Saturday, 1 April 2017

April 2017 – Beauty and the Beast – Box Office, A tribute to child actors, Fast and Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Hi Everyone,

It was only a month or so ago that I was raving about La La Land, and saying that the only film that could prevent the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling musical from taking home the Best Picture Oscar was coming-of-age drama Moonlight. Well, as it turned out, Moonlight did indeed win the top prize at the Academy Awards – although La La Land did very well too; with six wins including, for example, Best Director and Best Actress.

La La Land was shaping up to be my favourite movie of the year (thus far) – when along came three movies that have knocked it into fourth place. The first of these I'd like to mention is Disney's 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The movie is really good, with an outstanding score and Broadway-style songs. A few folks have been put off from seeing the film by the announcement (by the film's director Bill Condon) that one of the film's main characters, LeFou, is “Gay”. This caused a bit of a stir. Regardless of the stance you take on LGBT issues, however, I can tell you the whole thing has been blown out of proportion – as there are no more than about three “camp” moments in the movie (all of them humorous) and these (in my humble opinion) are no more outrageous than you'd get in your average Carry On film. Anyway, I love the movie and it seems that a lot of other people do too. At least, it's had incredible success at the global box office. At time of writing (after only 14 days on general release) the film has taken in an amazing $766 at the worldwide box office. This is a rare achievement.



Update: After 21 days on general release, Beauty and the Beast has taken in $900m at the worldwide box office. 

Update: Just shy of four weeks on general release, and the film has brought in $1 Billion Dollars worldwide.

Fast and Furious 8 is to reach a very rapid billion dollars also!

By the way, Beauty and the Beast features a nice little performance from child actor Nathan Mack – who plays Chip in the movie. In fact I've been very impressed by a number of performances from child actors this year. Moonlight has memorable performances from child actors (Alex Hibbert and Ashton Sanders) as does my other two favourite films of the year so far: Lion and Logan. In the engaging and moving true story Lion, the first part of the movie is dominated by an impressive debut performance from new discovery Sunny Pawar – who plays the lead character Saroo as a boy. He pretty much carries the first half of the movie all by himself. Similarly, Logan has a brilliant and utterly convincing performance from actress Dafne Keen – also in her first film (having previously only appeared in the Anglo-Spanish TV drama The Refugees). In this great X-Men spin-off, she plays a girl named Laura, who turns out to be a mutant similar to Wolverine. These films are both wonderful – and so are the performances of these youngsters.

Dafne Keen in Logan (above left) and Alex Hibbert (far right) pictured with Mahershala Ali in Moonlight.


The big films released in the UK in March 2017 include Fast and Furious 8 (also known as The Fate of the Furious), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and animated comedy The Boss Baby. Here's a picture from each of those movies. (I've also included a still from limited release The Zookeeper's Wife – as I'm a big softy.):-


Fast and Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious © 2017 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.



Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 © 2016 Disney Enterprises Inc. and Marvel Studios. All Rights Reserved.



The Boss Baby © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.



The Zookeeper's Wife © 2017 Focus Features (a division of Universal Studios). All Rights Reserved. Picture by Anne Marie Fox.


Here's a comprehensive run down of the April 2017 new releases:-

The major films are: A Quiet Passion, City of Tiny Lights, Fast and Furious 8 [aka The Fate of the Furious], Going in Style, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Lady Macbeth, Molly Monster, Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience, Rules Don't Apply, Table 19, The Belko Experiment, The Boss Baby, The Promise, The Sense of an Ending, The Transfiguration, Their Finest, and Unforgettable.

Limited or “key cities” releases include: A Dark Song, A Moving Image, Bunch of Kunst, Clash, Handsome Devil, Heal the Living, Letters from Baghdad, Raw, Sarkar 3, Suntan, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki and Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

Other limited releases given their “own spot” in the newsletter are: Aftermath, Cezanne et Moi, Finding Fatimah, I am Not Your Negro, Mad to be Normal, Neruda, The Handmaiden, The Hatton Garden Job, Sword Art Online, and The Zookeeper's Wife. In addition to all of the above, the classic movies Mulholland Drive (2001) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) have been showcased.

Since the April newsletter has gone to press, as it were, another film release has been announced. This is Polish foreign language film Sztuka kochania. Historia Michaliny Wislockiej (said by the Odeon chain to be playing March 31st 2017 sometime in the first week in April). 

Moviegoers might also look out for such films as: Lowriders, Baahubali - The Conclusion, and Mad Max: Fury Road (Chrome Edition)

Also not included in the magazine are this month's “Event Cinema” special screenings and the like – most of which are listed below. As usual, information sometimes differs when comparing various sources – so please take the following details with a pinch of salt and do some further investigation if you are interested in attending any of these events:-
 
  • 6th April 2017 – Twelfth Night – NT Theatre Live 2017 (Trafalgar Releasing)

  • 7th April 2017 – A Hero of Our Time – The Bolshoi Ballet 2017 (Trafalgar Releasing)

  • 7th April 2017 – Jewels – Royal Opera, London 2016/17 (Royal Opera House)

  • 14th April 2017Coppelia – Australian Ballet 2016: Fairytale Series (CinemaLive)
     
  • 18th April 2017 – La Gazza Ladra – Teatro Alla Scala: Live Opera 2017 – One night only (Soda Pictures)

  • 20th April 2017 – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Live Theatre from the Old Vic, London (Trafalgar Releasing) Note: Some sources say 14th April 2017.
  • 21st April 2017 – Eugene Onegin – Met Opera 2017 (By Experience)

  • 21st April 2017 – Julius Caesar – RSC Live Theatre 2017 (Trafalgar Releasing)

Here is the link to my latest newsletter (which is a download of approximately 62MB):-



I'm looking forward to going to see a number of films this coming month including Rules Don't Apply and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Should be fun. Whatever you decide to see in April 2017 – I hope you have a great time at the movies. Happy viewing!


Trailers for most of the above mentioned films are provided below:-


Aftermath



A Dark Song



A Moving Image



A Quiet Passion



Bunch of Kunst



Cezanne et Moi



City of Tiny Lights



Clash



Fate and Furious 8 (aka The Fate of the Furious aka Furious 8)



Finding Fatimah



Going in Style



Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2



Handsome Devil



Heal the Living



I Am Not Your Negro



Lady Macbeth



Letters from Baghdad



Love Off the Cuff



Mad to be Normal



Manje Bistre



Molly Monster



Mulholland Drive



Neruda



One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest



Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience



Raw



Rules Don't Apply



Sarkar 3



Suntan



Sword Art Online: The Movie (aka Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale)



Table 19



The Belko Experiment



The Boss Baby



The Handmaiden



The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki



The Hatton Garden Job



The Promise



The Sense of an Ending



The Transfiguration



The Zookeeper's Wife



Their Finest



Unforgettable


Who's Gonna Love Me Now?