I must admit at the outset of this that a serious part of my childhood is missing. For in all of my years and across the entirety of my childhood I have never watched the Disney classic “Marry Poppins” in its entirety. I may have watched a scene or two along the way and know a tid-bit of the songs but somewhere along the way I never quite copped on to Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke dancing through the park accompanied by tap dancing penguins. So aside from the collective cultural conscience of the film I really didn’t know what to expect when going in to see “Saving Mr. Banks”, however I was not disappointed in the slightest afterwards.
After the takeover of everything Star Wars, it may not be a surprise that Disney wants to continue to snap up Lucas properties to keep propped up forever, before it buys Lego, Transformers, GI Joe, Barbie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Back to the Future and your grandmother’s best recipes and totally owns your and everyone’s childhood. Star Wars is an easy bet— it’s a huge sci-fi world that can keep going and going with different stories and different characters and stories. Disney could keep Star Wars alone going for the next 10,000 years. Indiana Jones however is a bit different in that, as the name implies, it’s about one awesome character, played by one awesome Harrison Ford and I don’t have faith any Indiana Jones spin-offs or outright replacement of Indiana Jones by another actor would be worth a fuck. But I also wouldn’t have guessed Disney could enslave Johnny Depp for eternity to make movies about a Disneyland ride.
Homefront, starring Jason Statham and James Franco is in theatres now. From first glance it looks to be a typical beat em up violent thriller, but does it have what it takes to stand out? How does it do? Is it a decent watch, or should it be sent back to prison?