If you are not a fan of comic books and superheroes, then the movies must be a true drudgery for you these days. It is without a doubt that the superhero genre is the go-to genre for the big studios these days and nearly all of the movies, even the bad ones, manage to scrape together enough money to return that investment. This weekend a movie that is virtually guaranteed not to lose money, and involves one of the most beloved superheroes of all time, hits theaters.
Here are the movies opening May 2, 2014:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx. First there was the original trilogy featuring everyone's favorite webslinger. Now, the second movie in the rebooted series hits theaters. I, for one, loved the first in this series when the rebooted Spider-Man's origin with The Amazing Spider-Man and felt it was one of the best Spidey movies. This time, Spider-Man returns and he is balancing his life as a crime fighter while also trying to keep a promise he made and stay away from Gwen Stacy, the woman he loves. Now comes a new threat in the form of Electro, a villain who can control electricity. However, Electro is not the only one as Spidey soon faces off against The Green Goblin and Rhino. It's a long film, well over two hours, and there are already complaints that this one is muddied because of the sheer number of villains and complicated plot. Fans of the character, however, will probably love it. Rated PG-13.
Walk of Shame - Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs. Banks plays a woman who auditions for a prominent TV news anchor position and blows it. She goes out and parties, getting drunk and ending up in a one-night stand. Then she gets a call saying that the new job is hers if she can make it to the studio by 5 pm, provided she can find a way to get across town. She is in an unfamiliar part of town, with no money, no phone and no car. This movie was not screened for critics and many are saying that this could be a huge disaster for actress Elizabeth Banks. Rated R.
Belle - Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Matthew Goode. A movie loosely based on a real life story. It's a period piece and tells the tale of the illegitimate, mix-raced, daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Her bloodline affords this girl certain privileges inside British society, but her skin color also means that she faces very serious discrimination. It is also the story of how slavery was ended in the UK. The movie is garnering very positive reviews saying it is full of costumes and pageantry of a period piece with very strong and powerful performances. Rated PG.