Category Archives: Comedy

SMALLFOOT (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum
Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum

After being told his whole life that humans don’t exist, young Yeti Migo (Channing Tatum) finds evidence to the contrary and wants all his people to know. Except that things don’t quite go as he expected.

Co-written and directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, I like the way Smallfoot flips the story of Yetis and humans by telling it from the perspective of Yetis. I also appreciated what Smallfoot had to say about the errors in the ways we tend to treat those we see as very different from us and how counterproductive the lies we tell to protect can sometimes become.

With other key cast including Zendaya, Common, Danny DeVito and James Corden, in terms of the film’s general execution, I’d say it’s somewhere between OK and OK-ish. Part of the reason is that I just didn’t find the writing as fun and good as the trailer led me to expect and hope. A part of me also wishes that Smallfoot didn’t have the musical numbers. I mean, I definitely wouldn’t have minded so much if I felt that most of the songs and singing were great. 

The moment the film had me most engaged is towards the end and during the scenes when the Yetis were being pursued. If I had to pick the most memorable moment for me in the whole film, that’s definitely when a very everyday human item is amusingly referred to as ‘the scroll of invisible wisdom.’

Watch Smallfoot if you’re very, very curious.

Happy Film Loving 

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OH, LUCY (2017): The Things I Liked…

Oh Lucy! (2017), Josh Hartnett, Shinobu Terajima

Josh Hartnett, Shinobu Terajima and Kaho Minami are the stars of Oh, Lucy!, a comedy / drama set in both Tokyo and LA. 

I’m glad to confirm that Oh, Lucy! is as fun and quirky as the trailer suggested. Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, it tells the story of a lonely Japanese woman who discovers her alter ego Lucy in an English class and ends up making some questionable decisions soon after. 

Hirayanagi’s film is amusing, smile inducing and surprising. I say ‘surprising’ because Oh, Lucy! is more unpredictable than I expected, but in a good way – in terms f the story. I enjoyed all the performances, especially the sibling relationship between Terajima and Minami’s characters. Even though Lucy gets involved in some highly questionable shenanigans, it’s the simultaneously sad and amusing dynamic in the sibling relationship that stood out most for me.

Watch it for a little something quirky and surprising. Considering the way things unfold, you’ll no doubt find out as the film plays, precisely why the title ‘Oh, Lucy!’ is so very fitting. 

Happy Film Loving 

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SPIDER-MAN – FAR FROM HOME (2019): New Trailer From Zendaya, Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal…

Spider-Man - Far From Home (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal
Spider-Man – Far From Home (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal

Starring Zendaya, Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man – Far From Home has Peter Parker and his friends in Europe on summer vacation. Then villain Mysterio shows up and disrupts everything…

Is it wrong that my favourite thing about this new trailer is seeing Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck / Mysterio? ‘Not at all’ is the correct answer, because Gyllenhaal is fantastic.

Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove, Michael Keatom, Marissa Tomei, Hemky Madera and Jacob Batalon also star.

Spider-Man – Far From Home Release Dates: July 5th, 2019 (US)…

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VELVET BUZZSAW (2019): New Trailer From Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Billy Magnussen…

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal

Dan Gilroy, the director of my favourite Jake Gyllenhaal movie Nightcrawler (2014) is back with a new crime / fantasy movie, Velvet Buzzsaw which stars Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Toni Collette and Billy Magnussen.

After a number of art lovers help themselves to a series of paintings by an unknown artist, a supernatural force enacts revenge to punish all those involved for their greed…

I’m in for Gyllenhaal’s performance and who knows, maybe I’ll love what his does in this movie as much as I appreciate his great work in Nightcrawler.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the whole experience isn’t nightmare inducing. At time of writing, Velvet Buzzsaw isn’t categorised as horror, so there is hope.

Zawe Ashton, Natalia Dyer, Rene Russo, Daveed Diggs, Peter Gadiot and Tom Sturridge also star.

Velvet Buzzsaw Release Dates: February 1st, 2019 (US & UK)…

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LITTLE (2019): New Trailer From Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Justin Hartley, Marsai Martin…

Little (2019), Regina Hall
Little (2019), Regina Hall

Written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism, Little is a new comedy starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Justin Hartley and Marsai Martin.

The story centres around a woman having difficulty with the pressures of adulthood, and somehow gets to relive the life of her younger self…

As a fan of both Rae and Hall, I’m definitely watching this one and I’m more than ready for the comedy, colourful fashion, boss action, etc.

