Krypto and Super-Animals, Sundown, Destruction Babies… what are the cinema releases for the week of July 27, 2022?
Every week, Largescreen hits theaters and selects a few must-see releases and films (for good or bad reasons). With DC's new Justice League, a Japanese beat 'em up, a family crisis in Acapulco, and a Hitchcock that tends to be forgotten too much.
If you don't go see Man of Steel 2…
THE RECOMMENDED CINEMA OUTINGS Krypto and the Super-Animals
What it's about: Krypto is a happy super-dog with his super-master Superman. But a guinea pig mastering telekinesis thanks to a piece of kryptonite manages to imprison the Justice League. Earth's heroes can only rely on a disempowered Krypto and his new friends, dumb super-animals, to set them free.
Why you have to see it: DC Comics and Warner Bros. don't have much to offer in theaters lately, the handful of teasers from San Diego Comic-Con prove it, thankfully Krypto and the Super-Animals is here to comfort those nostalgic for Henry Cavill in Superman. Because if the animated film is primarily aimed at a young audience with its cartoon gags, directors and screenwriters Jared Stern and Sam Levine want to target older fans. This is partly thanks to his jokes referenced to the comics and the cinematic lore of DC heroesthat Krypto reaches the status of a pleasant surprise.
This desire to offer a generous film is also found in the staging of the action. Epic battles are pure moments of superhero cinema with magnificent lighting effects that do not have to be ashamed in front of the competition. It all culminates in the excess of his last act which makes you laugh as much as you believe – and yet it is stupid. Unfortunately, the scenario sinks into clichés pulling on the sensitive chord, and the patience of the youngest spectators. This heaviness penalizes a story that flaunts its morality on friendship with the subtlety of red underpants put on blue tights.
With more attention given writing, Krypto and the Super-Animals was an excellent parody tribute to the characters of the comics way Lego: Batman or more broadly Shrek. It is still a good family entertainment that is seen with infinitely more pleasure than The Minions 2.
The note of Widescreen: 3/5
What it's about: Passed to tobacco, Taira gets up with an insatiable desire to fight. So he rushes down the streets of the big local town in search of opponents, who will return the blows more or less well.
Why you have to see it: Released in 2016 in Japan, Destruction Babies arrives very late in France, accompanied by another film by Tetsuya Mariko, Becoming Father. And it's better late than never: this strange feature film hits us where we least expect it by defusing all the codes of the fighting film, as if it were developing the Fight Club scene in a little less than two hours. where the two heroes send donuts to see how it feels.
Except here, it's more of a wandering tinged with blind violence in the streets of a rural Japan quite rare in cinema, Japan plagued by dazzling brutality , completely desperate cries of revolt. An experience that is difficult to describe (the work on the sound is quite edifying) and that you have to live for yourself.
The Large Screen rating: 3.5 /5
Our review of Destruction Babies
THE CINEMA OUTING THAT WE DON'T RECOMMEND Sundown
What it's about: While a wealthy English family is vacationing in Acapulco, the mother learns of the death of one of her parents and forces everyone to return home. emergency in London. But at the airport, the husband pretends to have forgotten his passport at the hotel, stays put and isolates himself in a modest motel in the city.
Why you have to see it: Because you like hurting yourself. It's hard to find a cinema more unsympathetic than that of Michel Franco. After having filmed the cruel and forced love of a brother and his sister in Daniel y Ana, the moral harassment of his heroine in Despuès De Lucia or even the soporific life of a physiotherapist in Chronic,the Mexican has definitely no desire to tell the story of joy and no more in his new feature film shown in Venice in 2021.
On the contrary, Michel Franco does pure Michel Franco with Sundown, following a selfish and hateful character (good old Tim Roth who decidedly loves the Mexican since he was already in Chronic) wandering aimlessly in a vain story, out of hell. And if the first minutes may seem intriguing and in line with a Haneke, the whole is above all opportunistic, dishonest, even malicious, Michel Franco having fun making horrible things happen to characters who are just as much.
Should we be saddened then? Laugh? Who cares? No idea, and not sure that Michel Franco knows it himself as the gentleman seems to hate life… and only waits for death.
Widescreen rating: 1.5/5
THE COOL RE-RELEASE LES CHAINED
Original release: 1948 – Duration: 1h42
What it's about: A US agent recruits the daughter of a Nazi war criminal to infiltrate an IG Farben circle, who took refuge in Rio de Janeiro after World War II . And as they gradually fall in love, she must seduce one of the enemies.
Why you have to see it: When we think of Hitchcock, we immediately think of Psychosis, Window on the courtyard, Cold Sweats, The Birds, The Stranger on the Nord-Express or even The Death on the heels. Less to A Woman Disappears, No Spring for Marnie, Lifeboat and Les Enchaînés, all of them exciting.< /p>
Between the pen of screenwriter Ben Hecht (Scarface, The Fantastic Ride, Chicago Nights), the staging of Hitchcock, and the he interpretation of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman (who had already toured with Hitchock, The Chained Ones was destined to be a marvel. It was and remains, thanks to relentless thriller mechanics, a tragic love story, and a tension that builds scene after scene.
No need to run away from black and white, or listen to the fear of confronting an old classic that belongs in film school lessons: Les Enchaînés is indeed a well-executed thriller, from beginning to end. its modernity: the plot was clearly recycled in Mission: Impossible 2, which went so far as to repeat several scenes.
The grade of É Wide notch: 4/5