By Jarrett Theberge
As the holidays approach, Hollywood steps on the gas with the release of highly anticipated films.
“Midway,” with its star-studded, ensemble cast, tells the story of the epic Battle of Midway. The decisive United States victory in the naval battle that was fought with aircraft carrier-based planes helped turn the tide of World War II in the Pacific theatre. “Midway” opens on 8 November.
The biographical drama, “Ford v. Ferrari,” features fast cars and an A-List cast. Matt Damon and Christian Bale team up to test the boundaries of automotive science in this 1960s period piece that opens on 15 November. The film tells the story of the desire of Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca to establish Ford Motor Company in the auto racing industry by unseating Ferrari’s dominance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car endurance race.
Later in the month, when families in the United States gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, the content shifts towards children and families.
Have your kids finally let it go and stopped singing “Let it Go” after six years? No matter — Disney Animation follows up its 2013 monster hit “Frozen” with a sequel this month that is sure to provide more earworms for you and the family. “Frozen 2” opens at Camana Bay Cinema on 22 November.
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is set to release on 22 November as well, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Tom Hanks puts his reputation as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood to the test as he takes on the role of one of television’s nicest guys, Fred Rogers. For more than 33 years between 1968 and 2001, Rogers created more than 900 episodes of the classic children’s television programme, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” for which he was the host.
Do you remember “Babe?” You know, the wholesome Oscar-nominated 1995 movie about a pig who helps save his farm and friends by herding sheep. What if you took everything that made that film what it was and did the complete opposite? You would get the 1998 sequel, “Babe: Pig in the Big City,” playing as part of the Kids Club Saturday morning feature on 9 November. This movie is nothing like its predecessor and you may find yourself wondering why it was ever made as a sequel. But because of that, it’s an absolute joy of a film to watch, an opinion shared by famed film critic, the late Roger Ebert, who said it was “more magical than the original ‘Babe.'”
This article originally appeared in the November 2019 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline “Planes, pigs and automobiles”.