This was a refreshing take on the revenge genre. It didn’t glorify revenge like a lot of films do, and instead offered a more realistic and practical look at it. I really liked that the main character wasn’t badass or even really competent, making lots of mistakes. I thought the beginning of the film was really strong - it had great direction, with lots of nice, moody shots. But I don’t think they maintained this in the second half. It’s definitely worth watching, but probably not one that will stay in my mind.
This film is about four strangers who meet when attempting suicide at the same time. It’s a fairly contrived premise, but it could have been saved by some clever writing. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is just as contrived. The dialogue isn’t natural in the slightest, and the structure doesn’t quite work. It has a pretty good cast, and they give fine performances, but they’re not strong enough to get past how basic their characters are. It’s fairly harmless, but I was left bored.
When you’ve got such classy actors as Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer, you know you’ll probably see something special. Connery and Caine work really well together. This film wasn’t amazing, but it was well-made and entertaining. I did think it was a little too long, though. It’s a good story about greed and ambition, and a nice companion piece to the director’s earlier film, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
I thought 21 Jump Street (2012) was intensely overrated - not nearly as funny or likable as everyone said it was. Therefore, my expectations for this sequel weren’t terribly high. I think those low expectations had a lot to do with me enjoying this one more. It was by no means great, but it didn’t bother me as much as the first one. It did make me laugh a few times. A lot of these were because of Jillian Bell, who I’m not familiar with, but am now a fan of. The credits sequence was also fun. Jonah Hill is good, but I still think Channing Tatum is an uncharismatic meathead. The self-aware comedy was nowhere near as clever as it thought it was, and got irritating after a while. The plot’s nothing interesting, and neither are the characters, but the film had its charms. Still, I think the directors should stick to animated films like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and The Lego Movie (2014).
I kind of wanted to dislike this film, with all its emotional manipulation and the tired plot of a rich white person and a poor black guy person making a connection. But damn it, it was so charming that it won me over. The two leads give wonderful and heartfelt performances, and have great chemistry together. The story isn’t anything really new or extraordinary. The charm really all comes from the characters. Even though it has its problems, it’s a movie that will please a lot of people, and there can’t be anything too wrong with that.
Yeah, the negative reviews of this film have been largely correct. It’s bland, stupid, and damn boring. The direction is very paint-by-numbers and, at times, straight-up bad. Not to mention the painfully slow pacing and incomprehensible editing. There are some decent ideas about technology and artificial intelligence hidden in the story somewhere, but it’s buried underneath an uninspired script. The characters are totally flat and their actions make no sense. Even great actors like Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman can’t - sorry - transcend a bad script like this. The movie thinks it’s smart, but it’s not. It’s just bad. I say avoid it.