Let the holiday movie blitz begin. Kicking off the weekend is TRON: Legacy, the follow up to 1982’s cult classic, TRON. Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Kevin Flynn, the programmer turned program. It’s typically a good sign when at least one original cast member returns to take part in a sequel so long after the original. Plus it’s just really hard to go wrong with Jeff Bridges, he was even awesome in Stick It. Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund join the adventure to save the aforementioned Flynn. Anyone who has seen the original should know what to expect, light bikes, lasers discs, and stunning visuals. The original TRON blew people away with its special effects and Legacy looks to pick up on that … well … legacy. This is certainly a must see for anyone who was a fan of the original, or just anyone looking for a fun adventure.
If you’re more into the gritty drama scene, then The Fighter is a can’t miss. There is already a lot of awards talk for this movie. Mark Wahlberg stars as the troubled boxer Mickey Ward who struggles to resurrect his fighting career. Christian Bale also stars as Dicky Eklund, Ward’s ex-con trainer and half brother. Amy Adams rounds out the cast as Mickey’s girlfriend Charlene. This movie is getting rave reviews thanks to tour de force performances by all three leads. Wahlberg is the perfect choice for a tough and scrappy boxer, and Bale is currently one of cinemas best chameleons, able to transform completely in every role he takes. If you want to go see what all the fuss is about, I’m willing to bet you won’t be disappointed.
If action and drama aren’t really what you’re looking for, then there is always How Do You Know. The movie boasts an impressive ensemble cast with Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson. It’s written and directed by James L. Brooks whose resume is as long as it is impressive, he owns 19 Emmy Awards, which is more than anyone else ever. Anytime you get an all-star cast teamed up with a hall of fame writer/director you can be sure that your ticket is money well spent.
Finally, for all the children at heart, there is Yogi Bear. Everyone’s favorite picnic basket stealing bear makes his live action debut. Well, as live action as a computer generated bear gets, but you know what I mean. Dan Aykroyd lends his vocal talents as Yogi, and surprisingly Boo Boo is voiced by Justin Timberlake. The film also stars Tom Cavanagh and Anna Faris. Much like the old cartoons expect plenty of slapstick gags, and crazy misadventures as Yogi and Boo Boo try to outsmart Ranger Smith. This movie should be a good way for parents to share an old classic with their kids today.
So there you have it, one weekend so many movies to choose from. I was off the mark last week by not picking Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader to top the box office. I think this weekend I can safely predict TRON will delete the competition and take the number one spot. If you’ve seen something you like, let us know by writing a review on Eventful. Your review might get featured in our weekly movies email, The Reel Buzz. Until next week, keep the soda cold and popcorn salty.
Ben, The Eventful Movie Guru