If you’re a Netflix subscriber and have yet to check out writer/director Ruben Östlund‘s Force Majeure then I encourage you to promptly rectify that situation. The Swedish drama/dark comedy debuted at Cannes in 2014 where it took home the festival’s Un Certain Regard Jury Prize before debuting in Canada and the U.S. at TIFF and Fantastic Fest respectively. Adam reviewed the film at TIFF calling it an “absolute delight” and it was one of only nine films to advance in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race after being nominated in the same category at the Golden Globes this past year. In other words, it’s good.
Starring Johannes Kuhnke and Lisa Loven Kongsli as a husband and wife on vacation with their two young children in the beautiful French Alps, Force Majeure cleverly uses a frightening but ultimately harmless inciting incident (at least in the physical sense) to explore themes of trust, heroism, and masculinity. Fredrik Wenzel‘s beautiful photography and Ola Fløttum‘s minimal but stirring score contrast perfectly, giving the film a sense of serenity and impending doom all at once. At its core, Majeure is a study of marriage, gender roles, and human instinct to survive. Thanks to the talent of those involved, the film manages to observe these topics in a unique and creative way that forces the viewer to contemplate the somewhat disturbing notion that we may not actually have control over the way we react in an emergency.
Recommendations aside, let’s get to this week’s Top 5:
1. STAR WARS News: Episode VIII Release Date, Spinoff Title, and More
The last couple of days have been big for Disney’s Star Wars. We not only learned the Episode VIII release date but also received confirmation that Rian Johnson will direct the film which I consider good news in spite of the fact that I have little investment in the franchise. While the above info would typically be enough to crack our weekly list, this week also brought us an official title for Gareth Edwards’ spinoff film and confirmation that Felicity Jones will star in the pic. All in all, not bad for a week’s work.
2. CINDERELLA Interviews and Review
Disney’s live-action take on its classic tale Cinderella hit theaters yesterday which means if you have a daughter between the ages of 510 and half a heart then I probably know what you’re doing this weekend (and rightfully so). The film has garnered mostly positive reviews thus far, including this one from Matt, so it may be worth checking out regardless of your parenting situation. For more on the pic check out Haleigh’s video interviews with Cate Blanchett, director Kenneth Branagh, and Richard Madden. If reading is more your thing then be sure to look into Christina’s print interviews with star Lily James and screenwriter Chris Weitz.
3. New TOMORROWLAND Trailer
Three stories in and three Disney films being covered. I’m sorry? The media juggernaut released a new trailer for Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland this week and it looks fantastic. While it’s not cited in the trailer alongside The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, I’m getting a lot of Bird’s The Iron Giant from this preview which is never a bad thing. I consider this one of my most anticipated summer films. For more, check out this new international trailer and further details on the pic from Bird and co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof.
4. Sony Planning Shared Universe GHOSTBUSTERS
Guys who felt shunned by Sony’s announcement of a female-led Ghostbusters reboot needn’t worry any longer! Well, at least not about your gender being under-represented in a Ghostbusters film. If you were genuinely worried/distraught about that, you likely still have plenty of other issues to work through. In the meantime, word has spread that Sony is actually planning a shared Ghostbusters universe to include multiple films and a male-centric cast that may merge with the previously announced female cast at some point down the line. What’s better is that names like Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, and Joe and Anthony Russo are being mentioned in association with the film(s). These are pretty lofty plans for a franchise that hasn’t seen a new film in around 26 years, but so far I’m on board.
5. GET HARD Set Visit Coverage
For the most part, I consider myself a fan of Will Ferrell’s work. He’s given us some of the most quotable comedic moments in film over the past ten years or so (the dinner table scene in Talladega Nights remains a personal favorite of mine). Meanwhile, Kevin Hart is one of the biggest names in comedy right now. These things in mind, it’s hard for me to believe that the two of them have a film coming out in a few weeks that I know little to nothing about. I’ll try and rectify that this weekend and I suggest you do the same by checking out Dave’s set visit coverage from Get Hard: set visit recap, Will Ferrell & Kevin Hart set interview, and director Etan Cohen set interview.