Friday, August 12, 2022

Weekend Watch: Deja Vu for ‘The Darkest Minds’ and Delightful ‘Christopher Robin’

*Not able to make a Wednesday afternoon screening of “The Darkest Minds,” I caught the Thursday night consumers’ showing. What better barometer to predict the outcome of a picture than the audiences for which it was made?

Needless to say, the crowd that night loved “The Darkest Minds” although it is a hodgepodge of “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” “X-Men,” and meta mutant factions from the TV series “The Flash.”

Just like the “Twilight” movie franchise became hugely popular off the likes TV shows such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Vampire Diaries,” “The Darkest Minds” franchise will no doubt be successful.

In “The Darkest Minds,” teens develop powerful abilities because of a disease called IAAN. They are a threat to the government and the most dangerous colored teens are murdered. Those not killed are quarantined for  experiments. Ruby (Amandla Stenberg), one of the most powerful color-coded threats, escapes and hooks up with other run-a-ways on the lam. Unfortunately, one of the most charismatic teens is killed; and it would’ve behooved the writer to have kept him a part of the story-line.

Based on a series of books by Alexandra Bracken and directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, “Darkest Minds” also stars, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Mandy Moore, and Bradley Whitford.

‘Christopher Robin’

If there is one thing we can all agree upon is that Winnie the Pooh and his friends are beloved by all. In reclaiming those warm childhood feelings of possessing a Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal, “Christopher Robin” tells the story of Pooh’s best friend Christopher (Ewan McGregor). It was all fun and games when Christopher was a child and spent hours playing with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet. But when he went off to boarding school and became an adult with a family, his pals were no longer in the picture.

Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregory) and Winnie the Pooh have a heart to heart talk in Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin.’

As the pressures of job and family demands bear—no pun intended—down on Christopher, Pooh appears via a “Narnia” like portal with the hope that Chris will help him find his friends. And Pooh couldn’t have come at a better time. In helping Pooh find his friends on the other side of the realm, Christopher finds himself. “Christopher Robin” is definitely fun for the whole family and must be commended for casting Ronke Adekoluejo, Ken Nwosu, and Shola Adewusi.

Directed by Marc Forster, “Christopher Robin” also stars Jim Cummings, Chris O’Dowd, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, and Brad Garrett.       Twitter: @thefilmstrip

Marie Moore
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.




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