Every Friday, Movie Mom Nell Minow visits Jeff and the Showgram to give us the lowdown on new movies coming to a theater near you!
The Mummy: First, why are we even getting The Mummy movie? It’s because Universal Studio needed a tentpole franchise. All the other studios have them! Universal owns the rights to all the monsters, so they’ve created the Dark Universe (Universal’s version of The Avengers.) Tom Cruise looks great, can run fast, but… and Movie Mom says this with reluctance, He’s too old to play “that guy.”
“He can’t, in his 50’s, play that same part, of that callow, irresponsible, lighthearted guy. In this case, an American military guy who does a little bit of tomb raiding on the side.”
“It’s one thing if there’s someone in their 20’s learning to be responsible. It’s another if it’s someone in their 50’s. There’s just something kind of skeevy about it,” she said.
Jeff did not agree.
Movie Mom ultimately rates the movie as “so, so.”
Megan Leavey: Based on the true story of a woman marine and her canine partner, Rex. The pair did two tours of duty in Iraq, where they were blown up together. Leavey then spent years going through the U.S. Senate to get the opportunity to have Rex come live with her when he could no longer work for the military. It is a tear jerker! Seriously, we can’t even watch the trailer without crying. The movie stars Kate Mara as Megan Leavey.
Movie Mom loved this movie. She recommends it for middle school and up.
My Cousin Rachel: This movie stars Rachel Weiss (from the first Mummy movies.) She plays a mysterious femme fatale who has possibly murdered her husband, and now is living with her husband’s cousin. We spend the whole movie trying to figure out if she is a murderer or if she is a victim of the patriarchy. The movie is based on a book by Daphne Du Maurier.
Movie Mom gives it the thumbs up.
Beauty and the Beast is out on DVD this weekend.
Listen to the full review, including Jeff’s review of What’s With Wheat a documentary about, wait for it…. WHEAT, and gluten intolerance. Jeff highly recommends it. Listen to the podcast below.