So we know that you’re probably already going to see one movie this weekend, but if you can stop yourself from rewatching “The Avengers” on loop, we have a few recommendations based on the week’s other releases.
Check out this week’s Double Feature Friday!
“The Avengers” & “Speed”
The undisputed hero of the weekend has to be writer/director Joss Whedon. This weekend, the creator of such shows as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly” repaid his fans who never doubted him and the Marvel fanboys who stayed with the movies all the way. But Whedon has been doing some low-key movie work for years. As an uncredited but often cited credit on his resume, his re-write on “Speed” stands out as a great piece of work. Whedon rewrote most of the dialogue, adding in many of the quips that made the movie such a memorable staple of 90s action movies. “Pop quiz, hotshot.” It makes more sense the more you think about it.
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” & “The Debt”
In the counter programming category, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” has the right idea by assembling some of Britain’s most esteemed older actors and shipping them off to India to not understand things. That film’s director, John Madden, is best known for the Best Picture shocker, “Shakespeare In Love,” but two years ago, he put together a spy thriller starring Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain. The under-seen “The Debt” had a difficult time finding an audience, coming out in August between the summer and fall movie seasons, after almost a year of delays. “The Debt” is a solid addition to a genre that sadly doesn’t get much play anymore.
“LOL” & “The Avengers”
Let’s get real for a second. There are only three notable releases this weekend. One is “The Avengers.” The other requires an AARP card to gain admission. If you’re in the target demo for the Miley Cyrus vehicle, “LOL,” do yourself a favor and see “The Avengers” instead. You might not know this, but Joss Whedon has your back. He essentially wrote the book on modern teenage woman empowerment, so instead of watching Miley get annoyed that her mom is totally lame, learn from the likes of Black Widow and Maria Hill about how it’s done.
What are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!
If one movie is never enough for you and you’re looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week’s new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.