‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ on way to break multiple box office records and now already grossed over USD 1 billion worldwide. Also movie review for ‘The Danish Girl’ and ‘Steve Jobs’ (2015)


Everyone is already expecting it; the latest Star Wars movie is going to break multiple box office records in history worldwide. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ which had just premiered less than two weeks ago had now made over USD 1 billion in worldwide grossing. It is now the 24th film to join the prestigious 1-billion club along with other past 23 movies. It crossed over the milestone in only 12 days, which is also the fastest movie to do so, overtaking the previous record held by another movie this year, Jurassic World that made it in 13 days. This seventh installment in the Star Wars film franchise also broke several other notable box office records like the biggest opening worldwide at a whopping USD 529 million.

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But how far will it go in its final box office intake? I’m expecting a minimum of USD 1.8 billion, which is more than enough to become the highest grossing film released in 2015. The current movie that sits at the top for 2015 is Jurassic World at USD 1.6 billion. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ had not even opened yet in China, the world’s second largest market for movies and had already made over a billion and the movie is still performing very strong in cinemas worldwide. On the other hand, the movie is the fifth movie this year that made over USD 1 billion respectively and it made 2015 the year with most number of films achieving that milestone. In the end, it is almost assured that it will be the world’s third highest grossing film and may even climb over ‘Titanic’ for No.2 spot if it does obtained over USD 2 billion in the end. Most have seen this movie, but I have actually not. I guess I’m in the very minority group who is not that concerned to watch it quick but I will do so soon. I’m not a Star Wars’ fans and so I’m not that hyped or excited for it. Will watch it later.

In the meantime, I have watched two movies today. First is ‘The Danish Girl’. It is a movie directed by Tom Hooper and starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander about a love story sets in mid 1920s between a Danish couple, Einar and Gerda. Einar slowly turned into a female named Lili to his interest while his wife, Gerda had been very supportive of him and his decision later on to become one of the first people to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. This is a love story inspired by the real life of Danish painters of the same names. The story is a very moving and an emotional one. Eventhough some criticized the story for being too safe, but I think it’s engaging enough with the heavy emotions brought upon from the movie. The performances by the two leads, Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander are excellent. They brought life to the movie, and they are more than deserving to be nominated in various film awards recently for their exquisite roles here. Eddie Redmayne who had just won an Oscars for best actor this year from his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in film ‘The Theory of Everything’ shined again in another transformative role here while Alicia Vikander is a breakout actress everyone is paying attention to right now. The cinematography and the score are also very beautiful. Generally, I think the movie had a beautiful and a moving story of a timely subject matter that is topped with superb performances by the two leads. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Danish Girl’ a total of 7.8.

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Next movie is ‘Steve Jobs’. It is a biographical drama film directed by Danny Boyle and starred Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, etc. It is based on the life of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs (portrayed by Fassbender). While I have to praise for the brilliant script by Aaron Sorkin, I’m not engaged to the whole story development which is divided into three different acts, each leading up to a key product launches by Steve Jobs. I find that there are plenty of uninteresting dialogues everywhere and I couldn’t appreciate the ‘complexity’ behind it. I’m also not appealed to the way the story focused on how annoying and unfriendly Steve Jobs was. At least in ‘The Social Network’, they treated Mark Zuckerberg with an interesting depth but not for this Steve Jobs movie. However, Michael Fassbender delivered a very good performance as the titular role. Kate Winslet is also not bad for her supporting role here. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Steve Jobs’ a total of 7.0 only. I’m not that happy with the way the movie is presented that I think had slightly failed to capture this man in a way that it should be.

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(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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