The movie selection this week is a potpourri and includes “Aladdin,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Rocketman,” and “John Wick: Chapter 3.”
Weekend box office results has “Godzilla” at No. 1, “Aladdin” at No. 2 and “Rocketman” at No. 3. “John Wick,” having been on for a few weeks, has dropped out of the top altogether, but not before it has made $125 million domestically.
“Aladdin” is my favorite. It is a charming and delightful retelling of a favorite fairy tale. And Will Smith, as the Genie, is such a spot-on choice. It is truly an enjoyable family film.
That “Godzilla” took the No. 1 spot this weekend was a complete surprise to me. Mostly because it is the 36th big screen Godzilla movie, starting with Godzilla’s first showing in 1954. But, by gosh, that makes “Godzilla,” King indeed.
Now we come to “Rocketman” and “John Wick.”
“Rocketman” is an emotional, musical journey into the life of Elton John from his youth to his partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Taupin and John collaborated on the 1973 “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album from which “Rocketman” is taken. John had direct involvement in “Rocketman’s” production. A total of 88 percent of audiences liked it.
“John Wick” has the ultimate of movie fight scenes. In fact, 80 percent of the film is filled with various martial arts fighting, including diverse forms of judo and karate. Orchestration of the stunt work is outstanding in timing with no serious injury to actors reported.
FYI: Keanu Reeves has years of training in various forms of martial arts (e.g. judo, krav maga, and karate). A total of 89 percent of critics/audiences liked the film.