Trio of big releases this week. While all three were predicted to be major Oscar competitors if not outright winners, only one left the Academy Awards with any hardware.
Frozen – At this point, I’d find it almost impossible for any parent not to have seen this movie and now they can keep their children fully occupied. As for not getting “Let It Go” to stop playing in your head? Good luck. For the three of you who may have missed this endlessly charming animated Disney film, it’s about Anna teaming with a woodsman and a snowman to try and prevent her sister from plaguing their kingdom in an eternal winter. This is pretty much the definition of a Day 1 purchase and a great example of how great Disney films can still be.
American Hustle – Academy voters may not have been as enthralled with David O. Russell’s latest as they were his 2012 award darling, “Silver Linings Playbook,” but this look at a con man (Christian Bale) and his partner (Amy Adams) forced to work for a risk-taking FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) is one of 2013’s best films. It’s another easy recommendation and one that’s definitely worth picking up this week.
Saving Mr. Banks – A presumptive Oscar-bait film that some say was snubbed, but it just wasn’t good enough to compete in a stacked field. The story is a Disney-friendly account of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) attempting to get P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to sign off on the film rights to “Mary Poppins” as she recalls pivotal moments of her childhood. Thompson and Hanks are fantastic as you’d expect, but the movie is never as charming as the filmmakers think and comes across a bit too calculated and manipulative.