Movies reviewed this week: Zootropolis, The Squad, Southbound, The Boss and Kapoor & Sons- Since 1921.
It’s been a while since Disney has had an animated blockbuster on its hands, but it seems that Zootropolis (also showing as Zootopia, depending on where you live in the world) could be the ticket to put it back in the box-office spotlight.
In fact, this “anthropomorphic” adventure has already garnered US$800 million (RO308m) in worldwide takings, making it the highest-grossing film of 2016. Not a bad start, some would say. It has to be said that Zootropolis is well-deserving of this feat and is a strong contender to be one of the best movies of the year.
A classic whodunit, the heroine is Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), the first rabbit to join the police force. She teams up with a wily fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), to solve a mysterious missing mammals case.
With a hilarious nod to The Godfather in a scene that introduces us to “Mr Big”, the crime boss of Zootropolis, this is a movie that will appeal to all ages. The animation is stunning while the city itself is presented in fabulous detail, a place where both predator and prey live together in peace. Or do they?
Review by Felicity Glover
Melissa McCarthy is back, bigger and brasher than ever, this time as America’s wealthiest woman Michelle Darnell, who is sent to jail for insider trading (think Martha Stewart but funnier). The gags come thick and fast in typical McCarthy fashion as she tries to get back on her feet with the help of her long-suffering assistant Claire (Kristen Bell). In true Hollywood fashion, she succeeds but not without a few hilarious scenes and life lessons thrown in for good measure.
Originally released in 2011, The Squad is a thriller set in the mountains of Colombia. When nine elite soldiers are sent to a military base that has lost contact with the outside world, they encounter a mysterious woman who has been chained up. As they search for answers, the soldiers begin to question their sanity as well as the integrity of their mission and the real identity of the enemy. Starring Juan Pablo Barragan and Alejandro Aguilar, The Squad is a gritty thriller and worth watching for fans of this genre.
Southbound is the classic stuff of nightmares – a long stretch of a deserted highway and five interlocking tales of disconnected people on what will be a horror road journey. Spine-tingling in places, Southbound has been described as the “Twilight Zone for the indie horror generation”. And it is. Starring Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Oppin and Kristina Pesic, there are a few twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat as the creeping drama unfolds.
Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun Kapoor (Sidharth Malhotra) are the estranged brothers in this “dysfunctional” family comedy/drama, which sees the two of them race home after their grandfather, Dadu, has a heart attack. Forced to come to terms with their differences, they both apparently fall for the same girl, Tia Malik (Alia Bhatt). But what follows is a story of love and loss, of learning and acceptance – for each other as well as themselves.