Holiday Movie Review with Louie Gravance
It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means, food, fun, family time and NEW movies! Thanksgiving and Christmas often mean big box office hits, and there’s no better person to tell us the winners and losers of this season than Louie Gravance. Of course, not only is Louie our go-to movie expert, he’s also a leading keynote speaker in customer service and customer experience. As a former Disney Institute professor, Gravance is literally changing the consciousness of business in America through his speaking and consulting skills. Louie teaches his audiences that “good service serves the server first” and that in service, “it’s not what you’re willing to do, but what you’re willing to BE that matters.” Combined with his thoughtful and often comedic presentation, Louie Gravance is definitely a home run hit for your next customer service training. To book Louie Gravance, contact Executive Speakers Bureau at (901) 754-9404. But now, on with the show!
The three biggest, burning questions about the upcoming holiday movie season are:
- Will Wonder Woman have the strength to save Batman and Superman from franchise fatigue?
- Will enough people come out to get one, last, heartfelt look at Princess Leia to skyrocket STAR WARS-THE LAST JEDI to the highest box office gross of the year?
- Will enough people come out to get a look at Thor’s new hairdo?
Trust me, Vegas odds on all three questions is a decided YES. Don’t expect a lot of artsy, edgy movies like MOONLIGHT or LA LA LAND. Nope, not this year. We’re talking mainly cartoons and comic books this holiday season so, earplugs in and buckle up y’all. My inner “Loudinni” predicts…
- THOR-RAGNAROK. Expect the third installment of the freshly coiffed Thor (with buddy Hulk) to be the most successful of the series. The trailer promises a fresh take with a lot of color and laughs.
- COCO. Pixar’s long labored effort to bring the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) to the screen. Five solid years. Pixar doesn’t spend that kind of time and money unless they really have confidence in the product and the artwork is unique and stunningly beautiful. Disney must be slightly concerned about its global appeal so they’ve added a FROZEN “featurette” at the beginning.
- THE GREATEST SHOWMAN. Hugh Jackman plays P.T. Barnum in this original musical featuring Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. If this is as good as it looks it’ll clean up, if for no other reason than it’s the ONLY big budgeted movie aimed at families this Christmas except…
- STAR WARS-THE LAST JEDI. Forget about it. Printing cash. I’m there. You’re there. We’re all there.
- SUBURBICON. The Cohen brothers bring us a dark and lurid exploration of suburban life, directed by George Clooney and starring…most of his friends. Critics might adore it—no one’s going.
- I TONYA. A dark and lurid treatise on the time Olympic ice skater, Tonya Harding, had Nancy Kerrigan’s knee cracked right before her big shot at the gold. No one’s gonna see this.
- GOTTI. John Travolta and various hairpieces bring to life famed mob boss, John Gotti in this dark and lurid—oh forget about it. I’m not there. You’re not there. Nobody’s there for this.
James Franco’s THE DISASTER ARTIST, about the making of one of the worst movies ever made has incredible buzz and the preview looks very promising. Alexander Payne’s DOWNSIZING could, possibly, be the major studio release to get Oscar nominations. Quite a pedigree and it’s got Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon being part of a shrunken civilization experiment. The remake of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS and the very, very splendidly fanciful THE SHAPE OF WATER, about alien love, might hit.
But the biggest and riskiest gamble will be on D.C. Comic’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. These folks haven’t been as successful as the think-tank over at Marvel. If this movie bombs it will mean literally BILLIONS of dollars lost in halted spin-offs. However, I underestimated what Wonder Woman could do this summer and I won’t make that mistake again. My money is on her this time.
Happy Holidays Y’all!