Friday Wide Release Forecast: July 15, 2011
1) Winnie the Pooh – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 89%/Metacritic: 73
‘Winnie the Pooh’ is the movie that no one is talking about this weekend might be one of the biggest surprises and the biggest delights of the year thus far. ‘Winnie the Pooh’ The fact that Disney decided to bring the fun loving bear with an extra small t-shirt back to the big screen is a big deal. It’s been 35 years since ‘Pooh’ has been on the big screen, and this film marks only the 4th time that “Walt Disney Animation Studios produced a sequel to one of their films from the Disney Animated Classics canon in-house” (via IMDB).
The story is based upon 5 different A.A. Mine book’s and is centered around Owl sending the crew on a wild goose chase to rescue Christopher Robin, because of a note that was left by a mysterious kidnapper named “Backson”.
‘Winnie the Pooh’ maintains a hand-drawn style and introduces a whole new generation to our childhood friends. According to the critics, it looks like it was worth the risk.
Stephen Anderson and Don Hall directed the film, with Anderson being the only one with directorial experience (Meet the Robinson’s). ‘Pooh’ was also written by a team of 6 new writers, including the two co-directors.
2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 97%/Metacritic: 87
Harry truly did save the best for last. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ has a chance to end up being the highest reviewed movie of the year as well as the highest grossing movie of the year (though catching ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On World’s End’ will not be an easy task). David Yates is back as the director for his 4th ‘Potter’ movie (the last 4) and writer Steve Kloves is back the story he started back in ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ (Kloves wrote all but ‘Order of the Phoenix’).
I saw the movie at midnight, and there will be a review that follows this, so I won’t ruin all the details in this post. Know this…the hype isn’t undeserving.