Thursday, April 22, 2021

Weekend Watch: ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ and ‘Alita’ Spotlight Female Empowerment

Adam DeVine, Priyanka Chopra, and Rebel Wilson
(L-R) Adam DeVine, Priyanka Chopra, and Rebel Wilson in “Isn’t It Romantic.”

*“Isn’t It Romantic” is a breath of fresh air. The fat girl gets the guy and realizes her power. And, Natalie (Rebel Wilson) isn’t a hooker in a red dress—although she is a pretty woman—but an accomplished architect. Let’s digress here for a moment; have you seen the Saint LaurentYSL Summer 19” ads for corpses–especially the model with the star earrings?

Natalie works hard to  but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design  NYC’s next skyscraper.  After a mugging that renders her unconscious, she wakes up to find herself a leading lady in a romantic comedy.

“Isn’t It Romantic” opened on Valentine’s Day and again many stories were written about the “best romantic movies.” Once again, however, some of the movies I believe should be on some of those lists were omitted. One is “Wuthering Heights,” although the movies don’t do the book justice [even Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (David Pattison) refer to “Wuthering Heights” in “Twilight”].

Also, there is “City of Angels” (Meg Ryan, Nicholas Cage, Andre Braugher,“Kate & Leopold” (Hugh Jackman, Meg Ryan,Viola Davis), and “The Count of Monte Cristo” (Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Dagmara Dominczyk), to name a few. It was not customary to tell students in schools that the famed novelist of “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “The Three Musketeers,” Alexandre Dumas, is black.

Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, “Romantic” also stars Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, Priyanka Chopra, Tom Ellis, and Betty Gilpin.

Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel” has Alita (Rosa Salazar) bringing swift justice to those who are not able to fight for themselves, while giving audiences the sweet taste of revenge. As Alita goes about righting wrongs, one can’t help but notice her huge “saucer-eyes.” Ironically, Alita’s surrogate dad, Christoph Waltz (Dr. Dyson Ido), is Walter Keane in the Tim Burton’s film “Big Eyes.”

An abandoned cyborg with no memory, Alita is taken in by Dr. Ido. As she tries to navigate her new life on the treacherous streets of the city, goons come after her and all hell breaks loose. She discovers her unique fighting abilities and sets out to save family, friends, and the world.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film also stars Mahersha Ali, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Skrein, and JackieEarle Halely.

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(L-R:) Rosa Salazar, Keean Johnson, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., and Lana Condor in “Alita.”

Happy Death Day 2U

Happy Death Day 2U,directed by Christopher Landon, is the follow-up to the 2017 surprise hit, “Happy Death Day.” “Death Day” is back with its original cast members Jessica Rothe(Tree Gelllbman), Israel Broussard(Carter Davis), and PhilVu(Ryan), and Ruby Modine(Lori) but no original ideas. It relies on “Groundhog Day” and its familiar theme of reliving each day. Tree must go—here we go again—”Back to the Future” to relive the day she died in order to catch her killer. That’s it in a nutshell, nothing more and nothing less.

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Marie Moorehttp://eurweb.com
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.

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