|HIGH FIDELITYZOE KRAVITZ|
Before I break down my all-time top 5 reasons why you should give Hulu's High Fidelity a chance, let me tell you about how the first adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel of the same name hit me center mass back in the day. Like the remake, 2000's High Fidelity was about love, the pursuit of it, the damage left by the ones that can't or won't stay, and how the memory of them turns into fire-charred wreckage that you have to climb over or walk through just to get on with life.
The music was sick, too. Pretentious in what was and wasn't cool, but it was okay because if you paid attention and came up at a certain point you were on the right side of the divide. As Rob, an effortlessly cool Chicago record store owner shortly before the archetype got stuffed, mounted, and displayed with great prominence in 4,000 other films and TV shows, John Cusack was tortured by love lost, cynical, a dick, and perpetually surrounded by loser friends in a clubhouse filled with cool stuff — aka a slacker hero. But then things got better for Rob. Love lost was found as an addiction to first stage feelings got kicked for a truer high and he found creative purpose while still getting to hang around in the clubhouse with the stuff — a slacker's reward. In a lot of ways, the High Fidelity movie is a fairytale.
When I read that a Hulu remake was coming, I rejected possessive instincts about the original applause break but assumed that this new version couldn't make me feel the same way — not in my 30s and married with slacker herodom no longer a viable or attractive option. But now I don't know. Not after having seen the 10 episodes that makeup season one.
Here's why, presented gently with few enough spoilers to make it worth a read if you haven't seen the show yet.
5. Something vintage, something newHulu
The best covers are the ones that find a new way into the material, delivering a sense of familiarity and freshness at the same time in service to listeners old and new. That's the challenge for a remake and it's one that High Fidelity delivers on.
Zoë Kravitz' own effortlessly cool and tortured record store owner in New York and not Chicago is also named Rob Robin and her crew is, in some ways, modeled after the roles played in the film by Todd Louiso and Jack Black. Rob's past romantic failings are also echoed, but it's refreshing to see IG influencer vapidity get poked at while putting a modern spin on Catherine-Zeta Jones' self-interested climber played here by Ivanna Sakhno. The definition of the cool musician trope is also played with, swapping the original film's Lisa Bonet Kravitz' mother for Thomas Doherty, who plays a smoldering nineteen-year-old Scottish singer on a seductively exciting whirlwind.
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Zoe Kravitz says her Catwoman training for The Batman has been 'pretty intense.' The movie is currently shooting in London, but most of the cast had to be there a few months prior for pre-production training. Getting ready for a big comic book movie is a physically demanding experience for nearly everybody involved. We've already seen Robert Pattinson's stuntman crash a motorcycle, so everybody is working hard to make sure the movie is the best that it can be.
In a new interview with Roots drummer Questlove, Zoë Kravitz was asked about The Batman. The drummer specifically was curious about the training process. 'It's pretty intense,' Kravitz revealed. 'We just started shooting a couple of weeks ago, but before that, I was in London for two months, just getting in shape, training, learning fights.' Questlove then wanted to know if the actress can 'fight now?' which she replied to by saying, 'I can fight now.' There you have it. Don't mess with Zoe Kravitz.
Anne Hathaway also had to go through some intense training when she played Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. The character has to be athletic and graceful at the same time, so dance lessons and stunt training are usually done in tandem. Zoe Kravitz didn't elaborate any further about The Batman. The movie is currently shrouded in mystery, though director Matt Reeves has done an excellent job keeping fans fed with information. Earlier this week he unveiled the new Batmobile, which received a pretty divisive response on social media, which is not really a surprise.
Matt Reeves also revealed the first screen test footage of Robert Pattinson in his Batsuit, which was also very divisive. Whatever the case may be, the director is getting ahead of The Batman's inevitable set leaks. One has to wonder if Reeves will do the same with Zoe Kravitz's Catwoman, though some think we may have already gotten a tease of the character, or at least her stunt double, on a motorcycle. That has yet to be confirmed, but it was definitely a woman next to Robert Pattinson's stunt double when he crashed the bike a few weeks ago.The Batman doesn't hit theaters until June 2021, so Matt Reeves, much like James Gunn, has a lot of time to get his movie dialed in. Summer 2021 is going to be pretty massive for DC and Warner Bros. with the latest take on the Dark Knight and The Suicide Squad hitting theaters within weeks of each other. The end of the year brings Black Adam to the big screen, so the year is looking pretty bright for the studio. Additionally, it will be the comic book fans who ultimately win when both DC and Marvel are cranking out the content for the big and small screen. You can check out the interview with Zoe Kravitz over at I Heart Radio.