ANNOUNCEMENT: Invest in Blockbuster Warrants of Hollywood's biggest moneymakers.

SPIN FACTOR® - The HSX Blog



Weekend Pass: Of Astronauts and Aliens



Even as throngs of morose, heavy-eyelinered female teenagers haunt the night camping out for the vampire event known as The Twilight Saga: New Moon [TWIL2], there are actually other new offerings in theaters this weekend.  Some say the second tale in the Twilight series will be the movie event of the year, but that doesn’t mean other films can’t have a day as well. 

 

The weekend also caters to parents of young kids who will have a new animated film to appreciate.  Planet 51 [PLT51] from Sony Pictures Tristar features the voices of Dwayne Johnson [TROCK], Jessica Biel [JBIEL], Sean William Scott [SWSCO], Justin Long [JLONG], Gary Oldman [GOLDM] and John Cleese [JCLEE].

 

Planet 51 comes from the writer of Shrek and the animation is reminiscent of the grumpy green ogre.  An astronaut named Captain Charles ‘Chuck’ Baker lands on the title planet thinking he is alone.  However, he finds an alien civilization that lives much like 1950s America.  The people of Planet 51 in turn think Baker is an alien.  He seeks refuge with a young boy who hides him so he can locate his ship and return to earth.  Until then, Captain Baker must learn to blend in and be one of the aliens.

 

With solid production and simple storytelling to keep kids occupied, Planet 51 should find a following.  Although A Christmas Carol [CAROL] is considered to be its closest competition and the film is doing well at the box office, that story can be boring for the toddler age.  Jim Carrey’s antics after all require some degree of attentiveness and in this writer’s opinion, Planet 51 is a better bet.  The feel good story about a fish-out-of-water and friendship is a useful one to drive home before the holidays.

 

Although some of the action could be tried and tired, the talented cast lends its vocal charm.  All in all, while not breaking any new technology or plot ground, Planet 51 should be enough to keep kids occupied for a few hours.          



Tag(s): PLT51, TROCK, JBIEL, SWSCO, JLONG, GOLDM, JCLEE, CAROL

View more Blog posts »



By HSXniknak on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 05:09 PM        2273 views


Recent Comments

    No recent comments.


Cantor Exchange

@HSXMOVIES on Twitter





Follow HSX on Twitter!

Steve Jobs (SJOBS) 1000 44.10 (0.00)         Cicero (CICRO) 100000 0.01 (0.00)         Star Blazers (SBLAZ) 100000 0.01 (0.00)         Cars 3 (CARS3) 37085 48.27 (+2.85)         Antonio Banderas (ABAND) 9825 39.62 (+0.03)         Star Wars: Han Solo Anthology (SWAR2) 20000 225.91 (+0.91)         7 Chinese Brothers (7CBRO) 1000 1.11 (0.00)         Our Brand is Crisis (OBCRS) 100000 26.25 (+0.10)         Star Wars: Han Solo Anthology (SWAR2) 100000 225.91 (+0.91)         The British Fund (BRITS) 689 20.13 (0.00)         Aquaman (AQUMN) 50000 73.51 (-0.13)         The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (UNCLE) 1000 55.84 (0.00)         Hacksaw Ridge (HSRDG) 100000 12.21 (+0.05)         Mr. Pig (MRPIG) 100000 0.01 (0.00)         The British Fund (BRITS) 688 20.13 (0.00)         The Graveyard Book (GRVBK) 100000 0.01 (-0.01)         Everest (EVRST) 216 36.60 (+0.15)         Gabriel Byrne (GBYRN) 20000 1.77 (+0.01)         Blade Runner 2 (BLAD2) 25000 24.32 (+1.62)         Everest (EVRST) 216 36.60 (+0.15)         Captive (CPTIV) 99999 23.14 (-1.13)         Timeless (TMLES) 100000 0.01 (0.00)         Three Seconds (3SECS) 100000 12.42 (+1.31)         Cars 3 (CARS3) 99999 48.27 (+2.85)         Chevy Chase (CCHAS) 20000 21.67 (-0.08)         The 33 (THE33) 100000 22.30 (-0.51)         The 33 (THE33) 100000 22.30 (-0.51)         The 33 (THE33) 100000 22.30 (-0.51)         Everest (EVRST) 622 36.60 (+0.15)         James Wan (JWAN) 10000 102.68 (+0.57)         James Wan (JWAN) 10000 102.68 (+0.57)         Blade Runner 2 (BLAD2) 25000 24.32 (+1.62)         Get a Job aka Millennials (GAJOB) 40000 0.47 (+0.02)         Blade Runner 2 (BLAD2) 25000 24.32 (+1.62)         Baywatch (BAYWT) 100000 14.61 (+0.49)         Irrational Man (IRATM) 99000 2.94 (+0.03)         Baywatch (BAYWT) 100000 14.61 (+0.49)         The Nice Guys (NICEG) 50000 16.63 (0.00)         Star Wars: Han Solo Anthology (SWAR2) 100000 225.91 (+0.91)         Buttercup (BTCUP) 10000 0.02 (0.00)         Noodle Man (NODLM) 100000 9.39 (-0.23)         Buttercup (BTCUP) 10000 0.02 (0.00)         Noodle Man (NODLM) 100000 9.39 (-0.23)         Buttercup (BTCUP) 10000 0.02 (0.00)         Buttercup (BTCUP) 10000 0.02 (0.00)         The Gift (WERDO) 100000 22.71 (-0.83)         Buttercup (BTCUP) 10000 0.02 (0.00)         The Gift (WERDO) 100000 22.71 (-0.83)         Buttercup (BTCUP) 10000 0.02 (0.00)         Cars 3 (CARS3) 100000 48.27 (+2.85)