This week on the podcast, Zach, Chris and Joe talk about the new shows coming in fall 2017, more on Guardians Vol. 2, the insanity of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Jackie Chan and Stallone finally teaming up and much more.
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Show and Tell: Chris saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Zach saw King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the premiere of Mike Tyson Mysteries.
The last time anyone attempted a major new take on King Arthur, it was the star studded but kind of boring 2004 version with Clive Owen in the role of the “real” King Arthur but now Guy Ritchie has taken things in the other direction with the somewhat crazy but not particularly great King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Charlie Hunnam is the latest King Arthur, although in this re-imagining, he’s more known as the head of gang of thieves in Londinium, where he grows up in a brothel after Camelot falls to his evil uncle Vortigern (Jude Law), who kills Arthur’s parents and takes over the kingdom. When the waters around Camelot lower to reveal Excalibur wedged in a stone, Vortigern compels all men of a specific age to attempt to pull it out to suss out and kill his nephew but, after he manages to pull it out, Arthur is rescued by a resistance group and reluctantly joins them in reclaiming his birth right. If you are a fan of Arthurian legend, you are probably going to have an aneurysm during this movie, as there are tons of inconstinancies and changes to how the story of King Arthur usually goes, not just the Snatchesque origin story and street smart cockiness of Arthur but also that Excalibur apparently bestows superhuman strength and speed to the wielder and only a few of the Knights of the Round are here, instead replaced by characters like Aiden Gillen’s Goosefat Bill or Arthur’s buddies Back Lack and Wet Stick. There’s also the bizarre decision to not include Merlin and instead have an unnamed mage played by Astrid Berges-Frisby for really no reason I can tell besides casting an actress to balance out the predominately male cast (future The Mummy co-star Annabelle Wallis is here as well but basically just disappears despite seeming like a significant part of the cast). Charlie Hunnam is fun as Arthur, basically feeling like he’s been transplanted from an earlier Ritchie movie into a weird fantasy realm and Jude Law is good as always as an arrogant villain. Aiden Gillen and Djimon Hounsou are also great in supporting roles there’s some fun banter between them and Arthur as they try to convince him to take up Excalibur and become the true king.
One of the biggest issues with Legend of the Sword is that it feels like one of those movies that is simultaneously rushing and dragging (cue JK Simmons hurling a cymbal at Arthur’s head). There are tons of Snatchesque montages where big swathes of story are run through in, to be fair, a pretty clever and fun way, but it also drags as well, especially in the middle when things mostly just feel like busy work to get to the final battle. For instance, Arthur, for some unexplained reason, has to go to the “Darklands” as part of his training to wield Excalibur but it’s mostly just an excuse to have big CG creatures attacking him and it really does nothing to further the plot. Also not helping further the plot is the movie’s constant returning to a flashback where Arthur’s father, Uther (Eric Bana), sent him away from Camelot while battling Vortigern in some sort of demonic form. If you took a shot every time that scene came back up, you’d probably be drunk by the time the movie is over and there’s never some huge revelation in that scene that warrants it’s multiple playbacks. The action overall in the movie is not particularly great and it looks downright terrible at times. When Arthur wields Excalibur, he seems to be able to move at super speed with increased strength but the way it’s portrayed doesn’t look any better than what you might see on The Flash on The CW or, what I was really reminded of, the Burly Brawl going all the way back to The Matrix Reloaded. Ritchie was able to show off some stylish looking, speed ramped action in the Sherlock Holmes movies where it seemed like the real actors (or at least their stunt doubles) were being filmed but here it’s just a cartoon and the final battle in particular is just a mess of CG and extremely anti-climactic. The opening though is actually pretty great, with Godzilla sized elephants wrecking havoc and if the movie had maintained that level of crazy fantasy, it probably would have been much more interesting and fun than it turned out to be.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is not egregiously bad but it’s not particularly interesting either and it’s definitely not worth rushing out to theaters to see (which apparently no one did as WB is going to probably lose over $150 million). Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law do solid work and some of the montages are fun in an old school Guy Ritchie way but it’s definitely a step down from the Sherlock Holmes movies or the super stylish and fun Man from UNCLE.
Not surprising anyone, Guardians Vol. 2 remained on top of the box office for another weekend, pulling in another $63 million and bringing its global total to over $629 million. For domestic box office, it’s currently just over $246 million and it’s currently the ninth highest grossing MCU movie, passing by Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and Ant-Man since last weekend.
Getting a boost from Mother’s Day, the mother-daughter comedy Snatched took second with $17.5 million but it’s slightly more than half of what Trainwreck made in its opening weekend and it only has one more weekend before The Rock and company roll in to take away all the R rated comedy money.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword had a disastrous $14.7 million opening when you consider it cost $175 million+ to make and WB could potentially lose over $150 million because of it. It just barely made more than 2004’s Clive Owen starring King Arthur movie and it just beat The Man from UNCLE to not be Guy Ritchie’s worst wide opening.
The Fate of the Furious and The Boss Baby rounded out the top 5 with the former now at $1.193 billion and currently the 12th highest grossing film of all time.
