Imran H. Khan
This week, Will Ferrell's latest comedy Blades of Glory managed to find its way to the top of the box office list at Hollywood. The movie revolves around the wonderful world of figure skating, a sports that once was the amalgamation of athleticism and grace, of skill and sportsmanship. The skating realm is an elegant world, a rarefied universe, a noble place populated by the crème de la crème of skating elite. Well, it used to be that way. When the macho, swaggering Chazz Michael Michaels takes to the rink, he is the rock star of the arena, leaving a trail of thrashed ice and shrieking female fans in his wake. The only competitor who can match Michaels' scores is the driven former child prodigy, Jimmy MacElroy. Spotted as a youth executing triple lutzes on the frozen pond of an orphanage, MacElroy was whisked away to days of endless training, and now stands as the picture of poise, the personification of the highest ideals of the men's sport. Michaels and MacElroy have met in finals rounds before, but their latest head-to-head at the World Championships--when they tie for first--is more than either one can bear, and their longstanding rivalry erupts into a no-holds-barred fight. The ensuing brawl not only sets fire to the World Championship's helpless mascot, but lands both athletes in hot water: Chazz and Jimmy are called before the sport's governing board, stripped of their gold medals and banned from the sport for life. Now, three-and-a-half years later, both men are still trying to find their way in a world without competitive skating. Michaels has devolved into a drunken party machine, skating as a costumed evil wizard in a kiddie ice review, and MacElroy has been banished to the shoe department of a chain sporting goods store. But then, inspiration (in the form of an over-friendly, former stalker of Jimmy's) strikes, and a loophole emerges. To skate again, all Chazz and Jimmy have to do is set aside their long festering hatred of one another and join forces--as the first male/male figure skating pair to compete in the history of the sport.
Lewis is a brilliant inventor with a surprising number of clever inventions to his credit. His latest and most ambitious project is the Memory Scanner, a machine that will help him find his birth mother so they can become a family. But before he can find her, his invention is stolen by the dastardly Bowler Hat Guy and his diabolical hat and constant companion, Doris. Lewis has all but given up hope when a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson whisks our bewildered hero away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected and unbelievable twist of fate.
Lewis is a boy genius with a love of gizmos and gadgets and an undying hope of finding the family he never knew. But Lewis' journey is about to take him to a place even he couldn't have imagined, a place where the impossible no longer exists: the future. When Lewis encounters a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, he's in for the time-travel of his life and will be whisked off to meet a family unlike any other--the sublimely fun and futuristic Robinsons--who will help him to discover a series of amazing and heartfelt secrets about his own limitless potential. But his incredible trip will also bring him into conflict with a villain who gives evil a bad name: the bungling Bowler Hat Guy, who steals Lewis' only way home.
25.1 mllion dollars at the box office in the opening week alone.
|Top at the Box Office
1. Blades of Glory
2. Meet the Robinsons
Prepare for glory.
Genre: Action / War
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Regan
Ready to Raise their Shell.
Genres: Action / Animation
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ziyi Zhang, Chris Evans
5. Wild Hogs
Four guys from the suburbs hit the road... and the road hits back.
Genre: Adventure / Comedy
Starring: John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy
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