The Oscar Project
Despite the fact that we are right in the middle of awards season, there are not really any big awards contenders being released this weekend. The Aeronauts is one of the finalists for the Best Visual Effects award, but I don't see that or the animated PLAYMOBILE: The Movie having any sort of legs.
Even prediction sites like HSX.com have these two films very low at the box office. This may be the chance for anyone who hasn't gone already to check out Frozen II, Knives Out, or A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
On the surface, this film looks like a high flying adventure, literally. It tells the story of balloonist Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) as they venture into the unknown of the sky in an attempt to measure the weather in hopes of being able to better predict it in the future.
This is the second film with Jones and Redmayne in leading roles, previously starring together in the 2014 film Theory of Everything, about theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, for which Jones was nominated for Best Actress and Redmayne won the award for Best Actor. While they played a married couple in that film, I wonder if there will be some romance in the clouds to be found in this film as well.
PLAYMOBILE: The Movie
Usually I try to start of with something positive, but I can't really do that here. This film looks like a poor attempt to capture the hype of 2014's The Lego Movie and the sequel that followed earlier this year. It's no slight against the people who made the film and poured their hard work and energy into it, but sometimes something reminds you of another so much, you have to call it out.
Not only are the original toys sold in sets similar to the way LEGO sets are sold, but the characters have some similar features, including the way the hands and hair look. I'm not saying one is a rip off of the other, but there is way too much the same here for this to be considered a new concept.
The one big difference I see here is while both LEGO films told stories from the perspective of the figures as they were being played with, this one actually transports the children into the world of the toys. Again, not a completely novel idea, see Jumanji, Tron, etc.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?