December 18th 2014
‘Tis the season that the cinemas start releasing the biggest, and possibly best, films of the year to part you and your money for a few hours of entertainment. Our in-house movie expert, Howard Elias, is here to sprinkle some holiday magic on this week’s crop of new releases that include characters that may already be near and dear to your heart. For last week’s review click here.
Opening This Week
Big Hero 6
Nerds unite! Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter), is a young genius and troublemaker, who lives in the future city of San Fransokyo (as in San Francisco/Tokyo). When his brother dies in a mysterious fire, he upgrades one of brother’s robots, Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit), with weapons to seek justice. Big Hero 6 is not just a film for kids. There is plenty of humour and serious issues for adults too. Superbly animated, Big Hero 6 could end up being one of Disney Studios biggest hits.
Showing everywhere in 2D and 3D; English and Cantonese, depending on the cinema.
I have yet to understand how such a small book could support three films but if anyone can do it, director Peter Jackson can make it work. In this final installment, Five Armies brings to a conclusion the epic adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and the Company of Dwarves. With grand battles, fantastic creatures, and comic moments to be seen, what’s not to love?
Showing everywhere in 2D and 3D depending on the cinema.
I won’t even begin to tell you how tired and boring this third film in the Night at the Museum franchise is. What do I know? The first two films have already earned a combined US$1 billion in worldwide sales. (Go ahead and scratch your head in disbelief.) This time around, museum guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) heads to London to fix the magic tablet that makes all the exhibits come alive at night. If you’re going to see this film, take note of the scenes with Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney. The two men are sadly missed.
Howard Elias is a Hong Kong-based film critic and film event organiser. You can hear his reviews every Thursday morning at about 8:40 am on RTHK Radio 4, and read his reviews anytime on his website at howardforfilm.com.