The 2013 summer box-office season has already seen plenty of showdowns at the box-office, but the weekend of June 21st could ultimately be forever known as the time when monsters ruled the cinema. Whether it’s a zombie apocalypse or lovable creatures that make a living on scaring young children, this weekend boasts two major releases targeted at different audiences.
First up is World War Z, headlined by superstar actor Brad Pitt (Se7en) and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Based on the novel by Max Brooks, Pitt plays a United Nations employee trying to stop a zombie pandemic breaking out across the globe while also protecting his family. Directed by Marc Forster (Quantam Of Solace) and produced by Pitt’s Plan B company, War Z contains a massive $200 million budget and has had its fair share of turbulence in getting to the screen.
After gruelling re-shoots and changes to the script, Pitt has recently gone on an impressive marketing campaign for the film, boldly following it around the world at special screenings and supporting its blockbuster entertainment quality. In other words, if the main star is that proud, then you have to consider that there is legitimacy to the experience. Although audiences have seen similar fare over the years (i.e. I Am Legend, 28 Days Later, The Walking Dead), World War Z has the potential to be a scary and enthralling ride at the movies. The film is rated 14A for frightening scenes and graphic violence.
On the other end of the spectrum is Monsters University, a prequel to the beloved Pixar/Disney animated hit Monsters Inc. from over a decade ago. Before they were best friends and co-workers that scared human children at night in order to power their city, monsters Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) were adversaries and competitors while attending university together to learn the art of scaring.
The film returns to a family-friendly universe that fans have been demanding to return to after the first film delivered a complete package of laughs, animation and excellent chemistry among the voice cast (which includes Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi). Also on board for the prequel is Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren (The Queen). Monsters University is rated G for all audiences and serves as an excellent choice for a complete family outing at the multiplex.
World War Z and Monsters University will be playing at Cineplex Odeon First Markham Place Cinemas for local Markham residents.