On the Rocks is one of those pleasant and relatively easy viewing experiences you look for every now and then. It’s the story of Laura (Rashida Jones), a young mother who’s reconnecting with her larger-than-life playboy father (Bill Murray).
Written/directed by Sofia Coppola, I enjoyed the father-daughter relationship between Murray and Jone’s characters most. I also appreciated the New York setting, a place I’ve rarely hesitated to visit; plus Marlon Wayans’s performance in a non-comedy role.
Overall, I can’t say that I love On the Rocks completely. But it does have some very well written scenes you can enjoy. I found it most fun during the first two thirds. It’s just unfortunate that in the final third, I started to lose interest a little, in part because I just wanted the truth to be confirmed already and for the ending to have been more satisfying, dramatically speaking. Another lowlight of the final third is the non-committal attempts Jones and Murray’s characters made to turn off the ringing phone in Mexico.
Luckily, something did stand out in a good way towards the end. And that is the beautiful, well-lit shot of Jones’s character sporting a yellow dress while walking past a bonfire on the beach.
If you’re curious, save On the Rocks for when the mood for an entertaining and easy viewing experience hits.
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2 thoughts on “ON THE ROCKS (2020): The Things I Liked…”
Murray is cool, I’ll do it. My favorite Rashida Jones movie will probably always be the comedy she’s in with Paul Rudd.
IT’s called Love You, Man. Love that one too. 🤓