In Glasgow, ‘The Flash’ has been filming for over 3 months now, and there has been no shortage of leaks. From time-traveling theories to Batman on a specialized-motorcycle, plenty of photos have popped up on the internet. Now, we just got a few more.
Jungle Cruise……is surprisingly not a bad movie. The film isn’t the best, but it isn’t bad either. I came into my screening unexcited, and my expectations were rock-bottom. But Disney being Disney, it managed to surprise and impress me, per usual. Dwyane Johnson and Emily Blunt were spectacular in their roles. Jack Whitehall somehow manages to keep pace in this movie as well.
Let’s start with the bad. In Disney movies, including this one, the love story theme is way overused. It’s used in so many of their films, and is basically a staple of Disney, but at somepoint it gets overused, and boring. Also, stereotyping the villain to be German is…..lame, to be blunt (no pun intended).
Paul Giamatti was a low point in the film. His acting was great, but the character felt unnecessary to the plot, and overall useless. So did Edgar Ramirez’s character. Jesse Plemons could’ve done the whole bad-guy routine by himself, but they added another character in, that honestly just freaked me out. Snakes all over his body. Creepy.
Now, to the good. There is a LOT of great action, and quite a bit of it is pretty dark. Like Cruella, Mulan, and Black Widow, the 4 live-action films on Premier Access have great action sequences, wonderful character development, and lots of twists. The animation and VFX are amazing, you can’t even notice that some settings are done with green screens.
It’s quite obviously a Disney movie, with that trademark charm imprinted onto the script. The cinematography is off the charts, and it’s quite obvious why Dwyane Johnson wanted Jaume Collet-Serra (the director) back for Black Adam. There are quite a few twists, which I won’t spoil, but you will enjoy. Proxima, the jaguar, acts like a cute, obedient, but BIG cat.
Unlike Black Widow, however, the third act does not fall apart completely. There are definitely cracks, but for the most part it stands strong. Lily Houghton, Frank Wolff, and MacGregor are 3 very well developed characters, and by the end of the film we have a very firm hold on who these characters are. Jesse Plemons’ character, Prince Joachim, is not nearly as well developed, as there is never a motive established for everything that he does.
Conclusion + Other Thoughts
Do I think it could have a sequel? Yes, absolutely. And I would be all for it. One thing to keep in mind, though: Try and see it in theaters before Premier Access if you can, it’s 100% a better experience. My projections for how it’ll do in the box office is probably around the $400-500M mark, worldwide. It’s a good movie, and could have made more, but 2 major things are preventing it from achieving somewhere close to the $1B mark.
1) Premier Access. Had this film not been released on Premier Access, it probably would have made $100-200M more, because of Premier Access buys AND piracy streaming.
2) COVID-19. The pandemic has also shut down many theatres worldwide, and even for the ones that are open, people are scared to go back to the theatres in an indoor, enclosed space.
That’s my review of Jungle Cruise! It wasn’t the best Disney film, but was a memorable one. See it at your local theater today or watch it on Disney+ with Premier Access.
UPDATE AT 4:01pm PST (July 30, 2021): Women In Film LA, Reframe, and Time’s Up have issued a joint statement against Disney’s response to the lawsuit:
While we take no position on the business issues in the litigation between Scarlett Johansson and The Walt Disney Company, we stand firmly against Disney’s recent statement which attempts to characterize Johansson as insensitive or selfish for defending her contractual business rights. This gendered character attack has no place in a business dispute and contributes to an environment in which women and girls are perceived as less able than men to protect their own interests without facing ad hominem criticism.
WIF LA, Reframe, and Time’s Up in a joint statement regarding the lawsuit
UPDATE AT 10:18am PST (July 30, 2021): CAA co-chair and the agent for Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Lourd, issued this statement in response to Disney’s press release on the lawsuit:
“I want to address the Walt Disney Company’s statement that was issued in response to the lawsuit filed against them yesterday by our client Scarlett Johansson. They have shamelessly and falsely accused Ms. Johansson of being insensitive to the global COVID pandemic, in an attempt to make her appear to be someone they and I know she isn’t.
Scarlett has been Disney’s partner on nine movies, which have earned Disney and its shareholders billions. The company included her salary in their press statement in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman, as if that were something she should be ashamed of. Scarlett is extremely proud of the work that she, and all of the actors, writers, directors, producers, and the Marvel creative team have been a part of for well over a decade.
