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The Week In Movies

The week started with a Hollywood rarity: a trailer that felt fresh and original. The first look at Mortal Engines, produced by Peter Jackson, painted a steampunk world that had nothing to do with focus groups or toy spin-offs. Based on Phillip Reeve’s novel, it depicts a dystopian future where sprawling metropolis move around on huge wheels swallowing up smaller townships for resources. It has the epic feel of The Lord Of The Rings with a no-holds barred aesthetic of Mad Max. It also features legendary bad guys Hugo Weaving and Stephen Lang in the same movie, which is not to be sniffed at.

Other trailers to land this week included the all female Ocean’s 11 reboot Ocean’s 8 featuring (deep breathe) Sandra Bullock (playing Danny Ocean’s sister), Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Karling, Awkfina, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Sarah Paulson. Yet the trailer received the most attention over one dude. James Corden turned up in a blink and you’ll miss it appearance, sparking a Twitter-storm around his ubiquity. James, just best stick to the talks shows, insurance ads, Carpool Karaoke, awards hosting….

It was even rumoured Corden had a cameo in the The Last Jedi but he didn’t. Episode VIII continued its world domination earning over $500,000 globally in under a week. It earned more than Justice League’s entire domestic take in just 4 days. Other SW things to emerge this week included the news a Last Jedi Easter egg started life in Rogue One: Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso is looking for the Death Star blueprints on the planet Scarif, she finds a file for hyperspace tracking. Which if you’ve seen The Last Jedi, you’ll know is a key First Order tactic against the Resistance. Thankfully for the rebellion, it seems to have taken them over 40 years to develop it.

Film faux pas of the week. Veteran critic Rex Reed of The New York Observer reviewed Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water and credited it to Benicio del Toro (spelling it Benecio). He also forgot to mention co-writer Vanessa Taylor and described it Sally Hawkins’ mute protagonist as “mentally handicapped”. To add insult to injury, he even got the star rating wrong giving it one star.

In happier news, a Christmas miracle came true. Earlier this year, @AtomicWick sent a tweet out into the universe asking for an Addams Family remake directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Oscar Isaac and Eva Green. Well, this week, a third of the dream came true. Isaac has been cast as Gomez Addams in an animated version of the Goth-com directed by Sausage Party’s Conrad Vernon. Paging Eva Green…