TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - January 23, 2018
— Ready Player One (@readyplayerone) January 21, 2018
March and April are set to deliver some pretty big movies. Movies that would normally be opening in the summer, but with those months becoming hotter commodities, more studios are moving their event films to other months. For me, the biggest release pre-Infinity War has to be Ready Player One. Easily one of the best books of the last quarter century, this pop culture influenced tale comes to life thanks to Steven Spielberg.
That's obviously a good thing or a bad thing depending upon your feelings for Spielberg. Personally I'm not nuts about the idea of him doing it, but he feels kinda like the only guy that could do it. Outside of Edgar Wright. Ready Player One opens on March 30.
— Rampage Movie (@rampagethemovie) January 21, 2018
Moving on to something a little more self-serious, Rampage looks like Dwayne Johnson attempting to take a big steaming dump on all the goodwill he just built up from Jumanji. The director of the absolutely atrocious San Andreas is behind this one, which leads me to believe it's not going to be a "fun" movie but rather one that takes the notion of a giant wolf, a giant gorilla, and a lizard monster attack a city. That movie definitely needs to be deathly serious. Rampage opens on 4/20, bruh!
Speaking of dead serious, here's another franchise that's never had the sense of humor it needed to elevate it above schlock. The casting of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft is great and I imagine she'll be great in the film, but there's nothing else—save the lack of an obvious love interest—we haven't seen done before and better. Tomb Raider opens on March 16.
Finally, we've got a new TV spot for Pacific Rim: Uprising. As someone who loved the original, I have zero interest in a sequel. I mean, if there's a really good reason for making a sequel, I might be tempted to see it, but if it's a shallow cash grab—as these things often are—then I'm just as disinterested as I am now. Pacific Rim: Uprising hits theaters on March 23.
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