
We all know the story. Career criminal Dom and ex-federal agent Brian have been boosting vehicles and racing in the streets since 2001. Fast and Furious, the fourth film, was supposed to be the last one in the series. Of course, it was wildly successful, and the demand for one more was met. Adding Dwayne Johnson to the cast was probably the best thing the creators could have done, even past bringing everyone from the other films back together and tying up the story between Tokyo Drift and the rest of the films. And for anyone confused about the order, it's this - The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast and Furious, Fast Five, Tokyo Drift. That's been confirmed.
Hoodwinked Too!: Hood vs Evil
I remember distinctly enjoying the first one. Cute, inconsequential little film; nothing to lose your mind over. Even so, this film has a hell of a cast - Hayden Panettiere replaces Anne Hathaway as the girl with the red hood, and coming back are Patrick Warburton, Glenn Close, David Ogden Stiers... was there much of a demand for a sequel to Hoodwinked? Not like there was for the Fast and the Furious franchise. But, still, it's something for the kids to sit down and see while most of us go to see either Fast Five or...
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. PG-13.
Based on one of the most popular comic boons around today (to the tune of over 60 million copies worldwide), Dylan Dog is the story of a paranormal investigator. He focuses his efforts on the undead, and that's all you need to know going in. What you should probably be made aware of before you go in is this - the cast is wonderful, in pretty much everything they've been in. Brandon Routh, who got his fame shot through the roof because of Superman takes on another comic book. Taye Diggs is back on the big screen, and hopefully he'll stick around this time. Sam Huntington seems to be growing into his own, but time will tell. He might be relegated to this genre for the rest of his career. Goofy nerds need to be casted. We'll see how this goes over. I'm excited.
Disney's multi-narrative focusing on the trials and tribulations of going to prom, being at prom, and dealing with prom... make me really concerned for Disney. I'm guessing that this isn't anyone's dream project; just more of a "paycheck" you know? But, I know that some of the young talent might make a dent. Basically, this is the kind of film that begs to be an R-rated comedy. Imagine an American Pie-esque take on the trailer, and then rekindle your excitement. One of high school's biggest nights is turned into what's sure to be one of the year's biggest flops. Take the older kids to see Fast Five or Dylan Dog. Yes, Prom is coming out just in time for Prom, but... let them focus on their actual prom instead.
Go out and see a movie. You've earned it. It's been a long weekend. Fast Five is the surprise of the week, getting an overwhelming amount of positive reviews, and a 77-80% on Rotten Tomatoes. Hoodwinked Too! has about 6-12%. Fast Five is my recommendation, that and Dylan Dog.