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THUNDER FORCE (2021): It’s…

Thunder Force (2021), Melissa McCarthy, Netflix
Thunder Force (2021), Melissa McCarthy, Netflix

Bridesmaids (2011), This Is 40 (2012) and Spy (2015) are my three favourite Melissa McCarthy movies. The Heat (2013), Tammy (2014) and The Boss (2016) are the ones I found most disappointing. 

The not so great news is that McCarthy’s latest Ben Falcone written/directed comedy/action/adventure Thunder Force falls firmly at the bottom of the latter category.  

I honestly tried my very best to give Thunder Force, the story of estranged childhood best friends reuniting and ending up with superpowers a fair chance. It’s just unfortunate that the writing and pacing left me desperately wanting. 

What makes it worse is that I wasn’t even tired when I hit play to watch a hopefully fun comedy in the afternoon. Yet, twenty minutes in, I awoke from a rather pleasant impromptu nap. A situation I feared might occur, especially after an unnecessarily long and unfunny bit of dialogue about salmon and a rock near the start of the movie. Nevertheless, I held on in desperate hope that things might turn around at any moment.

Things did not get better, not even a little bit. As such, after giving the movie one very last try, only to find myself waking up from my second nap in half an hour, I had to put an end to the madness.

Looking back, the most memorable parts of Thunder Force include the one brief moment involving rabbit-like teeth. And the other is the presence of Pom Klementieff as Laser. 

Thunder Force is a film you watch, only if you absolutely must because you’re much better off revisiting the first three movies I mentioned at the start of this post.

Happy Film Loving

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SUPERINTELLIGENCE (2020): The Things I Liked…

Superintelligence (2020), Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros. Pictures
Superintelligence (2020), Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros. Pictures

I enjoyed Superintelligence, the latest comedy from Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Sam Richardson and Ben Falcone more than I expected to.

Directed by Falcone, the story of Carol (McCarthy), a woman who’s been selected for observation by the world’s first superintelligence that may or may not take over the world isn’t perfect. Yet, if you’re a fan of the talented film making team and some good dialogue delivered with perfect comic timing; plus, laughter that you can’t always see coming, then give Superintelligence a chance.

Besides the above-mentioned highlights, there’s also the chemistry between Carol and Cannavale’s George to enjoy. And James Corden’s character is quite fun. So much so, that don’t be surprised if, for a good portion of the film, you find yourself thinking:

Should this be what a future with a superintelligent AI looks like, I think I’m in!

As for what I didn’t completely love about Falcone’s movie, there’s the use of several common movie-making/comedy cliche’s that made the story experience that little bit less special.

Furthermore, just when I became comfortable with the direction the story was going in and the nature of the relationships , a semi-expected change happens that follows down a path that’s not quite as satisfying as it could have been. Nevertheless, even though Superintelligence has no chance of taking the place of Spy (2015) as my favourite McCarthy film, I have no regrets about watching it.

Watch it if you’re curious and because the performances are fun.

Happy Film Loving

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SUPERINTELLIGENCE (2020): New Trailer Starring Melissa McCarthy, Brian Tyree Henry, James Corden, Bobby Cannavale…

Superintelligence (2020), Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros. Pictures
Superintelligence (2020), Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros. Pictures

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Superintelligence (2020).


Imagine your life being turned upside down because you’re selected for observation by the world’s first superintelligence – a form of artificial intelligence that may or may not take over the world.

In new action/comedy Superintelligence, that is the reality of Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy), the most average person on Earth.

Directed by Ben Falcone; additional key cast includes James Corden, Bobby Cannavale and Jean Smart.

I’m hoping this is a good McCarthy movie because it’s good to see her back; along with Cannavale and Henry.

I’m now definitely trying to decide which famous person’s voice I’d like Superintelligence to adopt if I were in Carol’s shoes. Right now I’m thinking Kristen Bell, Angela Bassett, Phylicia Rashad or Vegan actor/influencer Tabitha Brown. Or perhaps, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bradley Cooper and other males with great deep voices.

Who would be your ideal Superintelligence voice?

Sarah Baker, Jock McKissic, Karan Soni, Jwaundace Candece, Michael Beach, Usman Ally, Damon Jones, Jay Lay, Jenna Perusich, and Carolyn Trahan also star.

