Finding Bridezilla

2009-01-23 00:00

Three new films open in the city this week. Igor at Ster Kinekor, Bride Wars and Killshot at CineCentre, while Bolt relocates to Nu Metro.

In horror movies the stereotypical mad scientist usually has a brutish, stupid assistant named Igor which explains why, in this black comedy animated fantasy, anyone born in the town of Malaria with some kind of disfigurement ends up as a slave to their masters (mad scientists all) and they are all named Igor.

When a new king takes the throne, he decides prosperity lies in creating evil inventions that will make all the mad scientists rich. However, one Igor (voiced by John Cusack) has other ideas. Not as stupid as he looks, this Igor has managed to bring a rabbit back to life and created a robot with a human brain. His master, Dr Glickenstein, invents a rocket as his entry into the annual Evil Scientists Fair but is killed during a test run. Seizing the moment Igor keeps his master’s death a secret and enters the fair himself. The film also features the voices of Jay Leno, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon and Eddie Izzard.

Bride Wars stars Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway as two close friends who do everything together — even to the extent of getting engaged on the same day. However, when they book their wedding there is a hitch — they double book the same slot. When this comes to light, the two friends become sworn enemies as they battle for the only available slot. Also stars Candice Bergen as the über-wedding planner.

Killshot comes with a good pedigree. It stars Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke, it’s based on an Elmore Leonard novel and it’s directed by John Madden who helmed Shakespeare in Love and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. But things start to look suspicious when you find out it was shot in 2005 and is only now getting a simultaneous worldwide release after a series of test screenings and recuts.

Lane plays Carmen Colson who, along with her ironworker husband Wayne (played by Thomas Jane), is put in a witness protection programme after witnessing a killing. However, the law cannot protect them from hitman Rourke, plus a psycho killer. Decidedly a lucky dip, but also a chance to see Rourke before his award-winning comeback role in The Wrestler.

— Arts Editor.

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