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BAYWATCH (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson
Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson

Random great one liners here and there are really the main highlight in the 2017 version of Baywatch. Directed by Seth Gordon and starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra and Aexandra Daddario, this is a film that made me laugh mostly when I watched the trailer. It’s unfortunate foe me that Gordon’s movie contains some seriously cringe worthy moments and dialogue. If you like that sort of thing then you’re in luck! I mean, people complained about Ed Sheeran’s cameo on Game of Thrones but David Hasselhoff’s appearance in Baywatch felt far more awkward, for me.

Am I crazy for thinking that the original Baywatch television series about a group of California lifeguards may have had a little more substance than this re-imagining? The first thing that disappointed me when the movie started is the the lack of sufficient character back story. How else was I going to connect with them and become invested if I hardly know a thing about most of the key players. 

It had never really occurred to me just how dissatisfied the Baywatch characters must have been with their own jobs. In Seth gordon’s movie they appear to be so unhappy that they assume the roles of police officers. Isn’t that illegal? Did the TV series take things this far and I just didn’t notice? Generally, I know that this is a movie and things have to be ‘bigger and better’ but for me it was definitely bigger and more ridiculous.

If I had to pick a favourite moment, in this movie, I choose the beautiful fireworks display towards the end. That’s really it because the trailer proved better than the finished product. A far too common trend with comedies, it seems.

Watch it only if you absolutely must.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Incredible Jessica James (2017), Jessica Williams
The Incredible Jessica James (2017), Jessica Williams

The Incredible Jessica James is not a super hero movie as I first thought. It is in fact a comedy about an aspiring New York based playwright played by Jessica Williams. Williams is an actor who’s not completely new to me thanks to People Places Things (2015)one of my favourite comedies of 2015.

The story, written and directed by Jim Strouse who also wrote and directed  People Places Things, centres around Miss James’s friendship with a guy called Boone (Chris O’Dowd). A friendship that begins whilst Miss Jones is on the rebound from a break-up.

There are definitely one or two scenes at the beginning of this movie where I thought, ‘the camera is definitely spending too long on this moment’. Luckily for me, as the film progressed, I just liked it more and more. Williams did a good job of portraying all that is incredible about Miss James and I enjoyed the writing, especially as I found that I identify with Miss James in a number of ways. To mention just one way (you may relate to this too), I too have a slightly less than ordinary dream that also requires much dedication.

Noël Wells, an actor I first saw in Aziz Ansari’s rather good series Master Of None was a highlight. I also loved O’Dowd who was as always a delight to watch in comedy / drama roles.

By the end of The Incredible Jessica James , my thoughts had evolved from ‘the camera is definitely spending too long on this moment’ to ‘Miss James may not wear a special suit or a cape, but she really is quite incredible’. Not only did I want to be as cool as Jessica James, but I’d decided that I’d definitely tune in in the event that this movie were turned into a series.

Watch it and see.

Happy Film loving

G

DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Despicable Me 3 (2017), Steve Carell (Gru)
Despicable Me 3 (2017), Steve Carell (Gru)

I never, ever thought I’d say this, but it’s official, the minion magic no longer works on me. The minions are not even in Despicable Me 3 that much but long gone is the version of myself that would literally squeal with delight at the mere sight of them. Now they’re more like a favourite song played over and over again that I can kind of no longer stand.

I actually found myself adequately bored in parts as I watched Despicable Me 3. The main reason being, my favourite moments in the movie were the ones I already saw in the teaser trailer with the Michael Jackson loving super villain, months earlier. One of the newest things in this instalment, namely the introduction of one of Gru’s relatives unfortunately felt a little too much like a desperate attempt to find any reason, any reason at all to keep the franchise going.

Just to be clear, I’m definitely not saying that Despicable Me 3 is terrible, generally speaking. I’m saying that I didn’t love it because it felt tired and I’m over all the characters; most surprisingly to myself, I’m tired of the minions.

Immediately below are just some of the thoughts that went through my mind as the credits rolled. In some ways, I really should have known.

‘What was I thinking?’

‘Why was I looking forward to this when I knew that I never really enjoyed the first two Despicable Me movies anyway?’

‘I simply must have forgotten that the minions were the ones I really loved (back then) – not super villain Gru and his children.’

If you’re super intrigued, watch it and see how you like Despicable Me 3.

