The best comedies can usually be summarized in a single sentence that captures there absurdity. For example, Groundhog Day is about a weatherman who wakes up every day on February 2nd caught in an eternal loop. Tag is about a group of friends who have been playing the same game of tag for over 30 years. It’s a great set-up for a comedy. It’s made even greater by the fact that it is based on a true story (you can click here to read The Daily Mail’s write-up of the true life game). I was lucky enough to be able to attend an advance screening of Tag (which opens wide on June 15th) and a great ensemble cast delivers the year’s second awesome comedy (rent Game Night immediately if you missed it).
Continue reading Movie Review: Tag (2018) *A Game 30 Years in the Making*
After the awesomeness earlier this year that was Game Night, is it too much to dream we may have another comedy on the way? The premise for Tag, which is reputedly a true story (which I would love to know more about), is that it’s a game of tag among five friends that has now gone on for 30 years and has turned their lives into an absolute frenzy of opportunistic mayhem. It has a great cast with Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm (who is so much more funny than he is even a great dramatic actor), Ed Helms, Isla Fisher, and Rashida Jones among others. The trailer really made me laugh, and if they can sustain that kind of absurdity through a whole film-always the trick with comedies even those with a great premise-then this should be a fun addition to an already packed June schedule. Tag is scheduled for a June 15, 2018 release. YOU’RE IT!
One of the summer’s biggest surprise success stories was that of the magic-based ensemble heist flick Now You See Me, directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans) and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.
Having grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, it was probably no surprise when Lionsgate announced earlier this month that they were going to move forward with a sequel to the movie with no other details.
When ComingSoon.net spoke to Louis Letterier back in May, no one knew how well the movie might do, so asking about a sequel at that point seemed to be putting the cart before the horse, but when talking to Leterrier about the extras on the DVD and Blu-ray earlier today, the director mentioned that the long version of the first movie also includes a scene they shot that sets up a possible sequel.
He told us why they removed that scene from the original movie. “It was sort of ending up (with the movie) in ‘onto further adventures,’ which is fine, but we don’t really do that. We had a scene that we kept and when Lionsgate and Summit said, ‘Yeah, let’s do a sequel,’ I said, ‘Okay let’s put it on the DVD and do the longer cut. It’s after the credits, but I was very conscious of not jinxing it. This summer I saw a couple of movies where they had ‘sequelitis’ and you totally jinx it, but this was only for the DVD and only for the Blu-ray.”
Leterrier also confirmed that he will be returning to direct the sequel and is already planning out what that might be, since being involved with another movie was always something on his mind even if few people could have guessed how successful the movie would be. “Obviously it was always part of it. I’m currently, not writing, but we’re coming up with the story, the plot, the everything, the twist and the new characters and everything. It was always at least a diptych, two movies, to tell one long story, so yeah, I’m very much involved in it. I don’t know if it’s going to be my next movie. I know we want to do it pretty fast but I might be able to do another movie in between.”
Now You See Me is out on DVD and Blu-ray on September 3. Look for the rest of our interview with Louis Leterrier before then.
Killing Time’s favorite film of the year so far, Now You See Me, is getting a sequel. The end of the movie certainly left the gate open for further adventures, but I hope they take they time to craft a story as clever and fun as the first is. This is what Coming Soon had to say: “As the summer comes to a close, studios are already looking back at what worked and what didn’t and for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, one of their big summer successes was the Louis Letterier-directed magical heist movie Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher. It has grossed $115.6 domestic and $119.3 million internationally based on a reported production cost of $75 million.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts on Friday that the success of one of the summer’s few movies that isn’t a sequel and isn’t based on an existing property already has the company talking about a sequel with plans to start production as early as 2014.
There’s no additional information about whether they already have a writer working on a screenplay, whether director Louis Letterier might return to direct or how much of the original ensemble cast were signed to multiple picture deals and might return, but if you happened to have seen the movie then you know that there are definitely some interesting ideas that they could explore in a sequel.
This is going to be a brief review as this movie has already kidnapped enough of my life without me having to continue to dwell on it. In fact, let’s just do some quick bullet points.
1. I love my wife, but her Redbox privileges are on probation.
2. Dreamworks, Pixar has a very helpful guide they use for composing movies that have stories and a purpose for existing. As a matter of fact, I just put them up last week and here’s the link in case you’re interested:
3. I don’t know what kind of tatted-up, sabre-wielding, yeti-loving Santa Claus they have in Russia, but here in America we like the Santa created by the Coca Cola Corporation that flies around sprinkling capitalism on our God-fearing nation. Keep your suspiciously Alec Baldwin sounding Commie Claus in Vladimir Putin’s basement on a steady diet of beets and that potato whiskey you drink. Sorry, I know we have Russian readers, but you can’t give me my time back and I’m lashing out.
4. I may have been subtle. For clarity’s sake, I did not find this film entertaining.