What is your favorite weekend of the year? Many will say Thanksgiving, because of food, family, and football. Others will pick the 4th of July (if, in fact, it falls on a weekend) because of picnics, fireworks, and flyovers by the Blue Angels. Some will choose Christmas, for many of the same reasons as others choose Thanksgiving, plus presents and eggnog. Not Gildshire Goes to the Movies, though. The first weekend in November is our favorite because there is an extra hour in there where we can watch movies. Do you think a midnight movie is beyond your abilities? Not this week, because midnight is really only 11 pm. Hit up that independent theater and see something offbeat late at night. This is Christmas week for Gildshire Goes to the Movies! Four new releases for us to ponder, so let’s get to it.
Bohemian Rhapsody, rated PG-13 for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content, and language. Milennials may wonder what the fuss is all about, but Gen X knows and Baby Boomers get it! Queen was one of the anthemic groups that defined a generation, and members of that tribe have been waiting for this weekend and this movie. How did the band get to be so big and how did Freddie Mercury hit that high note? Gildshire is sure that the older generation will enjoy the show, but we are somewhat daunted by the lukewarm Rotten Tomatoes score. We have believed for a while that this might be Movie of the Fortnight. We will have to rethink that. It stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, and Ben Hardy. Rotten Tomatoes 59, Gildshire 4.5.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms rated PG for some mild peril. What is up with movies that fans are begging to embrace? First Bohemian Rhapsody gets a “meh,” and now The Nutcracker and the Four Realms gets a positively chilly response. Apparently, The Nutcracker is supposed to include some dazzling dance moves. Also apparently, the dancing here more resembles walking through the woods in boots. That is unfortunate because the leads are pretty as pictures and the scenery looks like it is yummy enough to eat. This movie will make money because the word “realm” attracts the science fiction/fantasy-World of Warcraft portion of the population, but it sounds like the rest of us may be left cold. It stars Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren. A powerful cast for a movie that scores these numbers. Rotten Tomatoes 33, Gildshire 3.4.
Boy Erased, rated R for sexual content including an assault, some language, and brief drug use. The trailer for this movie says, in part, “The story that demands to be told.” Gildshire concurs. Currently, in this country, over 70,000 young people are being held under conversion therapy. This true story tells us about one of them. The acting is superb and the tale itself is harrowing enough to be a Halloween movie. The combination of quality filmmaking and subject matter makes this the runaway Gildshire Move of the Fortnight award winner. It stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Joel Edgerton. Rotten Tomatoes 83, Gildshire 4.8.
Bodied, Rated R for strong language and sexual content throughout, some drug use and brief nudity. The world of rap battle was first brought into the light in Eminem’s 8 Mile. Eminem, himself, produced this return to the world of rhyme, racism, misogyny, and ultimately respect. It is a gripping movie, fraught with cultures and conflict that flow from one side of the screen to the other and back again. It stars Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold, and Charlamagne Tha God. Rotten Tomatoes 90, Gildshire 4.2.
That’s all of Gildshire Goes to the Movies for this week, and quite a week of movie opportunities it is. Pretty much any mood you wish to achieve is possible at the Multiplex this week. Thank goodness, there is an extra hour to watch movies. There wouldn’t be the time in the course of a normal 148-hour week. Gildshire Goes to the Movies will be back in two weeks. Until then, try a Coke Icee with that corn. You’ll love it. You’re welcome.