Well this will be emotional.
With rumors circulating that Walt Disney Pictures is interested in a Rocketeer reboot, we here at the Kibitz knew exactly what we had to do! Especially with the box office success of the of the Iron Man franchise, it makes total sense why they want a piece of the flying superhero pie. As with their other films of late, hopefully the creative minds at Disney will have a slightly darker, more adult, take on the original 1991 film. So without further ado, here’s our remake of the high-flying, Nazi-fighting, American hero.
Well I’m sure you knew it was only a matter of time before we moved on to another epic superhero series that will surely become another blockbuster juggernaut in the years to come. It was tricky task compiling enough footage for The Justice League and their enemy Doomsday. It took some time but it’s not like we have anything better to do anyway. Besides, we had to do something while we wait for our royalty check from Marvel for making the The Avengers such a success with our fan-made trailer. Let’s see if we can do the same thing for DC Comics.
HEADHUNTERS comes to America from Norway, led by a great cast, starring Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) as Roger, a charming scoundrel and Norway’s most accomplished headhunter. Roger is living a life of luxury well beyond his means (struggling with his house payments) by stealing art to subsidize his expensive lifestyle. When his beautiful gallery owner wife (Diana) introduces him to a former mercenary in the possession of an extremely valuable painting, he decides to risk it all to get his hands on it, and in doing so discovers something which makes him a hunted man. The film is based off the best-selling thriller by author Jo Nesbo from 2008, which I will now be reading.
‘Headhunters’ starts with a light, comedic opening – narrated by our main character, Roger. He explains his situation, how to go about stealing art, tracking your man, and living basically a false life. This light opening surrounding serious events reminded me of a Coen brother’s film; reminiscent of ‘Burn After Reading’.
After finding out a friend of his wife has a priceless piece of art worth hundreds of millions, Roger sets in motion a plan that triggers a quick and drastic change in the film. The story picks up very quick and a series of events unfold that leave the audience on the edge of their seat, while still blending in comedic elements. The film has a few gory scenes, however if you get through Coen films, you can get through this.
With regards to the cast, they are perfect. An example of this is even though you KNOW Roger is a thief; you still connect with him and find yourself rooting for him. The supporting cast does an excellent job, specifically Roger’s wife Diana. The antagonist throughout the film is a former military specialist (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who will be recognized by ‘Game of Thrones’ fans as Jaime Lannister. And director Morten Tyldum manages to tie the story together while not losing the audience.
Overall, this movie is fantastic – I would put it on a must-see for everyone (especially before Hollywood remakes it). The story is written perfectly, with a fantastic ending that will make you want to watch it again (I know I want to). It walks the fine line of violence with comedy, and does it perfectly. Make sure you get to E Street Theater in DC when this one comes out next week for a limited time!
Kibitzer’s Rating: 5 out of 5
It’s been a while since we’ve had a Kibitzer’s exclusive fan-made trailer. This time we’re looking back to our childhoods to relive a classic film that taught you to never stop dreaming (that or some clever propaganda teaching kids the importance of reading). Either way, Orlando Bloom is now a grown-up Bastian Balthazar Bux who once again stumbles upon The Neverending Story. He learns that the terrible Nothing (and his servant G’mork) are back and plaguing Fantasia once again. Now Bastian must save the world (and the empress) that he loves so much.
While taking a break from filming World War Z to promote his upcoming film Machine Gun Preacher, director Marc Forster was asked by MTV about the challenges of adapting Max Brooks’ novel to the big screen. SlashFilm posted the interview HERE.
As they point out, fan reaction to the news that the film is taking a major change of course from the book has not been good. But Forster maintains that they are keeping the “spirit” of the book the same. Although he did admit that he expects more “conversation” from fans (a.k.a. relentless complaining on the Internet) about his choice of zombie movement. Forster hints that not all zombies may be slow, decrepit corpses but rather could be the wild, fast infected from films like 28 Days Later or the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake. This leaked video from the set could show us what to expect:
So while to diehard fans World War Z will most likely join the ranks of “not as good as the book” films, all the hype surrounding a movie that isn’t due out until December 2012 has got to leave Forster and his producers with a good feeling.
Until then, there’s always The Kibitzers’s Fan-Made World War Z Trailer to keep fans a critics occupied:
Mashup trailer time! Thank you bored Andrew Smith. Can you tell which game is which?