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“Mortal Engines” is a Towering Mess of Tepid Fantasy

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While there are plenty of young adult novels adapted for the big screen, something as large as Mortal Engines would seem like it’d need a big blockbuster to bring its world to life. Here is a fantasy where cities either exist as giant tanks, floating colonies, unique aircraft, or hidden valleys protected by gigantic walls of many weapons. Peter Jackson’s Wingnut company, having helmed the massive visual-effects heavy adventures of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, is perfectly suited when it comes to making these images come to life. When it comes to breathing life into this world, however, the film is missing those key parts.

I like the world of Mortal Engines more than I do the people that inhabit it. Consider the intricacies of the mobile London, chugging across the decimated European countryside in the post-apocalyptic era. Hungry for resources, the city targets smaller tank towns and literally eats them up by ingesting fringe factions. Once inside, tank towns are stripped down for resources and the people absorbed into the London society. But, wait, why is this London mobile city suppose to be evil? Sure, they take your tech but it seems like they have a more upscale society where, at least according to the footage we see, doesn’t showcase the lower class or imprison those they take into the mobile city. So…why are the tank towns trying to escape?

Hester (Hera Hilmar) and Tom (Robert Sheehan) conspire to throw a monkey wrench into the works in Mortal Engines.

Anyway, London is run by a stuffy mayor (Patrick Malahide) that is blustering about the lacking of resources and rampaging across Europe being a bad idea. The one who favors the direct approach is historian Thaddeus Valentine, played by villain du jour Hugo Weaving. Thaddeus has stumbled onto some tech from the old world that brought about the end of times, figuring he can reconfigure it to end the faction war and make London reign supreme. But Thaddeus is really bad at covering up his sordid history when Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) comes to London brandishing a blade with Thaddeus’ name on it. Thaddeus doesn’t want to die but he doesn’t want everyone to know the terrible truth that Hester is his daughter who he wounded as a child. And since the historian Tom (Robert Sheehan) finds this out, both are cast out into the wasteland.

A romance will blossom between Hester and Tom but more by proximity than genuine care. The film is just too busy with towering structures, little aspects of its societies, alternative aircraft, and big action scenes. Other characters come into play with even less personality. Anna Fang (Jihae) looks like she escaped from a 1980s music video and is considered the bad-ass rebel because a red jacket and shotgun are all you need for that level of cool. There’s a nasty slave auctioneer boasting a suit made entirely of buttons, selling most humans he finds for meat. And then there’s the green-eyed Terminator zombie (Stephen Lang) that hunts down Hester for another backstory. And there’s yet another backstory of Hester’s mother. Do we even have time to address the anti-tank rebels or the hidden Asian valley?

With so many young adult stories of post-apocalyptic settings crowding most of the book market and some of the cinema, Mortal Engines just doesn’t have what it takes to stick out. I felt nothing for the characters who are far too rushed in this story they simply go through the motions of standard adventure and try to stay out of the way of the big special effects. Just because its world is cold and mechanical doesn’t mean the characters need to be just as devoid of humanity and personality.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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