There are a bunch of new movies coming out, but some of them feel a little old hat. Nowadays, there has been a movement towards “freshness” and everything that is unique. People want to be challenged, to a point and then they have to think too much. Blame it on Inception, but any way you look at it this trend has started and has permeated our popular culture. Movies have definitely been affected and there are some that are coming out soon or are already out that fit that category.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower definitely is in that category. The movie is based on the same titled novel written by Stephen Chbosky. It revolves around a freshman who is adopted by two seniors at his high school who want to show him the world. He falls in love with one of them and tries to deal with that in addition to plenty of other problems. It is a modern take on the tried and true “coming of age” type of movie and really deals with issues that many adolescents are also.
The new movie from Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom, practically defines this category. It is just as quirky as his other movies, if anything it is more so. Endearing is a word that comes to mind when thinking of this movie. The movie takes place in the 1960’s small town in New England. Two adolescents fall in love and run away together which shocks the whole town. Everything is turned upside down and that could turn out to be a positive change for everyone in it. With a great cast including Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and the fantastic Bill Murray how can it not be great? Also, Jason Schwartzman is in it and he was a voice of one of the foxes in The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is also a great fit in this category. It is fresh and deals with an all star cast. The credits will include big names like Judi Dench, tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Dev Patel. Everyone works well with each other and the casting is superb. It is about “outsourcing” the elderly. These retirees head to India where the rent is cheaper and the people happier. They embark on adventures and either love or hate the culture. It also deals with the struggle of aging and how hard it is. This is one of those movies that hits close to home but can still leave you in stitches.
Other movies that are either out or are coming out are The Intouchables, Les Misérables, and Gone. These all have a different feel but they are different enough that they spice up the cinematic world and leave it spinning when they leave the theaters. Big blockbusters come and go, like the Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games but these movies are the unsung heroes of the movie industry. They are funny, sad, and every other emotion under the sun and touch us each differently. Theaters would not be the same without them, they can really surprise you and make you think about the world in ways that you never thought you would.