For animated movies to fully keep my attention, it usually helps if funny, fun, cute and moving / heartwarming are key elements of the well written story and finished film. Unfortunately, in The Willoughbys, neither of these themes came across especially strongly for me
Directors Kris Pearn, Cory Evans and Rob Lodermeier’s movie about four children with terrible parents. The kind who only have time for themselves and their romantic love proved quite disappointing.
Even though the The Willoughbys has some funny moments, it’s the kind of humour that made me smile instead of laugh. The finished film also had the quirkiness and darkness that got my attention during the trailer. Yet, for me, it’s almost as if the story tried to do too many things at once,. A reality which then ended up resulting in a finished product that felt disjointed and not as engaging or entertaining as I’d hoped. In fact, by the time The Willoughbys’s overarching theme about ‘the family you choose’ came along, it barely proved impactful. At least not in a way that I connected with.
Even though within thirty minutes of hitting play, I knew I wasn’t really enjoying The Willoughbys, I still thought that I’d eventually get into it and the story would finally settle into a groove I could get on board with. Sadly not.
As for the pointy noises I mentioned in my response to the trailer, they didn’t prove as jarring as they were initially, but that’s not to say that I was ever fully comfortable with them either.
Give The Willoughbys a chance if you’re very curious. Some people find it refreshingly different. I’m clearly not one of them but perhaps you are.
Directed by Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe, a tech uprising is what’s happening in Olivia Colman, Eric André, Maya Rudolph and Danny McBride latest animated comedy, Connected.
Centred around soon to be college student Katie Mitchell, Katie’s family decides to make a road trip out of driving her to university. Only those plans get interrupted by the aforementioned tech uprising, and soon it’s up to the Mitchells to save the world.
There seems to be a lot going on in this trailer but I do like the animation style which reminds me of some story book illustrations young me used to enjoy.
I’m also interested in seeing how Katie’s father’s struggle dealing with his daughter no longer needing him as much as she used to is dealt with in this story. Fingers crossed the end result will be a very pleasant surprise.
Wine Countryis a comedy about long time friends who gather for a 50th birthday party in Napa. Having not been together in their group in a while, as one might expect, tensions soon arise.
Directed by Amy Poehler who also stars alongside Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch, the premise of the story is the main reason I was interested. Especially since it reminded me of two memorable comedies. Namely Bridesmaids (2011) and Girls Trip (2017) – both of which are focused on the often unspoken tensions between us and our very closest friends.
Poehler’s film is one that started with some promise. It’s just that approximately fifteen minutes in, my interest started to wane. The story, dialogue and some of the character development proved not quite engaging enough to keep me focused. I enjoyed the few scenes that featured Fey and I recall laughing a couple of times in between. Yet overall, the characters of Wine Country just didn’t capture my imagination and heart the way the ladies from Bridesmaids and Girls Trip did. It certainly didn’t help that some jokes were dragged out for too long and the seemingly endless singalongs proved annoying.
It’s really mainly the sunshine-rich location and Fey’s character that were the key highlights of Wine Country. Almost everything else, particularly the comedy felt as though I’d seen it before but executed in a more memorable way.
I say watch it if you absolutely must. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find more to love and if you do, you’re very welcome to let me know in the comments precisely why I’m crazy.
Directed by and starring Amy Poehler; Wine Country is a new comedy centred around a 50th birthday celebration in Napa; a perfect situation for tensions from the past to boil over among a group of longtime girlfriends.
Other key cast includes Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Maya Erskine, Jason Schwartzman…
Wine Country looks so far like a less outrageous but still hopefully quite funny version ofGirls Trip (2017). I say Bring on the female bonding!
Cherry Jones, Paula Pell, Sunita Mani, Ana Gasteyer and Greg Poehler also star.
Directed by Brian Henson; Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks and Joel McHale star in The Happytime Murders; an action / comedy about a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet.
The private eye puppet is determined to solve the case when the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one…
I don’t yet know what to make of this. I’m just glad that the word ‘Muppets’ isn’t in the title, considering the ‘R’ rating. It will hopefully be a good comedy thanks to the involvement of Banks in particular and McCarthy. Fingers crossed.
I tuned in to ChiPs because of the trailer. I also happened to be in the mood for laughs in a movie with actors I already like. Michael Peña I appreciate because of End of Watch (2012) and Dax Shepherd for his recent appearance in an Interview on Hot Ones, a very popular YouTube series I enjoy.
With additional cast that includes, Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph and Vincent D’Onofrio, CHiPs also has Shepherd occupying the director’s seat. The good news is that the thought, ‘that wasn’t a bad opener’ did cross my mind by the end of the first seven minutes of ChiPs. I enjoyed the shenanigans of the two Los Angeles Highway Patrol motorcycle officers played by Shepherd and Peña. I can therefore say that I found ChiPs adequately entertaining, story-wise. Another highlight with this movie is the beautiful imagery of Los Angeles plus Peña and Shepherd’s chemistry, however awkward at times.
I see ChiPs asan answer to the question ‘what’s the name of Dax Shepherd and Michael Peña’s movie?’ It’s certainly that for me more than it’s an answer to the question ‘which buddy / cop movie do you highly recommend?’
With that said, watch ChiPs if you’re really curious. I was, so I did. Luckily for me, I regret nothing.
Starring Anna Faris, T.J. Miller, Patrick Stewart, Sofia Vergara and James Corden, the new The Emoji Movie trailer is here and it has Gene (Miller), a multi-expressional emoji, on a journey to become a normal emoji…
I thought that as an avid user of emojis on my themoviemylife Instagram in particular, that I’d somehow automatically like a movie about cute yellow emojis. I mean, how bad could it be? I was after all completely crazy about a particular bunch of gorgeous ‘joy inducing yellow beauties’; the minions for quite some time. I may still be obsessed, actually. I digress. I just wish that at this point I felt more confident about this Tony Leondis directed film. I don’t know…