This suit was filed as a result of Disney’s decision to knowingly violate Scarlett’s contract. They have very deliberately moved the revenue stream and profits to the Disney+ side of the company leaving artistic and financial partners out of their new equation. That’s it, pure and simple.
Disney’s direct attack on her character and all else they implied is beneath the company that many of us in the creative community have worked with successfully for decades.”
UPDATE AT 3:58pm PST (July 29, 2021): The Hollywood Reporter has published that Disney has made a statement about these claims:
There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.
The Walt Disney Company on Johansson’s lawsuit
“Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson is suing The Walt Disney Company in a shocking turn of events. Johansson is claiming that they have breached her contract by releasing Black Widow in a hybrid format, not an exclusive theatrical release.
The claim that was filed to the courts on July 29th say “Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”
This follows after Black Widow made $80 million on its first week of release, but then dropped a whopping 67%, the biggest decline of any Marvel Studios release to date. This is being blamed on Disney’s decision to release Black Widow on Disney+ and in theaters simultaneously, a day-and-date release model.
The complaint also said that Johansson raised concerns in 2019 about the film being released on Disney+, with Disney later on ignoring her requests to renegotiate her contract after the release strategy was changed.
Disney’s CEO, Bob Chapek, defended the decision to shift Black Widow to hybrid in May on an earnings call. “One of the things we learned is that flexibility is good,” he said. “We’re really celebrating that flexibility … we’re trying to offer consumers more choice.”
2021 is gonna be getting sent off by Marvel Studios in a glorious blaze of arrows with the new Disney+ series Hawkeye. Today, thanks to our friends at Entertainment Weekly, we got our first look at it.
For those not in the know, The show follows not only one of the founding members of the Avengers, Clint Barton, played once again by Jermey Renner, but also MCU newcomer and fan favourite comics character Kate Bishop, portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld. Check out the first image below:
In a new quote from Renner, he describes Steinfeld’s character:
“[Kate is] a 22-year-old kid and she’s a big Hawkeye fan,” Renner tells EW. “She has a wonderfully annoying and equally charming manner about her, because she’s such a fangirl of Hawkeye. The relationship grows from that, but the biggest problem for Clint is Kate Bishop and the onslaught of problems that she brings into his life.”
Not only did we get a first image but, we got a release date right during Thanksgiving. Wednesday, November 24th.
Hawkeye, starring Jermey Renner, Haliee Steinfeld and Florence Pugh releases on Disney+ November 24th, 2021. Are you excited for Hawkeye? Let us know on our social media!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is off the scale when it comes to anticipation, so naturally spoilers will be leaked to the public. Now, it just became a bit easier to do that.
In a recent interview with Collider, James Gunn confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will film in Georgia, starting this November. Previously, it was confirmed that Vol. 3 would shoot in London in the fall, but as Murphy’s Multiverse has pointed out, nothing is final until the shoot begins. Murphy’s Multiverse was also the first to post that Vol. 3 had switched locations from London to Georgia.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 releases in theaters on May 5, 2023.
It’s no stretch to say that James Gunn’s third venture into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is highly anticipated. Some would even go beyond that. Now, Marvel fans know just how long the third Guardians film has had its script done.
In a recent interview with Collider, James Gunn confirmed that the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 had been done “for years”. Gunn also confirmed that the film would officially be titled “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”. Full quote:
It’s basically been finished for years. I keep fiddling with different things and adding things, and figuring out permutations and stuff. I’m in the middle of doing another draft now, but it’s really small stuff in comparison to what it has been. It’s basically been finished since three years ago.
James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 releases in theatres on May 5, 2023.
Black Adam has nearly wrapped filming in Atlanta, and new details are coming to light.
Streamr News has reported that Djimon Hounsou will reprise his role as Shazam (the wizard, not the superhero) in ‘Black Adam’. He is also expected to appear in ‘Shazam: Fury of the Gods’, which releases in theaters on June 3, 2023. According to Streamr, he will be in the film to give Dwayne Johnson’s character (Teth Adam) the abilities that will transform him into Black Adam.
Black Adam releases in theaters on July 29, 2022, and is produced by WarnerDiscovery.