Movies of the week: Interstellar and Big Hero 6

The stars and superheroes are the central topics of this week’s featured films and two my most anticipated films of the year. First on deck is Disney’s latest animated adventure that will probably end up winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Big Hero 6, a joint venture between Disney and Marvel Comics, is the story of a young robotics prodigy and his inflatable robot who are thrust into a conflict between a mysterious adversary and the city of San Fransokyo and the two must work with a group of friends in order preserve the peace. Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams and writers Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson and Jordan Roberts adapted the animated adventure from the comics written by Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagel and features the voices of Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, Ryan Potter, Damon Wayans, Maya Rudolph and Jamie Cheung,

What am I expecting to see?: Disney always owned the monopoly of animated adventures, but over the last few years, they continue to raise the bar with films like Frozen, Wreck-It-Ralph and Brave and it looks as if their legacy is going to continue with this action-adventure/comedy that looks as if it is the next coming of The Incredibles. I had no idea that there was a “Big Hero 6” comics series under the Marvel banner until Disney announced that they were adapting Baymax, Hiro Hamada and the rest of this colorful adventure into a animated motion picture. I expect Big Hero 6 to be nothing short of fun and the front-runner to win every animated award in a few months.

Christopher Nolan has established a reputation of being a visionary filmmaker and his latest project is considered to be his most ambitious project to date. The future of the planet Earth appears grim, with humanity’s exponential population growth, coupled with climate change and environmental decline, thus Earth’s ability’s to create natural resources is virtually exhausted, thus the future of humanity appears to trend towards extinction, however there appears to be a possible solution: exodus. A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole that could possibly lead to a new world(s) that could save humanity from its fate. Co-written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, and led by a cast including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck, this is Interstellar.

What am I expecting to see?: I’m a fan of Christopher Nolan and I have been since Batman Begins, but Interstellar seems like it is a film that aims to follow in the footsteps of Life of Pi and Gravity, films that exercise a technical mastery of cinema in order to unfold the narrative and it is easy to see why Nolan is ambitious in this undertaking. Nolan appears to be emulating his admiration for the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, while giving Matthew McConaughey another crack at the Best Actor category for awards season. I’m hoping that this is the movie that lands Christopher Nolan an Oscar nomination for Best Director, a distinction I feel that he should have earned by now with films such as Inception and The Dark Knight. This is supposed to be Nolan at his most ambitious. I go to Interstellar with high expectations.


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