There are three things I like about Gringo – director Nash Edgerton’s action / comedy about a former law-abiding citizen (David Oyelowo) who’s turned to crime in order to survive. The first is Charlize Theron, her general awesomeness and her characters beautiful style. The second is the way Gringo is concluded; the ending is kind of surprising but also not, at the same time. I was surprised because I didn’t fully expect the turn the story took but I wasn’t surprised because it was clichéd.
The last thing I like about Gringo is how the movie appears to be a little inspired by one of my all time favourite films; Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). ThoughI certainly wouldn’t say that Gringo is as smart and as well written as my beloved Lock Stock, it did deliver some laughs. It’s just disappointing that I didn’t find the whole experience as amusing, engaging or exciting as the trailer hinted.
Boy Erasedis a biographical drama based on a specific time in the life of Garrard Conley, a Baptist preacher’s son who as a teenager was forced to take part in a church-supported gay conversion program. A disturbing and damaging practice that I’m sadly unsurprised to learn still continues today.
Besides standing out for being a heartbreaking true story that’s well acted and directed, Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton’s latest movie features a number of scenes that I won’t soon forget.
My very favourite one is a scene so moving that it made me realise I don’t actually recall the last time I wanted a person’s all important phone call to be answered so desperately.
My second favourite scene takes place just before the one with the phone phone call. It’s a moment that had me hoping that every parent with a strong willed child recognises the value of their child’s will. Especially when the child chooses to question what appears as nonsense – at the most crucial time, regardless of who may be spewing it.
Boy Erased definitely has a number of unfortunate things that happen in this story; meaning you really won’t be laughing much, if at all. Still, I did find the experience worthwhile for the insight into what can occur at gay conversion camps and for the aforementioned well executed and memorable scenes which take place towards the end.
Watch it if it intrigues you enough and also because it’s more hopeful than you may think.
Directed by David Ayer (End Of Watch (2012) and starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez, Brightis a buddy / cop movie set in a world where humans live alongside fantasy creatures. It’s also a film that isn’t quite all I wished it to be.
The issues I have with Bright start with the story. Perhaps the fact of fantasy and sci-fi not being my go-to genres has something to do with it but I just didn’t fully buy into the world the story occupies. I’m not even sure that the truth of how Orcs, elves, fairies and humans came to co-exist in LA let alone planet Earth was properly explained. Then there’s the fact that due to pacing and one or two other unfortunate factors, the movie did’t really get particularly interesting for me until ‘the cop shooting’ that happens approximately forty minutes in. Even then, I still found myself thinking about how much more I enjoyed End Of Watch, especiallythe story and co-star chemistry.
I’m certainly not saying that I think Bright is all bad – because if it were, I’d have stopped watching long before the end, the way I recently did with A Bad Mom’s Christmas (2017). The things I did enjoy about Ayer’s movie start with the vibrant graffiti in the opening sequence, followed by the impressive Orc prosthetics. Then there’s Noomi Rapace’s villain character, particularly the way she fought and dressed. Last but in no way least, I rather liked how well Edgar Ramirez wore his elf / vampire look. It was very much a greater highlight than expected.
A thought that entered my mind soon after I hit ‘play’ on Bright was, ‘I bet Will Smith is super happy about not having to wear any Orc prosthetics or makeup. I know I would be. Who said that acting isn’t hard work?’
Give Bright a chance if you’re curious enough. Or you can always watch / re-watch End Of Watch, if not some other good buddy / cop movie.
In dark comedy Gringo which stars Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo and Joel Edgerton, Oyelowo is Harold Soyinka, a former law-abiding citizen who, in his battle to survive finds himself a wanted criminal.
Directed by Nash Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried Thandie Newton and Sharlto Copley also star…
I’m really looking forward to seeing Oyelowo in a comedy role because this trailer is really fun. Something about this movie reminds me of We’re the Millers (2013), a fun comedy. Also, Copley and Theron are usually great in comedy roles.
In the Francis Lawrence directed Red Sparrow which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons,a Russian spy falls for a CIA officer and considers becoming a double agent…
I’m in because the cast is great. I also want to see how it all unfolds since the story is already being compared to that of Angelina Jolie’s Salt(2010) as well as Marvel’s Black Widow.
Joely Richardson, Ciarán Hinds, Charlotte Rampling and Mary-Louise Parker also star.
Will Smith, Noomi Rapace and Joel Edgerton’s new movie, Bright is directed by David Ayer and set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. Smith plays a human cop who’s forced to work with an Orc (Edgerton) to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for…
I’m going to think positively about this movie for three reasons. The first two being that the story is intriguing and this trailer looks promising, even though it shows very little. Lastly, Ayer’s last movie (Suicide Squad (2016) was far from great, but he did make several before that are still celebrated today; Fury (2014), Training Day (2001)and End Of Watch (2012) to name just three.
Starring Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon and Ruth Negga, the title of todays movie, Loving isn’t just symbolic because of the nature of the story. It’s also poetic for it’s the surname of the key protagonists Richard and Mildred Loving.
Loving tells the story of the interracial couple whose 1967 court case (Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1) led to the end of all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.
I’m looking forward to a well executed story, an important one in the fight for progress and equality.
Directed by Jeff Nichols; Bill Camp, Nick Kroll, Terry Abney and Christopher Mann also star.