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The film is premiered in the United States. On July 19, many critics praised the performances of the actors, while recognizing the similarities with their original performances.
Another weekend, a new opportunity for Disney to tinker with buckets of money. The latest upcoming hit from the factory: Pixar Toy Story 4who raised $ 118 million at the box office in North America this weekend. This figure is slightly below expectations, which were close to $ 140 million, but it is enough to give Pixar's parent company, Disney, the four most important national opening weekends of 2019.
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The list of Hollywood productions considering leaving Georgia due to the state-imposed new ban on abortion continues to grow. Netflix expressed his intentions earlier this week, claiming that the company would "rethink" filming in Georgia if and when the law would come into effect, and a handful of other filmmakers and creators also expressed the wish to pull their productions out of business. State under similar circumstances. Now, it seems like Disney, who has filmed movies such as Black Panther and Avengers: End of the game in Georgia, can also leave. Speak to ReutersBob Iger, honcho of Mouse House, said it would be "very difficult" to continue working in Georgia if the so-called "heartbeat" The law will actually be implemented on January 1st. "I think a lot of people who work for you will not want to work there, and we will have their wishes in that regard," Iger said. "Right now, we are watching it very carefully."
Looks like Jessica Jones is the last one standing up. After the Cancellations of Luke Cage, Daredevil, The punisherand Iron fist, Jessica Jones is the last episode of the Marvel series to offer new episodes on Netflix, and fans now know when the final season will be broadcast. The streaming service announced earlier this week during the third season will begin June 14, of course, with the 13 episodes disappearing at the same time. Grab some whiskey and join the toughest detective in New York on his last round.
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Hey, remember some time ago when Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Kindergarten cop? Well, now he's about to play a new type of teacher. The former governor of California is attached to the star in Kindergarten Superhero by Stan Lee, an animated series where he will play a superhero-trained gym instructor to teach the next generation of superheroes. The show was one of the last projects Lee was working on before his death end of last year
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Hot on the heels of John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum hit Avengers: End of the game out of his wicket perchLionsgate announced this week that a fourth installment was to be presented in theaters. No other details are known, but the next Wick The movie is planned to land May 21, 2021
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First reviews of Tolkien criticize these moments the bridges for Lord of the Rings fans that extend between Middle-earth and the life and spirit of the man who built it. AT these The critics, the illusionary allusions are insignificant and exaggerated, the CGI dragon seeming, it seems, inherently reductive of Tolkien's artistic talent. Perhaps, but waiting for the perfect realism of the febrile spirit of a man lying in a small pond of other people's blood also seems unrealistic. Who would want to take a look at human cruelty when it can be illusoryly transposed to fictitious animals?
Dome Karukoski, director of the biopic, says that he has tried to account for Tolkien's own story while reading from his work. The author felt that he owed his landscapes – the Dead Marshes, the Black Gate of Mordor – to the Somme. In death, Tolkien was even more explicit about the connection between his art and life: the gravestones of his wife and that of his wife bear the names of two of his fictional characters.
In this perspective, most of Karukoski's references in Tolkien the atmosphere is unpleasant, ranging from clichés evoking Shire from the verdant English countryside to moments when Tolkien's future wife, played by Lily Collins, looks particularly like Arwen-esque, standing under gnarled trees. As for the more explicit sequences, Karukoski says that they are not supposed to suggest that World War I + the flamethrower = Smaug's desolation. "It's a young man who always finds his voice and confronts his own imagination," said Karukoski. "He builds his world at this time, nothing is over."
In the half-century that has passed since Tolkien's death, all the thoughts that seem to have about him are certainties about who he was, what he wants to say and, above all, what his legacy deserves. As a Tolkien, man has decomposed under this high-concept gravestone, he has acquired a weight and extratextual meaning that makes it concrete and invites hatred. The Tolkien family and estate, who did not participate in the making of the film, issued a statement claiming that they did not approve of Tolkien and "approve neither this one nor its contents in any way". Even before the film was released in theaters, Karukoski and Nicholas Hoult, who plays Tolkien, felt the need to point out that they were fans and that the film was "respectful".
What respect means in this context is entirely subjective. For Karukoski, it's something like empathy and emulation. By describing how I became involved in the project, I become mythological. "There is a sense of destiny – at the age of 12, I was also an unhappy outsider and victim of intimidation without a father," says Karukoski. "Then I read Lord of the Ringsand these stories have become my friends. They even trained me as a storyteller. I recognize the young Tolkien. "For others, like some of these dissatisfied critics, respect would have meant matching Tolkien's intellectual rigor, or humanizing him by exploring his relationships or seeking a perfect historical accuracy." Tolkien as a person was going to be completely satisfied.
Tolkien itself offers a way to understand that. In the film, Tolkien's father, Father Francis, said: "There is comfort in distance, in old things." The notion is central to Tolkien's work, but it explains why biopics are so often dismissed as fallacious, reductive, and disrespectful. In Tolkien, you lose a bit of the flattering and comforting cloud of mythology. Stripped of glamor, Tolkien looks like a relatively ordinary Briton who goes to war and marries the girl next door.
For me, the problem with Tolkien is less Tolkien and more Tolkien. As a film, it's a bit like watching British people Society of dead poets which slowly transforms into All calm on the Western Front, with knights and hallucinatory dragons. This is conventional and can be very fun when one does not try to be highbrow, which seems to suit Tolkien. His work lasts because it's a well-known blockbuster – the greatest hits of all the stories told during European history, fused in an allegory so vast that he found his place in the imagination of fans for over 80 years.
But without Middle Earth, Tolkien does not really matter – not for me anyway. I may not be the intended audience for the film, even though I am a LotR fan since the age of 9 years. The only other person at my screening was three men in their sixties. They sneered through schoolboy sequences that left me cold and bored.
I identified with Tolkien when his mind became fantastic. I enjoyed the interaction between fiction and reality, fantasy and dissociation. These are the elements that made sense to look at a world in ruins and, instead of moving away, nihilists, seeing this moment reflected in the great metaphorical wheels of history and myth. Tolkien's legacy consists of his books and all that followed: Harry Potter, World of Warcraft, the game of thrones, Led Zeppelin. The man himself, as well as the times when he was dominated by men, should remain at the footnote.