Around the Multiplex: Percy Jackson and the Wolfman Valentine

With Valentine’s Day coming up Sunday, it’s gonna be a big day for movie going. Hitting the screens this weekend are The Wolfman, Valentine’s Day, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.  Let’s take a look at the trailers and determine their worthiness for big screen reception, and which ones are going to have to wait for disc release.

  • We’re going to start our selection off as all selections should be started, with a ravenous, hairy Benecio del Toro (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Usual Suspects). He’s the star of The Wolfman, along with Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, Fracture) and Emily Blunt (Sunshine Cleaning, The Devil Wears Prada) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta). Looks like a classic retelling of the classic films, impacted with enough action to give even John Woo a coronary. Here’s the trailer before final tally.Between the actors, the storyline, and the cinematography, I’m inclined off the bat to shell out the loot to see this in the larger-than-life atmosphere of the theater. I don’t have the gumption to be in the first wave to get this put into his collective unconscious though so I’m probably going to wait until it hits the cheap theater. I give it four furry paws up (pet my belly!), in anticipation of a howling good time.
  • Oh, what can we say about Valentine’s Day, besides that it looks very much like a romantic comedy with a rather wide assortment of stories and characters played by a very diverse ensemble cast, including but not limited to, in mostly alphabetical order: Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel (mankind’s fantasy complete), Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, and Kathy Bates. And they all want to help teach me what love is truly about. Someone hold me. And please let it be the first two on that list and not those last two. Here’s the trailer.I’ll give this one two bloody aortas for seeing it on DVD next Valentine’s Day.
  • It would be very easy for reviewers to compare Percy Jackson and the Olympians to the Harry Potter series. Both Jackson and Potter are based on books, The Lightning Thief being adapted from a book of the same name, from a series by Rick Riordan. It tells the tale of Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman; Gamer, The Number 23), a demi-god sired by Poseidon (Kevin McKidd; Journeyman, Rome) who discovers his status and is given a mission to retrieve the lightning stolen from Zeus (Sean Bean; The Lord of the Rings, the impending Game of Thrones) in order to prevent a war. The cast rounds out with Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder, Hamlet 2) as Hades, Rosario Dawson (Clerks 2, Alexander, Men in Black 2) as Athena, Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye, The Thomas Crown Affair) as Chiron, and Uma Thurman (Kill Bill) as Medusa; a stellar cast that has me pumped for this even if it didn’t look like a special effects extravaganza. It beats the punch of Clash of the Titans, coming out next month, and takes the match, for me, on originality.Opening President’s Day, my fiancee has already expressed interest in seeing it, and we’ll probably take it in Monday. Catching that trailer, which I hadn’t actually seen on TV, rankles my blood, and I give it two Gorgon’s heads up for edge-of-your-seat action/adventure.
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One response to “Around the Multiplex: Percy Jackson and the Wolfman Valentine

  1. Great discussion. And I REALLY like that you practice what you preach. Thats when you can tell a post has come together.
    And Im also fascinated by how fresh you made the routine [admit it: what you just shared has been regurgitated millions of time. ;-)].
    Ben Johnson said people dont need taught as much as they need reminding.
    Good work.

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