Popcorn Perspectives – Week of November 5, 2018

Popcorn Perspectives with Danny Minton

Week of November 5, 2018

Incredibles 2
Rated PG for action sequences and some brief mild language
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
Available on Disc and Streaming
They say that good things come to those who wait, and nothing could be more true since we’ve been waiting 14 long years to see what comes next for Pixar’s superhero family. Picking up right where they left off, superheroes are still considered the bad guys when a billionaire tries to help them reintegrate into society as the heroes they are, one at a time beginning with Elastigirl, leaving Mr Incredible to stay at home to take care of the kids. But when a new supervillain enters the scene with a plot to take over the world, it’s up to the family, along with Frozone, to set things right again. While not as good as the original, this is certainly a strong showing and still one of the best movies of the year. The plot is a bit predictable, but it is executed with style leaving the audience thrilled and out of breath. A-

Rated R for language throughout, including racial epithets, and for disturbing/violent material and some sexual references
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%
Available on Disc and Streaming
Possibly Director Spike Lee’s finest creation to date is this timely dramedy based on a true story about a black cop in the 70’s (John David Washington) who infiltrates the KKK in Colorado Springs to expose and stop them from carrying off a terrorist act. Using a fellow white cop, played by Adam Driver, they both risk their careers and their lives to do what they feel is right. The story is almost too crazy to be real, making the tale that much more enjoyable as you impatiently wait to see what can possibly happen next. And while hysterically funny at times, it is extremely sobering at others, ending with gut shot as Lee ties it all together with the recent onslaught of white supremacist activity seen in Charlottesville. A

Christopher Robin
Rated PG for some action
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%
Available on Disc and Streaming
Set years after Christopher Robin played with Pooh, Tigger and gang as a child, Ewan McGregor plays the iconic child as an adult who can’t even find time to play with his daughter any more. But when Pooh goes on a mission to find him in London, Christopher finds his way home to the Hundred Acre Wood for an important life lesson. While a cute and cuddly idea, the plot is so purposefully basic that it leaves much to be desired in the story department. It is quite clever to have all of the creatures as they looked in their original stuffed form, but I can’t help but think that they needed a better story than this. I’ve always found the Pooh stories to be a bit on the dull side, almost as if the writers were as lazy as Pooh himself, but I wish that the filmmakers would have spiced things up much more than they did here. B-