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A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018): The Thing I Liked…

A Simple Favor (2018): Blake Lively
A Simple Favor (2018): Blake Lively

Director Paul Feig’s crime / thriller about a mommy vlogger trying to find out the real reason behind her new best friend’s sudden disappearance is a movie I liked less than I expected to. 

Starring Blake Lively, Henry Golding and Anna Kendrick, what I liked most about A Simple Favor, besides Lively’s character Emily’s great sense of style is her embodiment of a young woman in charge who refuses to take nonsense from anyone.

It’s therefore no wonder then that Kendrick’s outwardly super sweet Stephanie was very much drawn to the clearly inspiring and very fun to watch Emily.

There was a moment after all the key characters seemed to have been established that I wondered where the story was really going. What I most certainly didn’t expect is that I’d find A Simple Favor to be rather unsatisfying overall.

Having never read the book on which this movie is based, I’d prepared myself for a different kind of experience; one that was a fun mystery with entertaining dialogue, but without things taking quite the the dark turn that they did. And when I say ‘dark,’ I’m really mostly referring to the truth behind Emily, her true nature. It’s clear to me now that I simply wanted to like her.

The last time a movie did something similar to me, almost like a bait and switch was The Lobster (2015). And just like the Lobster, I liked the earlier half of A Simple Favor more.

Watch it if you’re so curious, maybe you’ll enjoy the darkness.

Happy Film Loving

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A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018): New Trailer From Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, Linda Cardellini…

A Simple Favor (2018), Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively
A Simple Favor (2018), Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively

Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick and Linda Cardellini are the stars of Paul Feig’s latest, a crime / mystery / thriller, A Simple Favor. 

Kendrick is a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend’s sudden disappearance…

I only really know Feig for his hit comedy films. Namely Bridesmaids (2011) and  Spy (2015). May his transition to the non-comedy category also prove fruitful.

I  can’t say that I’m a fan of the various moments of ‘dialogue minus imagery’ in this trailer, yet I am intrigued and I like Lively and Kendrick enough to take a chance.

Henry Golding, Rupert Friend, Eric Johnson and Sarah Baker also star.

A Simple Favor Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US); September 21st, 2018 (UK)…

Read my review of A Simple Favor.

Happy Film Loving

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THE HOLLARS (2016): The Thing I Liked – Sharlto Copley’s Performance…

The Hollars (2016), Sharlto Copley, John Krasinski
The Hollars (2016), Sharlto Copley, John Krasinski

Directed by John Krasinski, The Hollars is a comedy / drama about a son returning to his small town after his mother falls ill. Not the most obvious premise for comedy but there are laughs to be had with Krasinki’s latest directorial effort. Besides the good humour, especially courtesy of Sharlto Copley’s brother character, I enjoyed the film’s portrait of family, sibling dynamics and all the good performances from all the cast.

Written by Jim Strouse who also wrote one of my favourites, People, Places, Things (2015)Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Margot Martingale and Randall Park also star.

The Hollars is fitting for when you’re in the mood for a relaxing drama / comedy with a little splash of romance – nothing too taxing.

Happy Film Loving

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MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES (2016): The Things I Liked…

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Zac Efron, Adam DeVine
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Zac Efron, Adam DeVine

During Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, it didn’t take long before I found myself thinking ‘Oh great, this is one of those types of comedies.’ This unfortunate thought entered my mind within the first ten minutes during the intervention scene. A scene where the immature, co-dependent brothers played by Zac Efron and Adam DeVine respond to their family’s accusation that they ‘rile each other up’. The joke here contained gratuitous use of expletives and was unfortunately over-stretched to the point where I wanted to shout ‘CUT!

I promise that I generally do enjoy the effective and creative use of colourful language – just not when it’s over-used to the point where it removes rather than adds to the desired effect, comic or otherwise. There were additional disappointing moments where I thought, ‘Really? That’s how that would happen?’ But I persevered nonetheless.

In terms of the good things about director Jake Szymanski’s movie, one of the funniest and most refreshing moments is the dialogue between DeVine and Aubrey Plaza in the scene where they whisper to each other outside their Hawaii hotel rooms. There’s also the rather well-executed massage sequence thanks to an impressive performance by Sugar Lyn Beard and Kumail Nanjiani.

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza

Overall, instead of Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates being the ‘comedy of the summer’ it could have been, what we seem to have is a series of comedy sketches in what ought to have been an improvisation class setting because a lot the jokes / story still needed sharpening and editing down.

Last words from me: Seek out the great scenes highlighted above. Otherwise just do whatever makes you happy. For me, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates is one more reminder that a truly good comedy is so very hard to make. Why not try Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). It’s very special indeed.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE HOLLARS (2016): New From John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Sharlto Copley…

The Hollars (2016), John Krasinski
The Hollars (2016), John Krasinski

Starring and directed by John Krasinski, The Hollars is a family drama / comedy about what happens when a son returns to his home town after learning of his mother’s illness…

I’m tuning into this one for the comedy, intriguing family dynamics and a cast that in addition to krasinski, includes Charlie Day, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, Josh Groban, Margo Martindale and Sharlto Copley.

The Hollars Release Dates: August 25th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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TABLE 19 (2017): New Trailer Starring Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow…

Table 19 (2017), Thomas Cocquerel, Anna Kendrick
Table 19 (2017), Thomas Cocquerel, Anna Kendrick

Jeffrey Blitz is the director behind the new Anna Kendrick, Stephen Merchant, Craig Robinson and Lisa Kudrow comedy/ drama, Table 19.

Table 19 is that table at a wedding for the random people that the bride and groom aren’t particularly close to anymore, but feel obligated to invite…

I already like the vibe of this trailer, thanks to the edit and music. Also, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass are the writers which  means that at the very least it’s going to be watchable.

Thomas Cocquerel, Tony Revolori, June Squib, Amanda Crew and Wyatt Russell also make an appearance.

Table 19 Release Dates: January 20th, 2017 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE ACCOUNTANT (2016): New Trailer From Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick & J.K. Simmons

The Accountant (2016), Ben Affleck
The Accountant (2016), Ben Affleck

The Accountant is Ben Affleck’s new movie and good is how the trailer looks…

I’ve seen, loved and re-watched Good Will Hunting (1997) quite a few times, so as I watched this trailer, I couldn’t help but think, ‘and now… Affleck gets to play the ‘mathematical genius’. Sort of.

Anna Kendrick, John Lithgow, Jon Bernthal and J.K. Simmons also star.

The Accountant Release dates: October 14th, 2016 (US); October 20th, 2016 (GER); November 4th, 2016 (UK)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES (2016): New Trailer Starring Zac Efron & Adam DeVine

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Adam DeVine
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Adam DeVine

Here’s the brand new trailer starring Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine. A trailer to get us all in the mood for summer 2016…

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates looks like the kind of non-serious summer viewing fun I’m going to be in the mood for come July and August. Zac Efron is lovely and all, but it’s really Anna Kendrick playing an outrageous character that I’m most looking forward to in this movie. For some reason I still think of her as the prim and proper young professional, Natalie Keener – George Clooney’s side-kick in Up In The Air (2009).

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates Release Date(s): July 8th, 2016 (US); August 12th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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