Happy Film Loving

G

NAKED (2017): It’s…

Naked (2017), Marlon Wayans
Naked (2017), Marlon Wayans

Naked is another movie that’s inspired by Groundhog Day (1993). Except this time, instead of a weatherman, a future groom is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he learns what he’s supposed to learn to become a better person.

Directed by Michael Tiddes, part of my issue with Naked is that Marlon Wayans’s character just wasn’t trying hard enough to make it to the wedding. Some of the movie  felt quite silly and sadly not as smart as such a story ought to be. Wayans’s character ended up being too over the top in pats to be amusing. I’ve basically concluded that I’ll probably have to stick to a younger me’s memories of Senseless (1998), one of the few Wayans performances I really enjoyed. There’s also the Scream parody films Scary Movie too, I think.

This year alone I’ve seen 3 movies all for the first time and about characters re-living the same day over and over again. There are a few well executed moments in Naked but not enough to make this movie the kind I recommend.

Watch it if you must, but only if you simply must.

Happy Film Loving

G

SNATCHED (2017): There’s Something I Liked…

Snatched (2017), Amy Schumer
Snatched (2017), Amy Schumer

The trailer for Snatched, an action comedy about a mother / daughter adventure in South America had me a little hopeful. Starring Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and directed by Jonathan Levine, I was not as enthused by the end product as I’d hoped to be. There are a few unexpected twists in the story and a funny piece of dialogue approximately every twenty five minutes the I enjoyed but overall, the story is largely unbelievable and not adequately fun or executed well enough for that to not really matter. I also wished that the story could have moved a long a little faster.

You may watch Snatched and find it less disappointing that I have. Should you want an action comedy that isn’t necessarily completely believable yet executed in a way that makes the lack of believability a non-issue, try The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017).

Happy Film Loving

G

 

HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (2017): New Trailer From Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Alex Sharp…

How To Talk to Girls At Parties (2017), Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp
How To Talk to Girls At Parties (2017), Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp

Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson and Alex Sharp are the stars of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a John Cameron Mitchell directed comedy / romance about an alien. An alien that’s touring the galaxy but breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe – the London suburb of Croydon…

I’m in for the alien activity and the costumes. I also can’t say that I didn’t find the line in the official synopsis about Croydon amusing.

How To Talk To Girls At Parties Release Dates

Happy Film Loving

G

THE BIG SICK (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Big Sick (2017), Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani
The Big Sick (2017), Zoe Kazan, Kumail Nanjiani

I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a feature length movie about an interracial relationship between a caucasian female and a Pakistani male before, but I really like the way the struggles that come with the resultant culture clash and other challenging life events are captured with humour in The Big Sick.

What the lead actors Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan did acting-wise, as the couple in the interracial relationship has resulted in a funny, romantic and definitely dramatic movie; a movie that does a good job of delivering laughs as well as a certain realism to the events that take place. 

Some of the realism is likely helped by the fact that The Big Sick is based on the actual lives of the film’s writers – Nanjiani and wife wife Emily V. Gordon. But really, director Michael Showalter and all the other actors involved, including Holly Hunter, Ray Romano and Adeel Akhtar all deliver well balanced performances.

I for one have zero complaints about the The Big Sick. Certainly not in regards to the pace of the story. You’ll likely shed a tear or two, especially if you’re not, how you say…? ‘completely dead inside.’

One more thing… wasn’t the ending just beautiful?

Happy Film loving

G

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017), Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017), Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds

I had a good time with The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the Patrick Hughes directed action / comedy in which Ryan Reynolds stars as the bodyguard to Samuel L. Jackson’s Hitman who needs to be safely delivered to testify in court.

A lot of the fun in this movie is thanks to the dialogue and action sequences. It ended up not really mattering how ridiculous and unbelievable some of the action seemed, let alone the forced romance that resulted in awkward dialogue and questionable chemistry between Reynolds and his love interest (Elodie Yung). The reason why The Hitman’s Bodyguard remains watchable is because the most important chemistry, that between Jackson and Reynolds is near enough faultless.

The number of times the word m********* flew out of Jackson’s mouth didn’t bother me at all. After all, no one really delivers that word quite the way he does. There’s also the beautiful visuals of London, England and Amsterdam in the summertime to enjoy.

The truth is, you’re not going to be able to completely suspend your disbelief as you watch this movie, But fun, you shall have. Especially if you’re already a fan of Jackson and Reynolds individually. I haven’t even mentioned how fun Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman’s characters were to watch.

Happy Film Loving

G