By now, most movie connoisseurs know that new DVDs and Blu-rays are released on Tuesdays. So before spending your hard earned cash, research and make sure the films are worth a purchase or if you should test the waters with a rental. And remember, a talented actor does not always equal a brilliant film. Sadly, this is something I still have trouble grasping from time to time as well, but try not fall into that trap like I have on numerous occasions. And like most weeks, there are what most consumers consider one big name release. This week there are two big releases including “Hotel Transylvania 2” and “The Martian.” each seemed interesting enough for an initial viewing, but neither were ones that made me venture to theaters. Most of these are what I consider perfect rental films. With that said, I will provide a brief synopsis of each film and a few snippets from reviews to help make your shopping experience a good one.
“Hotel Transylvania 2”
When the trailer for “Hotel Transylvania 2” was released I had recently watched the original feature. To say the least, I was behind on my animated features, but my desire to see the second one was strong despite never making it to theaters to do so. “Hotel Transylvania 2” focuses on Dracula attempting to bring out his grandson’s inner monster in an attempt to keep his daughter at the hotel. The bad thing about sequels is that most people will put them on blast and share the remarks made by Jake Wilson. Mr. Wilson writes “Kids are not likely to get the jokes about Gary Oldman’s wig in the 1992 film Dracula, nor sympathise closely with the emotional difficulties Drac faces in becoming a grandparent. Adults… will have seen virtually all of this before.” While most kids are not going to get those jokes, I have to admit those are the jokes I tend to love upon watching animated features. They might come across as cheesy or old, but sometimes they are far more fresh than one might think on an initial viewing. However, David Blaustein of ABC News Radio states that “Sandler does pull off here is an uncommon feat: a sequel that’s an improvement over the original, which itself was a solid movie. Your kids will love “Hotel Transylvania 2″ and you’ll like it, too.” I personally cannot wait to see this sequel. And audiences seemed to feel the same way considering that “Hotel Translyvania 2” scored 68% fresh according to Rotten Tomatoes among movie goers, and scored 55% fresh among critics. If you have children, or you enjoy animated features, I feel this one is a safe bet for rental or purchase.
Sci-fi films are always either a bit hit or miss for me. However, “The Martian” appears to be one of those must see films I’m sorry I missed out upon in theaters. “The Martian” stars actors Matt Damon and Jessica Chastian. The film centers around Damon’s character, astronaut Mark Watney, who is presumed dead. His crew ultimately makes the decision to leave him behind after the fierce storm that takes place and leaves him stranded on Mars. Watney realizes quickly that his new mission to get a signal back to Earth and survive on the few supplies he has left from his old mission. In terms of purchases “The Martian” is a safe bet considering the film scored 92% fresh according to Rotten Tomatoes among movie goers, and scored 93% fresh among critics. Of course, everyone has their own opinion. Joshua Rothkopf insists that “bringing optimism, nerd-itude and a touch of crazy to his character’s solo ordeal — at one point, scraggly Watney calls himself a “space pirate” — Damon is the key to the movie’s exuberance.” However, Brian Gibson writes, “this stranded-astronaut movie can’t muster all that much drama. Watney’s crewmates just can’t convey much emotion; Watney mostly emits smart-ass movie lines. NASA’s tech and its astronauts’ gutsiness and smarts are glorified to the point of porn-iness.” Despite the fact there are a few negative reviews out there, “The Martian” is still a film worth making up one’s own mind about in terms of viewing this week.
And keep in mind if neither of those films tickle your fancy, other films out this week include: “Irrational Man,” Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension,” “Sinister 2,” and “The Second Mother.” Please keep in mind, if you are interested in renting any of these films, make sure to check out this title through Videodrome, Netflix, Redbox, or on demand channels provided by your cable or satellite provider. To purchase any Blu-rays or DVDs mentioned in this article please check out your local Austell Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or Kmart. And keep in mind no matter what choices you make, enjoy your rentals and purchases this week fellow movie lovers!