This week – The Force strikes back as The Rise Of Skywalker climbs back into 4th, Bad Boys For Life loses its grip at the top and 1917 returns to the Number 1 spot
‘How ’bout you Bandit, got them ears on son?’. I hope he does so he can join me in welcoming you once more to the rundown of what you, the public have been watching in your own homes over the past seven days. The lockdown continues to bite but at last, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. The home entertainment industry has been a roaring success over these bleak months and will continue to prosper as usual but now it is almost time to return to our visits to the cinema, to see what will be lining our shelves a few months down the line. This week sees the entry of two new titles making their way into the top ten and with a certain reluctance, ‘The Gentlemen‘ and ‘Bombshell‘ vacate their positions inside the best sellers and depart for the nether regions of the chart. And so, let’s get this movable feast underway.
Climbing up a place to return to the top of the chart after a brief one week stay in the second position, we welcome back ‘1917‘ as our brand new number one. Sam Mendes’ film, a cinematography marvel has managed to return to its former position. A harrowing tale of friendship and loss set during the first world war, the film seems to have struck a chord with the home audience and continues to entertain the adults at home.
After entering the chart last week as a new entry at the top of the chart, this week ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ seems to have run a bit low on chart ammunition as it slips a place to become our new number two movie. Once again, the double-teaming of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence has proven to be a successful partnership. The film garnered the best reviews of all of the ‘Bad Boys‘ movies and was thought to be the closing chapter for the franchise that has run since the 1990s. Box Office money talks louder though and a fourth film is already in the planning stages.
Holding firm at number three and continuing to enchant young children and their families (and at least one of the FOTF team), ‘Onward‘ continues to sell and rent well. The lovable elven brothers, voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, have hung around the top three places for the past few weeks and it seems that they will be going nowhere for quite a while yet. The animated Disney film seems to be on course to become a family favorite.
The Force has been restored somewhat as ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ rises once more, this week by two places to become this week’s number four best seller. The final chapter in the Skywalker saga that started 43 years ago once again split the fanbase down the middle but it cannot be denied that the film has struck a chord with the buying public and has defied the odds to continue to hold firm to a top ten chart placing.
Rounding out this week’s top five biggest sellers, we find Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the classic novel ‘Little Women‘ which drops a place to become this week’s number five. Unfairly denied an Oscar Nomination for best director, Gerwig’s film has defied the snubs and continues to bring joy to the home audience. With great performances from Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh, the film has quite rightly become a roaring success and should hopefully open the way for Gerwig to go on to become a leading director in years to come. And believe me when I say she deserves to.
We start our look at the bottom half of the chart by welcoming in our first new entry of the week. It is with a heartfelt hello as we greet Harrison Ford and ‘The Call Of The Wild‘ into the top ten. Based on the classic novel by Jack London, the film will enchant viewers of all ages as well as giving the world yet another top-quality performance by Ford. The film didn’t set box office tills ringing upon its release cinematically in February but it still deserves to be seen and enjoyed.
Scratching and clawing its way into the chart as our second and final new entry into this week’s top ten movies in the seventh-placed position, we get our hands ready to stroke ‘Cats‘. Now, I don’t honestly think there is anything I can say or add about the film except perhaps tell you that it is, of course, the big-screen adaptation of the long-running West End Musical and boasts the talents of amongst others Idris Elba, James Cordon, Taylor Swift, Dame Judy Dench, Rebel Wilson, and Sir Ian McKellen. I will be kind and say that the songs and tunes contained within the film are outstanding. I shall leave any further comments to you, the viewers as some of you may enjoy it. If you do, please feel free to tell us about your experience with it and how in your eyes it is underrated and unfairly derided. I, however, will remain tight-lipped over it. But your comments will be extremely welcome as a differing opinion.
Dropping a solitary place to become this week’s eighth biggest seller, once again Elsa and her friends sing their hearts out as ‘Frozen II‘ continues it’s run inside the top ten.
Hitting the pause button as it remains locked in the ninth position this week, we find Dwayne Johnson and company hanging out in ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘
Propping up the chart down in the tenth and final place in this week’s countdown and dropping five places, we find the completely brilliant and highly enjoyable ‘Jojo Rabbit‘.
Becoming available to Download and Keep from this coming Monday, we welcome Robert Downey Jr in his first post-Avengers film as ‘Doolittle‘ makes its bow. Please forgive me this but the title of the film seems quite apt as the film did little business upon its release at the cinema. The film was critically derided and was described as one of the worst films that we will see in 2020. Now, I cannot comment on the quality of the film as I haven’t seen it but what I will say is that from the trailers I saw, the film looks visually stunning and something that will entrance children of all ages and will be a perfect family movie to sit and watch together. Plus Downey Jr is always brilliant in his performances and rarely takes a misstep. Maybe the critics judged the film on the Rex Harrison musical from many years ago in which case, I think it is a totally unfair comparison. They did the same thing with the Eddie Murphy remake and couldn’t see that the films were, pardon the pun, totally different animals. Perhaps they did the same thing with Downey Jr’s film. However, I shall see the film someday and will be better informed as to its quality then.
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So, once again, over to you, dear viewers. What do YOU think will make the grade next week? Will ‘1917‘ continue its battle and remain locked at the top of the chart? Will the ‘Bad Boys‘ reload and shoot their way back up the chart? Will ‘Onward‘ finally make an onward journey and claim the honors? Will ‘Call Of The Wild‘ heed the call and come out of the wilderness to become king of the mountain? Or will ‘Cats‘ scratch, bite and claw their way up to the top of the tree?
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, look after each other, and happy viewing!
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!