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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 

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THE UPSIDE (2017): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Upside (2017)


The Upside is a remake of French film The Intouchables (2011), the story of the relationship between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.

Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman star while Neil Burger directs…

There’s no denying it, The Intouchables  is a great movie and could have done without a remake. At the same time though, I think I may actually have fun seeing how different this remake is to the original. I could also be wrong about that last statement but I don’t mind finding out. Furthermore, I want to see what comedian Kevin Hart can do in a more dramatic role.

Julianna Margulies, Golshifteh Farahani, Tate Donovan and Aja Naomi King also star.

The Upside Release Dates: January 11th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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ISLE OF DOGS (2018): New Trailer From Wes Anderson, Starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber…

Isle Of Dogs (2018)
Isle Of Dogs (2018)

Directed by Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber, Isle of Dogs is set in Japan and tells the story of a 12 year-old boy’s odyssey in search of his dog…

I know it’s a Wes Anderson movie which means it’s going to be noteworthy. Nevertheless, I’m not yet especially excited. Perhaps it’s something to do with the overall seemingly sleepy tone.

Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Ken Watanabe and Bill Murray also star.

Isle Of Dogs Release Dates: March 23rd, 2018 (US); March 30th, 2018 (UK)…

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LAST FLAG FLYING (2017): New Trailer From Richard Linklater, Starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne…

Last Flag Flying (2017), Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne
Last Flag Flying (2017), Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne

Directed and co-written by Richard Linklater, in Last Flag Flying, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne play three soldiers who served together in Vietnam, 30 years ago. They’ve come together after one of their son’s is killed in the Iraq War…

I’m a fan of the cast individually and I’m excited to see their chemistry together. There’s also the humour to look forward to; I mean I already like the joke about New York’s ‘signature scent’.

J. Quinton Johnson, Yul Vazquez, Samuel Davis and Kate Easton also star.

Last Flag Flying Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (US)

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WAKEFIELD (2016): New Trailer From Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner…

Wakefield (2016), Bryan Cranston
Wakefield (2016), Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner are the stars of Wakefield, the Robin Swicord written and directed movie about a man’s  nervous breakdown that causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months…

The premise of this movie is just too perfectly intriguing to ignore. I can’t wait to find out how Cranston’s character got to such a desperate place.

Wakefield Release Dates: May 19th, 2017 (UK)…

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WHY HIM (2016): The Things I Liked…

Why Him (2016), Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, James Franco
Why Him (2016), Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, James Franco

I’ve always enjoyed James Franco in comedy roles more so than I do his dramatic work. I loved the trailer for Why Him which was well paced and fun, It also contained a healthy handful of good jokes and well placed expletives.

Fast forward to the movie, it could be argued that there’s an unnecessary level of cuss words, though I’d say not too uncomfortably gratuitous. Some scenes were a tad awkward and could have moved along more quickly, but overall I had a good time.

The soundtrack, Franco’s billionaire filterless character’s charm, Keegan Michael-Key’s fun estate manager and  peculiar ‘European’ accent are key highlights.

I also enjoyed the way Megan Mullally’s Barb responds to Franco’s Laird. My favourite of her lines being ‘Quite the outdoorsman.’ Watch it and see why that line is so perfect when it’s delivered – and for the rest of the good jokes. That’s assuming that all those colourful expletives haven’t scared you off, of course.

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IN DUBIOUS BATTLE (2016): New Trailer From Nat Wolff, James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez…

In Dubious Battle (2016), Byan Cranston
In Dubious Battle (2016), Byan Cranston

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before on here, but I’m quite the emotional being. Precisely within 30 seconds of hitting play on the new trailer for In Dubious Battle, my eyeballs were near enough swimming in their sockets. All about an activist (Franco) fighting in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s, the cast for In Dubious Battle is pretty impressive. To name just a few we have Ed Harris, Robert Duvall, Vincent D’Onofrio, Nat Wolff and Selena Gomez. The movie is directed by and starring James Franco…

I’m quite sure that I saw another trailer for this movie a few months ago, but it did very little for me. It’s pretty damn amazing what a fresh edit can do, no?

Analeigh Tipton and Josh Hutcherson also star.

In Dubious Battle Release Dates

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POWER RANGERS (2017): New Trailer From Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader…

Power Rangers (2017), Elizabeth Banks
Power Rangers (2017), Elizabeth Banks

Based on the hit children’s TV series and directed by Dean Israelite, Power Rangers stars Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader and Bryan Cranston. The actual  Power Rangers are played by Ludi Lin (The Black Ranger), RJ Cyler (The Blue Ranger), Naomi Scott (The Pink Ranger), Becky G (The Yellow Ranger) and Dacre Montgomery (The Red ranger). They are a group of are high school students infused with superpowers that they must harness to save the world…

I used to watch the TV series growing up. Something – namely the trailer plus the high number of super hero movies in recent years and my current feelings about the phenomenon (boredom) tells me that I should probably leave this movie to the die-hard fans and the young people who are still  into the TV series. I haven’t quite fully decided just yet.

Power Rangers Movie Release Dates: March 23rd, 2017 (GER); March 24th, 2017 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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