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TAG (2018): The Things I Liked…

Tag (2018), Jeremy Renner
Tag (2018), Jeremy Renner

I must be too sensible for this kind of fun because as I watched director Jeff Tomsic’s male friendship comedy Tag, where former classmates play an elaborate game of tag across the country, I definitely thought it silly for grown / middle aged men to be playing a children’s game. Especially the way it’s played in the movie – often resulting in a notable amount of damage to the immediate surroundings.

My sensible ways aside though, it’s unfortunate that I wasn’t very amused throughout the film and that the only scenes that really had me most engaged were the ones featuring Jeremy Renner’s character Jerry. Particularly when he was playing the game. Renner’s stunt work, athleticism and general onscreen charisma helped make Tag that little bit more watchable.

Also starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Jon Hamm, I probably would have had more fun watching Tag if I’d felt like I knew the characters more before the game commenced. What happened before we meet Renner’s character sadly felt more to me like un-amusing filler. Besides Jerry, my favourite thing about Tag is the way it ends and the music choice just before the credits.

Even though I’m not Tag’s biggest fan, I admit that knowing the film was based on a real life group of friends who played the game for 23 years warms my heart a little. It also has me wondering how the movie may be that little bit different from the whole truth.

Watch it if you’re so curious. Maybe you’ll find it funnier than I did.

Happy Film Loving

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THE MUMMY (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella
The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella

Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe and Annabelle Wallis, there are parts of director Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, a story about an ancient Egyptian princess, awakened from her crypt and determined to wreak havoc, that I enjoyed. An example would be Russell Crowe’s ‘second character’ who proved a lot of fun to watch even though he appears but very briefly.

Another highlight is courtesy of Sofia Boutella, an actress who was introduced to many audiences as Gazelle in Matthew Vaughn’s rather good Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014). I adored Gazelle even though she was a ‘baddie.’ And because of that experience, I was sure that Boutella would bring something special, particularly physicality-wise to the character of The Mummy (Princess Ahmanet).

Princess Ahmanet stood out so much for me that all other performances and characters’s mostly paled in comparison. Perhaps her character was just the most interesting overall. What I know for sure is that I found myself genuinely scared of the idea that I might personally encounter the princess as I went about my day to day. Something to do with the costume design and special effects, as well as Boutella’s performance. There’s also the fact that a lot of the film is set in London, England, my beloved city.

There are points during The Mummy when I thought, ‘this is interesting, I think I’m quite excited about the other movies coming from Universals ‘Dark Universe. Unfortunately though, by the end of the film, I wasn’t so sure because I ended up feeling as though the movie was far more ‘basic’ in terms of the story, writing and execution overall than what I’d been hoping for – especially for a Tom Cruise movie. 

On a positive note, I’m now even more curious about Egypt’s real history and I may just delve into that as a result. I may even… Who am I kidding? I’m busy and far too in love with film to make time for more history books.

Give The Mummy a chance if you’re curious.

Happy Film Loving

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