Tone Bell, Caleb Emery, JD McCrary, Mikey Day and Abbie Gayle also star.

Little Release Dates: April 12th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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YOU ME AND HIM (2017): The Thing I Liked…

You, Me & Him (2017), Lucy Punch, David Tennant
You, Me & Him (2017), Lucy Punch, David Tennant

You, Me and Him is just what I thought it would be, an adequately charming British comedy that put a smile on my face on a day when I didn’t want my movie choice to ask too much of me.  

Starring Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay and David Tennant, the story centres around a lesbian couple who both end up making rather bad decisions because both parties are not exactly in the same place regarding the question of having children. Things get even more complicated when their Scottish neighbour befriends them. 

Though the film was quite awkward at first, I enjoyed the unique story and general Britishness of director Daisy Aitkens’s movie. And Tennant’s beard, the other thing that drew me to this movie certainly didn’t let me down. 

Overall, I wouldn’t call You Me and Him the best British comedy I’ve seen in a while. I found Finding Your Feet (2017) to be that little bit more charming. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean I won’t remember You Me and Him for enlightening me to the truth of just how good pink hair looks with grey eyes.

Watch it for the easy viewing experience and the charm.

Happy Film Loving 

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CRAZY RICH ASIANS (2018): The Things I Liked…

Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Constance Wu, Henry Golding
Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Constance Wu, Henry Golding

Crazy Rich Asians, the story of New Yorker Rachel and her trip to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick to meet his family, and attend his best friend’s wedding is a much better film than I expected.

Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Gemma Chan, Crazy Rich Asians truly exceeded my expectations. Particularly my assumption based on the trailer that it would be anything like the Fifty Shades Of Grey romance and films. I’m therefore happy confirm that the only key similarities between both movies start end with ‘rich guy falls in love with non-rich girl’. 

I really liked director Jon M. Chu’s beautiful execution of bestselling Author Kevin Kwan’s story. My favourite scenes include the very first scene at the hotel and the surprise Mahjong game towards the end. Then there’s of course the wedding that got Nick and Rachel to Singapore in the first place. A wedding that may just be my favourite movie wedding of all time, thanks to everything that happens in that scene including Kina Grannis’s version of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love.

Seeing all the stunning locations, homes and expensive style were definitely a highlight too, as expected. However, the thing that really made watching Crazy Rich Asians a true pleasure for me is the the humour that came in the ‘crazy’ part of Crazy Rich Asians. 

If you haven’t already seen this beautiful movie, make time for all the reasons above and for the romance, of course. The romance!

Happy Film Loving 

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THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (2018): The Thing I Liked…

The Old Man & The Gun (2018), Robert Redford
The Old Man & The Gun (2018), Robert Redford

Starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Donald Glover and Casey Affleck, The Old Man & The Gun is a good, charming – as expected, well acted, engaging and sometimes a little amusing movie.

Part of what makes director David Lowery’s film a unique experience is that unlike most, if not all other bank robber movies you’ve seen, not to say that the pace here is slow because it isn’t, but this one is quite a relaxed experience. Especially when you consider that Forrest Tucker, the real person on whom Redford’s character is based was described by his victims as well mannered and a gentleman; one who even took to smiling as he robbed.

We get to learn a little about Tucker’s life before he becomes a  septuagenarian, yet I still felt as though I needed a whole documentary about him. Particularly since The Old Man & The Gun had me thinking about Tucker’s psychology. How hard did he really try to find something less criminal than robbing banks to make him feel as though he was really living? It’s one thing to be compelled to steal in order to survive, it’s something else to do it because it’s fun and delivers on that ‘alive feeling’.

Considering his polite gentlemanly approach, perhaps Tucker just decided to cause as little harm as possible whilst doing his favourite thing which happened to be criminal and best done whilst pointing a gun. Then again, perhaps not.

My conclusion is this: humans are complicated. Maybe watch The Old Man & The Gun to see an intriguing example of just that. Watch it for the charm and because I think it’s one of Redford’s last movies, if not his very last. I heard he’s retiring.

Lastly, Lowery does well to keep this film engaging but definitely don’t go into this expecting anything like the rather brilliant bank robbing opening sequence of The Dark Knight (2008).Make sure you’re relaxed, in the mood for an easy viewing movie experience and be ready to smile.

Happy film Loving 

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