I Feel Pretty, the latest movie starring Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski and Michelle Williams is a comedy about a woman who suddenly finds plenty of self confidence following a head injury.
Written / directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, there are only really two things right about this film. Firstly, tits intention to inspire women, young women especially to stop letting society tell them what is beautiful, so they can find the confidence to go after what they really want. The second positive is the casting of Michelle Williams. In this movie Williams is as elevating a talent as the best of them, but even this task was to great.
The truth is, I definitely laughed a little once or twice, mainly because of the humorous moment(s) where a line reminded me of what made Schumer’s Comedy Central TV so good once upon a time. Unfortunately though, I just happened to cringe far more than I laughed overall. There was a scene at the beginning that I felt already made it’s point yet it stretched on and on. There are moments where my eyes rolled in disappointment – in one particular instance due to the use of a story telling device that seemed rushed / ad hoc, as well as executed lazily.
Even with all the cringing and eye-rolling, a point did actually arrive around the first half whereI thought the terribleness had ceased and now everything will be less bad. But then something cringeworthy happens again! Cringeworthy because of the badly executed story. Cringeworthy because of what felt like over-acting by Schumer on a number of occasions and cringeworthy because someone decided that this final draft of I Feel pretty really was worthy of being the final draft.
I kept watching tI Feel pretty when I could have stopped because this movie and Schumer’s previous film Snatched (2017) aside, I usually enjoy her work. I now feel as though my last hope is the idea that the Schumer and Jennifer Lawrencecomedy that’s supposed to be in the works won’t have me saying ‘No, Amy! But I had such high hopes…!’ some thing I said more than twice during I Feel pretty.
Maybe watch Schumer’s Comedy Central TV show instead(?)
I Feel Pretty is a brand new comedy starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams and Emily Ratajkowski.
Written / directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, the story centres around a woman who suddenly has an extraordinary amount of self confidence following a head injury…
I rather like the sound of this story. Especially the new found confidence part, not so much the head injury.
Full disclosure, I of course had the lyrics for the classic West Side Story (1961) song ‘I feel Pretty’ playing in my head as I typed this post. That leaves little else to say except… All together now: ‘I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and gaaaaayy!’
Naomi Campbell, Busy Philipps, Tom Hopper and Laura Hutton also star.
In the Netflix Special Judd Apatow – The Return, Apatow, the writer, director and producer of some of my favourite comedies is returning to standup after 25 long years.
I myself didn’t even know that Apatow was a standup comic long before several of his best hit movies. There’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007) and This Is 40 (2012), to name just a few…
I like how this trailer is all about the other people echoing any doubts that Apatow himself likely had about returning to standup. It seems as though, this way if his show turns out to not be so great, that in itself will kind of be part of the comedy… maybe. I of course would prefer for the show to be fantastic. Even if it has been 25 long years since he stepped on a stage to make people laugh.
Judd Apatow – The return Release Dates: December 12th, 2017 (US) – Netflix.
The trailer for Snatched, an action comedy about a mother / daughter adventure in SouthAmerica had me a little hopeful.
Starring Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and directed by Jonathan Levine, I didn’t like the end product as much as I’d hoped I would. There are a few welcome unexpected twists in the story and a funny piece of dialogue approximately every twenty five minutes that I enjoyed. Yet, overall, Snatched is slow in pace and largely unbelievable and not adequately fun or executed well enough.
You may watch Snatched and find it less disappointing than I have, perhaps. However, 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).
In Thank You For Your Service, the new war drama / biography starring Miles Teller and Hayley Bennett, a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq are struggling to integrate back into family and civilian life…
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is interesting and my two favourite war films – American Sniper (2014) and The Hurt Locker (2008) touch on the subject to a degree. In Thank You For Your Service, PTSD is the main focus and so I must watch. The other reason for me to watch is Teller because of his memorable work in Whiplash (2014). Also I’m curious about Bennett. I’ve seen her in a number of trailers but I’m yet to watch one of her movies.
Directed by Jason Hall; Joe Cole and Keisha Castle-Hughes also star.
I love funny people so I knew I’d have a good time watching writer/ director Kevin Pollak’s documentary, Misery Loves Comedy. It’s a film that has a mixture of funny people from comedians to actors and filmmakers all answering the question: ‘Do you have to be miserable to be funny?’
I’ll start by saying that I had a good time overall but I did find some of the editing a tad odd, especially in the first two thirds. Secondly, maybe because I already know plenty about funny people and thats why I didn’t feel as enlightened by what most of the comics had to say. Thirdly, the number of people featured is a lot. Perhaps it would have been more interesting had the documentary been about a handful of celebrated funny people, therefore allowing for more in depth interviews and probably less jarring editing. Last but not least, as much as I love Steve Coogan, Richard Lewis, Amy Schumer, etc., it didn’t help that nearly none of my favourites comics made an appearance in this documentary; Louis C.K. to name just one.
The part I loved the most in Misery Loves Comedy is towards the end because that’s when the comics finally answer the question of whether one needs to be miserable to be funny. Another way to ask the question is ‘whether a person is born funny or if it’s something they develop.’ One of the best answers I’ve heard isn’t actually in this documentary, but in a Kjersti Flaa interview with Louis C.K. where C.K.’s response is…
‘I definitely don’t think you can be born funny. Funny happens to you. It’s like you can’t be taught how to be emotionally a wreck. Funny is a defence mechanism.’
Amen to that is what I say! Sometimes it’s a matter of whether you find a way to focus on the funny side or you wallow – and sometimes if you cant quite see the funny side, it’s wise to let yourfavourite funny person help you do that and/ or take your mind elsewhere.
Watch Misery Loves Comedy because you’re curious about funny people. It may not feature all your top favourite comics, but you’ll enjoy the entertaining company nonetheless.
Dying Laughing is a new documentary that delves into the complicated lives of Stand-up comedians, the craft and their creative process…
I’m looking forward to hearing what many of the current great comics have to say. Names including Russell Peters, Billy Connolly, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and Amy Schumer to name just a few. I really want to know if all comics really are ‘very damaged people. I’m sure many are but surely there must be exceptions, no?
I didn’t see Ricky Gervais or Louis C.K. in this trailer but I sure hope they too make an appearance.