Captain America: Civil War was the juggernaut we all knew it was going to be. Billions of dollars already in the bank for Disney & Marvel with no signs of stopping during the second week. The box office isn’t shutting down or clearing a path for Cap. Someone has to step up and take the charge.
George? Julia? You’re up.
What Is Money Monster About (via Wikipedia)? Financial TV personality Lee Gates, who offers up stock advice on his hit show “Money Monster”, is held hostage by a viewer, Kyle Budwell, who lost all of his money, following a bad tip from Lee during his show.
I don’t know if Money Monster will be any good. On paper it looks like it should be: George Clooney and Julia Roberts together again in a non-Ocean’s capacity, Jodie Foster directing, greed and those who are greediest as the main villains, the size, and scope of the New York Financial markets, etc. There is something there.
The bigger question here is are George Clooney and Julia Roberts still movie stars? I love their work dearly, but cannot for the life of me remember the last time a movie either actor was in that turned heads or made money.
Clooney’s last five movies are: Hail, Caesar!, Tomorrowland, The Monuments Men, Gravity, and The Descendants.
Of those five, two were successful at the box office and only one, The Descendants, was really a George Clooney movie– the critical, financial, or cultural success of Gravity lays squarely on the shoulders of Sandra Bullock.
Roberts’ last five movies are: Mother’s Day, Secrets in their Eyes, August: Osage County, Mirror, Mirror, and Larry Crowne.
Of those five, August: Osage County garnered a fair amount of Award show buzz both for Roberts and Meryl Streep while everything else was pretty forgettable. I didn’t realize Mother’s Day was a movie until the day before actual Mother’s Day and even then it was a week after the movie had debuted.
Both Clooney and Roberts are icons of 90’s and early 2000’s entertainment. Arguably, in their primes, there were no actors better at movies stars than these two. Ocean’s 11 was an absolute beast due largely in part due to their involvement.
But eventually, a few miles drop off the fastball. Maybe Money Monster will be a return to form… but I doubt it. Not when there are 12 superheroes demolishing each other available at the same price in the theater next door.