“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale
I love this quote; it reminds me of the magic of the movies and their ability to make the world softer and more beautiful than we know it to be. The big screen world offers a much-needed escape from life’s harsh realities. Possibilities abound. The Hobbit (takes us on) An Unexpected Journey, blending fantasy and authenticity, promising to leave entertainment and escapism in his path. The Guilt Trip, opening this week, takes us on another detour from practicality, albeit a more comedic one. This is 40, debuting this weekend, ironically provides more than 40 laughs at reality, poking fun at life’s mundane and often amusing moments. Last but not least, Jack Reacher, through the star power of Tom Cruise, hopes to reach massive audiences looking for imaginary action and adventure.
How will these latest lighthearted trips from the real world fare in the reel world against the Rise of the Guardians, who plan on protecting their animated turf through the holidays (and beyond, thanks to the mystical world of DVDs?) The Hobbit’s Journey is far from over, but what about Lincoln, who traveled all the way from the Civil War era to compete? Lest we forget The Twilight Saga gang, who refuse to go quietly into that good night. All of our characters came to play, not everybody will win. Who will be the winners at the box office this weekend?
With Santa getting ready for his one day of work, the stars (and studio executives) are working overtime to make the season even brighter from seaside days to starry nights…