Yeah, it’s late, but just in time for Valentine’s day, right?
February! Dear god the winter will never end. O Death! Where is thy sting? Right, movies. It’s become a fairly big month for movies over the last decade, so let’s take a look what’s on the docket.
- THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART – Feb. 8,
RealD3D, IMAX. The first film was a revelation. What should have been a
soulless corporate driven ad turned into a visually stunning comedy with tons
of heart, but it felt like a complete work, so the inevitable sequel ALSO felt
like a corporate driven decision. Luckily after getting fired from SOLO, Lord
and Miller threw themselves into this and INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, elevating both
films. Reviews are super positive, it’s not the revelation that the first film
was but it’s still a hoot.
- HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD –
Feb. 22, RealD3D, IMAX. This world has really blossomed into something special.
They didn’t call this 3 since there’s been several TV shows along with the two
main films, and I assume this will serve as the end of the series. The second
one had some truly epic scenes to match the heart on display, and I imagine
this will continue here. Another solid choice for family fare this month.
- ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – Feb. 14, RealD3D, IMAX3D.
James Cameron has wanted to make this film for nearly twenty years, but his
work on AVATAR made him hand it off to Robert Rodriguez, though he still looms
large as the producer. The release has been bumped twice already, and the buzz
for the film is pretty low for a massive blockbuster, with early reviews
praising the visuals but finding the main story and character development
lacking. It’s a shame, since the world itself is incredible, but audiences seem
to be put off by the main character’s giant eyes. If you’re going to see it, be
sure to catch it in IMAX3D.
- HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 U – Feb. 13. The GROUNDHOG DAY
effect continues in this surprisingly smart thriller. It’s interesting how
writers are taking the idea to new heights (see RUSSIAN DOLL as soon as
possible) and this is better than you’d expect from a teen horror film.
- ISN’T IT ROMANTIC – Feb. 13. Rebel Wilson plays
a woman who grows up hating romantic comedies, then thanks to a head injury
ends up in a reality where everything IS a romantic comedy and she’s the star.
It’s a bit like last year’s Amy Schumer vehicle I FEEL PRETTY but it does seem
pretty smart in its own way. Check out the trailer.
- COLD PURSUIT – Feb. 8. Liam Neeson is a snowplow
driver out for revenge. Wait, what? *checks notes* Yeah, that’s what’s going on
here. A decent thriller, but it’s a nearly shot-for-shot remake of the
Norwegian thriller IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE starring Stellan Skarsgard, which
is CURRENTLY ON NETFLIX. So make the call.
- MISS BALA – Feb. 1. A woman helps out a friend
who’s entered a Mexican beauty pageant but gets abducted and thrown into a
battle between a drug cartel and the DEA. A remake of the 2011 film of the same
name, this comes close to greatness but falters thanks to a weak script.
- THE PRODIGY – Feb. 8. Another horror film with a
creepy kid at the centre. Despite a great performance from said creepy kid, it’s
just another jump-scare fest.
- WHAT MEN WANT – Feb. 8. A gender-swapped version
of the Mel Gibson “classic” WHAT WOMEN WANT, Taraji P. Henson (EMPIRE) and
director Adam Shankman (A WALK TO REMEMBER) try their damndest to do something
with the material but they can’t commit to one clear direction, alternately becoming
too serious and too slapstick.
So February’s worst isn’t even that bad this year, but no
real DEADPOOL level blockbusters to speak of. Good options to take the young’uns
to the movies though. Next month will be MARVELOUS oh god I didn’t mean to do