Movie Buzz: 3-9

9 Mar

This week Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax took number one at the box office taking $70M.  Project X came in second grossing $21M and Act of Valor moved to third place bringing in $14M. Being Flynn made it to number 53 and only grossed $44 thousand. So let’s see how they did and if they are worth the money![1]

Note: We only review films in wide release.  

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – PG – What’s the Buzz? 

This film is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ book of the same title. It’s about a boy (Zac Efron) who must discover the story of the Lorax (Danny DeVito) in order to win the affection of the girl (Taylor Swift) of his dreams. Despite most top critics disliking this film, families love it! Of the more positive reviews, The Hollywood Reporter describes it as Armed with a splendid voice cast and a gorgeously rendered 3D-CG landscape, the film entertains while delivering it’s pro-environmental, anti-greed message wrapped in a bright package of primary colors that truly pop.”[2]

So is it worth the money? Yes

  • Box office rank:#1
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 47 (Positive)
  • Film Critics Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 57% (Fresh)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 6.6 (Positive)
  • Consumers Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 90% (Fresh)

Project X— R– What’s the Buzz?

Project X is about three high school seniors throwing a party that they hope no one will forget in an attempt to make themselves popular. Of course very soon it descends into chaos. This film seems to have both film critics and consumers spilt over whether it is good or not. One positive review from Rolling Stones describes it as raunchy, reckless and ready to party.[3] However the Los Angeles Times calls it “numbingly predictable” and “bears a cravenly piggish attitude toward rewarding socially unacceptable behaviour that feels unseemly rather than exciting, so-what rather than so-funny and obvious instead of new.”[4]

So is it worth the money? Maybe

  • Box office rank: #2
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 48 (Negative)
  • Film Critics Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 27% (Rotten)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 4.8 (Positive)
  • Consumers Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 73% (Fresh)


Being Flynn — R – What’s the Buzz?

Being Flynn is based on a true story and stars Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore and Olivia Thirlby. The film is about a young writer working in a homeless shelter and comes face to face with his father who he hasn’t seen in 18 years. He then has to decide whether he wants his father in his life or not. This is another film that received mixed reviews from both critics and audiences. Despite that the movie does stand out as being different, with Roger Ebert saying What’s admirable about “Being Flynn” is that it doesn’t cave in to the standard Hollywood redemption formulas, with the father redeemed and the son inspired.”[5]

So is it worth the money? Maybe

  • Box office rank: #53
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 54 (Mixed)
  • Film Critics Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 52% (Fresh)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- TBD
  • Consumers Say: Rotten Tomatoes: 68% (Fresh)

What’s opening in theaters this weekend?

A Thousand Words (latest review results—Critics: 0% Consumers: 59%)

John Carter (latest review results—Critics: 51% Consumers: 90%Rotten Tomatoes)

Silent House (latest review results: Critics: 57% Consumers: 81% Rotten Tomatoes)


10 Responses to “Movie Buzz: 3-9”

  1. littlebells March 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM #

    booyah! In yo face project crap! I think the Lorax will stay in spot one again this week. My cheeks got sore from smiling so much through the film.

    Thats very sad that Being Flynn isnt doing well, but kudos to everyone who wanted to make something new and different. 🙂

    • Open Book March 9, 2012 at 11:09 PM #

      I saw the Lorax!!

      Very inspiring and uplifting message!! Will come back and give my review!!

      • Open Book March 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM #

        The Lorax!!

        I saw it in 3-D. Yeah! I know I had a headache that day after seeing both JC and the Lorax in 3-D. DO NOT RECOMMEND ever seeing two 3-D films back to back. Anyway, thankfully I saw the Lorax first.

        I love the character design and animation. Very beautifully done. The film was slow to get started and had trouble getting u invested in the characters emotionally. IMO!! Ted/Z. Effron was always upbeat and sorta flip throughout the film. They tried to do a non-linear story but the structure was too unbalanced. I say about half way through the film it found its footing but by then they had to cover so much ground and it seemed rushed. Great message none the less, so I’m willing to forgive the begining of the film.

    • Open Book March 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM #


      I did not forget my review of The Lorax.

  2. Comic Relief March 10, 2012 at 6:36 AM #

    I wouldn’t call it the highest concept Sci-fi, (let’s give the source material a break, it was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs at the turn of the century), regardless John Carter was entertaining.

    • Comic Relief March 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM #

      Seems they weren’t able to take the number one spot against an animated feature, so buyer beware.

  3. Lurker March 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM #

    Hey gang!
    I saw John Carter this weekend. First movie visit in a while!

    • Open Book March 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM #

      Hi Lurker!!

      BIG WAVES!! What a great surprise. What did u think of John Carter?

      I saw JC this weekend in 3-D. It was time spent I wish I could get back. LOL!

  4. Lurker March 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM #

    HI Open Book!

    So let me say I’m STILL NOT a fan of 3D movies and the premium price. Might be the aging eyes, can’t say. But not a big deal in my opinion.

    I thought the movie was a blend of the effects of a number of other blockbusters. Seemed like pieces of the film’s special effects were flashbacks.

    We did however, try to piece together the timeline from the beginning of the movie on our way out. Strange we had that discussion, its was readily obvious or I just missed it to early in the film to connect the dots. Makes me wonder if the book did a better job on the story.

    Otherwise, not a bad film, but you could predict where it was going. Visually stunning if you’re into that sort of thing!

    What did you think of the skimpy costumes?

    • Open Book March 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM #

      ITA: I called JC Gumbo……Everything but the kitchen sink was in this film. It could have been interesting if they focused more on the motivations for the relationship of the two main characters. Instead it felt rushed and not very believable. Also, the character design of the aliens resembled Avatar too much. Sure the JC aliens had horns and were green but the tall slim silhouette was very similar to Avatar. That was the biggest turn off to me.

      The costumes…..? LOL!! I liked Lynn Collins/Dejah first costume but then everything went down hill after that. She was a princess/scientist yet seemed to be auditioning to be in a heirom? Did not get it. Again women needs to be rescued by a man. Yawn!! Why can’t all women be written like Trinity in the Matrix? Anyway, I agree with your assesment. The 3-D was too much.

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