Though the month is already off and running, with all of the snow bombarding the city of Boston and our excitement for 2015’s movie calendar to get moving, we thought we would run a quick list of our most anticipated films that will be in multiplexes this month. After months of being spoiled by Oscar contending films, moviegoers everywhere are slowly in the process of coming back to reality. Last year’s February releases held ‘masterpieces’ such as Vampire Academy, The Monuments Men, Robocop (remake), and Pompeii. For those who skip out on going to the theater entirely this month, I don’t blame you. However, for those who are as addicted to the smell of popcorn as I am, here are some films that will hopefully be worth the journey.
Hear me out. It was almost exactly a year ago (February 7, 2014 to be exact) that an animated movie with almost no chance at widespread success was released. With obvious advertisement implications and about as simple of a title as they come, it seemed like it would probably be forgotten in no time. That movie was called “The LEGO Movie,” and it is now considered by far the biggest snub at this years Academy Awards. While “SpongeBob” will almost certainly not reach that level of admiration, it still has a chance of being a highly entertaining flick. I’ll be the first to admit, I rolled my eyes and asked myself “why is this necessary?” when I first heard that a new SpongeBob movie was coming out. Sure the series’ first film was great, but watch five minutes of any new episode and it’s easy for any fan to realize that the show is currently nowhere near its classic first few seasons. These low expectations quickly faded when I discovered that the original show writer and executive producer Paul Tibbitt would be directing the project. I’m not afraid to claim that I still quote plenty of Tibitt’s work from the series as an eighteen year old, and there’s no way I’m missing out on an opportunity to add more to the collection. I can only hope that college students everywhere are able to walk into the theater and relive the magical humor that SpongeBob brought us in the early millennium. That would be the best day ever.
If I were to drop $12.50 on any movie this month, it would have to be Matthew Vaughn’s (director of “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class”) latest action spy film. The preview that I saw before “American Sniper” was seeping with energy, comedy, and action. It seems to have many similarities to older installments in the Bond franchise; full of one-liners and ridiculously hammy super villains. Although the new, more serious Daniel Craig Bond films have taken on a different tone and succeeded, I’m interested to see whether or not “Kingsman” can pull off its stylish vibe and make its obvious influences proud. Of course, it has Mark Miller’s “The Secret Service” comics to live up to as well. Colin Firth, Michael Cain, and Samuel L. Jackson bring Miller’s characters to life; an outstanding cast on paper. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. I had a similar reaction when I saw the cast of Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” included Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, and Penelope Cruz, and that film was terrible.
Although its trailer does not do it many favors, “Focus” has the potential to succeed based on its cast alone. After her impressive debut in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and the news that she will be playing Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad,” Margot Robbie has proved that she can thrive alongside A-List actors like Leonardo DiCaprio. This time she will be co-starring with Will Smith, whose last big role was in M. Night Shyamalan’s most recent disappointment “After Earth.” Luckily, Jaden Smith is not a part of “Focus.” I respect Will Smith’s dedication to giving his son a chance at success in Hollywood, but from a cinematic standpoint, the “father-son duo” path that he’s trying to pave seems to be holding him back. It may be the reason why his work has been scarce and underwhelming as of late. As his Oscar-nominated roles in “Ali” and “The Pursuit of Happyness” have proven, Smith undoubtedly has the talent to give a great performance. I just have one question: how many times can Will Smith’s character make a joke about Margot Robbie’s character’s attractiveness in 100 minutes? If the previews are any indication, the answer is “many”.
It might not be pretty, but it’s all we’ve got for now. It was a fantastic year for film in 2014, and there’s no reason that 2015 should be any different. It’s only a matter of time before we find out if movies like “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” live up to the hype. There’s also those indie films like this year’s Whiplash, Boyhood, and Birdman that we have no idea even exist yet. Hang in there people, directors like Steven Spielberg, David O’Russell, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Torro, Sam Mednes, and Quentin Tarantino all have movies that will be hitting the theaters within next twelve months. Check back at the beginning of March to see what better other movies are coming out this year.
Article by Harrison Jeffs