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THE UPSIDE (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Upside (2019), Bryan Cranston
The Upside (2019), Bryan Cranston

TRight away, I want to confirm that The Intouchables (2011), the French film on which The Upside is based is absolutely better than this remake starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman.

Centred around the friendship that emerges between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him, The Upside isn’t an exact copy of The Intouchables. There are some scenes that are very much the same. There are also a few more characters that were added; mainly the one played very well by Aja Naomi King.

I found that the best parts in director Neil Burger’s movie are the moments that weren’t too close to exact copies of scenes from the original. The original scenes always came out on top in my mind.

As for the performances, King was great in her role. Cranston, his super comic timing and Kidman are also undoubtedly very talented actors. Yet, even with all this seasoned talent, there’s no saving this movie from itself. It’s missing that special spark, all-round chemistry and flow that the original has. I enjoyed some of the comic moments between Cranston and Hart’s characters (especially during the birthday pary) but since The Upside is Hart’s first dramatic role, there’s definitely room for him to grow – and I look forward to seeing that progression in future performances.

On summary, watch The Upside if you really want to see for yourself how different it is from The Intouchables. Otherwise, it’s probably better to watch other great works by the talented cast. 

Happy Film Loving 

G

THE BIRTH OF A NATION (2016): New Trailer From Nate Parker, Armie Hammer & Aja Naomi King

The Birth Of A Nation (2016), Nate Parker
The Birth Of A Nation (2016), Nate Parker

Starring, written and directed by Nate Parker, The Birth Of A Nation tells the true story of Nat Turner, a former slave in America who leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

Dear film lover / cinephile, I do believe that a powerful story awaits us.

Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller, Aja Naomi King and Colman Domingo and also star.

The Birth Of A Nation Release Dates: October 7th, 2016 (US); January 20th, 2017 (UK); January 19th 2017 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

REVERSION (2015): New Sci-Fi Thriller, Starring Aja Naomi King & Gary Dourdan

Reversion (2015), Aja Naomi King
Reversion (2015), Aja Naomi King

From director Jose Nestor Marquez, today we have a well edited new trailer that will intrigue you…

The leading actress, Aja Naomi King is from award winning TV series How To Get Away With Murder. Colm Feore, Gary Dourdan and Lela Rochon also star.

All that’s left to do now is hope that the movie delivers on the trailer’s promise. Fingers and everything crossed.

Release Date (s): October 9th 2015 (US)

Happy Reversion 🙂

G