Sunday, November 27, 2011
Here Comes the Family (Films)
This is a great time to go to the movies if you've got families. "The Muppets" was released to great critical acclaim and has re-introduced the characters in a way that means they'll be coming back in a big way after the dust settles with this film. "Arthur Christmas" was released to great critical acclaim and is poised to become a new holiday classic for many families. And Martin Scoresese's "Hugo" was released to great critical acclaim and is hailed as one of the best films of the year. In fact, these three films are three of the best reviewed films of the year. I know, I was sort of surprised too. We're lucky to get one great family film a YEAR (much less three in a WEEK)!
So people have wondered that since the reviews are great, where do these films stand with Oscar? Well, "Arthur Christmas" is officially the front-runner to win Best Animated Feature. Provided that Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" doesn't pull a surprise win, I think this is the one to beat. "The Muppets" will get a Best Song nomination for "Pictures in My Head," but I think the witty screenplay has a chance of being nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay as well. As for "Hugo"...well folks, this is the big one. I think "Hugo" will be running in the race for Best Picture. Word-of-mouth is going to make this film a sensation. The 3D may wake the Academy up and make them realize this style of film making needs its own award.
Despite being pretty reliable, Scoresese is an underdog because he's directing a family film instead of a gritty drama (the Academy loves underdog stories). Finally though, this is a movie (as Sasha Stone constantly reminds us) is a movie the Academy could just "like." The trick to winning in this race is to be a movie that everyone can like (if not outright love), and in this respect "Hugo" has a lot going for it. Either way, ignoring the Oscar race altogether, this is rare time when family films are plentiful in theaters, and parents need to take advantage of this because who knows when this much quality family entertainment will just fall into our laps again?