Quite the mix of movies opening in Rockford this weekend. First, we’ve got a big-budget epic about mythology starring Mickey Rourke (wha?) and an ad campaign that seems solely focused on the fact that the movie is opening on 11/11/11. The last movie that tried that stunt was “The Omen” remake back on 6/6/06, and I think we all know how that worked out. (You don’t remember “The Omen” remake? My point exactly.)
Then there’s “J. Edgar,” a big, juicy slice of Oscar bait if there ever was one, with a Hollywood legend (Clint Eastwood) behind the camera, a Hollywood mega-star (Leonardo DiCaprio) in front of the camera and an American icon (late FBI chief and reputed women’s wear aficicionado J. Edgar Hoover) as its focus. Trouble is, the reviews are decidedly so-so, which means its Oscar chances aren’t looking too good right about now.
And last — and least — there’s the latest Adam Sandler “comedy” “Jack and Jill,” which not only features Sandler mugging it up as both a guy and his hideously deformed sister, but offers the chance to see once respected actor Al Pacino embarrass himself by playing the love interest to Sandler’s monstrous twin. Claw out your eyes while you have the chance.