In limited release, the drama Lowriders took in $2.4 million at 295 theaters, giving it a per theater average of just over $8,000 while Doug Liman’s The Wall took in only $891,590 in just shy of double the number of theaters as Lowriders despite much bigger names in John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Internationally, Alien: Covenant opened in 34 different countries and took in $42 million but it was down, sometimes significantly, from Prometheus’ opening in those countries but we’ll find out how well it does this coming weekend here in the states.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.
Lowriders: A young street artist in East Los Angeles is caught between his father’s obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother and his need for self-expression.
Snatched: When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.
Alien: Covenant: The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul: A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.
Everything, Everything: A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.
Baywatch: Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon.
RL Stine writing a new Man-Thing comic for Marvel: A little bit ago, we found out Marvel had gotten Goosebumps author RL Stine on board for a mysterious project and this week we found out that Stine will be writing a new version of Man-Thing. In a change from classic Man-Thing, he’ll be able to talk and each issue will also feature an original horror backup story by Stine. The limited series will begin in March.
Furious 8 gets an official title: Ahead of it’s huge trailer debut on Sunday (12/11), the official title of Furious 8 was revealed and it’s now The Fate of the Furious.
Cinemax bringing back Strike Back: Cinemax is bringing back their action series Strike Back, but with an entirely new cast as Sullivan Stapleton currently stars on Blindspot and Phillip Winchester is on Chicago PD/Justice. The new team will be a four person team tasked with taking down a vicious terrorist who has escaped from prison.
Lionsgate buys Starz: For $4.4 billion, Lionsgate purchased Starz, which will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lionsgate.
Apple may offer theatrical releases to rent: There have been a few attempts at extremely premium services that will bring movies to homes the weekend they come out but none have really come to fruition but apparently major studios have been meeting with Apple to possibly provide first run films on Apple TV/iTunes in the near future. The rumor is it could cost $25-$50 to rent a movie in theaters.
Most Overpaid actor of 2016: Johnny Depp is again the most overpaid actor in Hollywood according to Forbes, as he returns $2.80 for every $1 he is paid thanks to disasters like Mortdecai and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Little Shop of Horrors getting a reboot: Greg Berlanti, the man behind the Arrowverse, will be directing a new film version of the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors for Warner Bros. Matthew Robinson, who wrote The Invention of Lying and Monster Trucks, will be writing the script.
WB shuffles release dates: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will now hit May 12th, putting it head to head with Guardians 2 while Annabelle 2 will hit August 11th and the CHiPs reboot with Dax Shepard will hit March 24th, the old King Arthur slot.
Ducktales arriving next Summer: Disney confirmed their new version of Ducktales will arrive on Disney XD sometime next summer. The new show features all your favorite characters from the original plus Donald will actually be in the mix this time and not off serving in the Navy.
Walton Goggins is the villain of Tomb Raider: Goggins will be taking on Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft in the upcoming reboot of Tomb Raider that is based on the rebooted series of games. There weren’t any character details on Goggins’ villain.
Marvel releasing a digital series for Agents of SHIELD: On ABC.com and the ABC app, there will be a six episode mini-series based around SHIELD’s Yo-Yo Rodriguez, who has speed powers similar to Quicksilver or the Flash, and the series will follow her on a secret mission for SHIELD.
Will Ferrell starring in eSports comedy: Ferrell will play a seasoned gamer who may be past his prime in a new comedy movie based around the world of eSports. Two actual eSports teams, Evil Geniuses and Fnatic, are in talks to appear.
Dracula Untold not part of new Universal Monster universe: Doing press around the release of the first trailer for The Mummy, director Alex Kurtzman definitively said that their movie is the start of the new Monsters universe and Dracula Untold and Luke Evans’ Dracula are not going to be a part of it. There was a stinger at the end of Untold that place Dracula in modern day London in what was assumed to be the possible start of this new universe.
Streets of Rage and Altered Beast may become TV shows or movies: There was a deal a while ago between Sega and production companies Stories International and Circle of Confusion to bring a number of their franchises to either the big or small screen and it seems like Altered Beast and Streets of Rage are the ones moving forward first. Its not clear whether they will be turned into shows or movies but Circle of Confusion is behind Fear the Walking Dead, Talking Dead, Outcast and Dirk Gently.
There are certain classic characters like Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes and King Arthur that are constantly getting rebooted or modernized and, after tackling Sherlock for two movies, Guy Ritchie is taking on the latter with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Starring Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim’s Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, who in this version lives on the streets after his uncle Vortigern (Jude Law) kills Arthur’s father and takes over the kingdom. Having visions, Arthur pulls the legendary sword Excalibur from the stone it’s embedded in and gets drawn into a battle for the fate of the kingdom. The last big attempt at King Arthur on the big screen was the Clive Owen version that tried to “demystify” the legend and present a more realistic, gritty take but this version looks full on crazy with all kinds of magic and creatures and seems much more inspired by Game of Thrones but with lots of the Guy Ritchie trademarks that we saw in the Sherlock movies. It’s out in March next year and you can check out the trailer below.