Superintelligence Release Dates: November 26th, 2020 (US)…

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THE KITCHEN (2019): New Trailer From Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson…

The Kitchen (2019), Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros. Pictures

Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Melissa MacCarthy and Domhnall Gleeson are the stars of new crime / drama The Kitchen.

Directed by Andrea Berloff, it’s the story of the wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s, as they continue to operate their imprisoned husbands’ rackets…

I’m in for the Widows (2018) vibes. I’ll of course be comparing the two movies. Which will I like more? I wonder…

Common, Margo Martindale, James Badge Dale, Jeremy Bobb, Bill Camp and Brian d’Arcy James also star.

The Kitchen Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US); September 20th, 2019 (UK)…

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THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS (2018): New Trailer From Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale…

The Happytime Murders (2018), Melissa McCarthy
The Happytime Murders (2018), Melissa McCarthy

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.

The Happytime Murders Release Dates: August 17th, 2018 (US); August 24th, 2018 (UK)…

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CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (2018): New Trailer From Melissa McCarthy, Dolly Wells, Richard E. Grant…

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018), Melissa McCarthy
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018), Melissa McCarthy

Directed by Marielle Heller; starring Melissa McCarthy, Dolly Wells and Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the true story of Lee Israel.

Israel was a celebrity biographer whose writing fell out of step with current tastes. And so Israel turned her art form to deception…

There’s no doubt in my mind that McCarthy’s performance will prove notable. I just hope that the story’s execution is adequately engaging overall. I’d be even more confident if I didn’t feel as though this trailer had revealed more than it probably needed to.

Also, knowing that ‘acting queen’ Julianne Moore dropped out of playing McCarthy’s role is not a thing that results in increased confidence. Nevertheless, all could still turn out great because as well as being a biography / drama, Can You Ever forgive Me? is also a comedy.

Jennifer Westfeldt, Joanna Adler, Julie Ann Emery, Alice Kremelberg and Anna Deavere Smith also star.

Can You Ever forgive Me? Release Dates: October 19th, 2018…

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GHOSTBUSTERS (2016): The Things I Liked…

Ghostbusters (2016), Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones
Ghostbusters (2016), Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Chris Hemsworth, Ghostbusters is simultaneously everything I expected and also what I did not expect. The former because the trailers were so very disappointing that I really ought to have known. The latter because the director is Paul Feig, the man who brought us big comedy hits such as Bridesmaids (2011) and Spy (2015). 

Surely if anyone could do right by the much loved Ghostbusters classic it would be Feig, no?  Apparently not because the words that went through my mind as I watched Ghostbusters were ‘Oh, this is bad and slow.’ ’Why does the green slime feel ridiculous, unfunny and the special effects dated?’ ‘Why am I not laughing?’ ‘Is this movie made for nine to fourteen year-olds?’ Was the production just a mad rush?’ ‘Where did it all go wrong? I had such high HOPES! (before I saw the trailers)’.

Ghostbusters (2016), Leslie Jones
Ghostbusters (2016), Leslie Jones

Even though the trailers did leave plenty to be desired, I didn’t really believe that we’d end up with  what feels like a wasted opportunity and a Paul Feig movie I’d much rather forget.

Within all the madness, I did manage to find a few highlights. Firstly, there’s the great line or two delivered by Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) when he’s questioned about his glasses. Second, Leslie Jones’s energy and commitment to her character is something that really helped with my engagement levels. Third, the role played by Zach Woods – because he has great facial expressions and eyeballs. Last but certainly not least, Bill Murray. His character’s appearance actually helped lift things for a good few seconds, far from long enough, obviously.

At this point, I’d just really love for  Feig’s next movie to be great because rightly or wrongly, he’s the one I’m most disappointed in.

Happy Film Loving

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (2016): The Things I liked…

Central Intelligence (2016), Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson
Central Intelligence (2016), Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson

Central Intelligence is a watchable action/ comedy because of the dynamic between Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson’s characters. As for how believable I found the movie in regards to the way some of the story and action unfolded, let’s just say my disbelief was hardly ever fully suspended.

Watch it for the light entertainment. Just don’t expect to be convinced by everything that takes place.

Jason Bateman’s small part is a highlight as was the message about bullying.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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