The amount of films released in any month to cinema can be a large range, anything from as little as six films, to possibly as many as twenty plus films. It’s always difficult to know what films are likely to interest you, and sometimes the most interesting films will be the smallest released.
Last month, I released an article with several suggestions for January. The reason I released one article dedicated to January, was because of how little amount of options there were. Thankfully, February is a much better collection of films for audiences to enjoy. Here are just two of those films, to be released tonight.
The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie – The very description of this movie seems ridiculous and a pure cash-in. However, what thankfully saves this film, is the fact there are Phil Lord and Chris Miller as Writer-Directors, two creative geniuses who like to to surprise audiences. Together, they’ve created a cult animation in Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and a popular sequel released last year. But more impressively, they shocked critics with a box-office smash in 21 Jump Street. So, with three successful films, the momentum is on their side, and a surprisingly awesome trailer, that has me excited for this film. The cast is also impressive, full of strong comedic personalities in Chris Pratt (Parks and Rec), Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Nick Offerman. Even more impressive, is the fact that after 104 reviews, there is an overall Rotten Tomatoes rating, of 97%. A great family option, but reminiscent of Pixar movies, enough of a strong story and intelligent comedy to entice adults.
The Monuments Men
The Monuments Men – Based on a true story and written & directed by the ever popular George Clooney, The Monuments Men isn’t doing as well as The Lego Movie on RT, granted. However, this action-adventure drama does offer an impressive cast whose good intentions can entice audiences. With the ever-cool George Clooney, the dramatically awesome Matt Damon, the acerbic and sardonic Bill Murray, the loveable cult hero John Goodman, as well as several other favorites, it’s a cast that can make terrible films fun, and good films great. Regardless of the quality of the script, these actors could provide a fun two hours.
Out of the two, I would be more tempted by The Lego Movie, which seems to be on its way to being a surprise box office smash, the first of the year. But this is just the first week of February, with plenty of options to come over the next few weeks.
The current highest grossing movie of the year is Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which has earned $101, 502, 147. This is despite a RT rating of 56%.
Last months suggestions, their RT rating, and how much they’ve earned:
- The Legend of Hercules – a RT rating of 3% (that isn’t a typo) which earned just under $20 million.
- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – a RT rating of 56% and earned just under $103 million.
- I, Frankenstein – a RT rating of 4% (again, not a typo) and earned just under $32 million.
- That Awkward Moment – a RT rating of 22% and earning $10.6 million.
Well, options were very bare in January, and these ratings and earnings mostly back this up. Hopefully, things will improve, but most importantly, remember: Film is Unique, Unique is Magical, and Magic is Love.