Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel and Casey Affleck’s latest drama is Our Friend. A story about the support a couple gets from their best friend after they receive life-altering news.
Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite; Additional key cast includes Gwendoline Christie, Cherry Jones and Marielle Scott.
I find myself surprised by this mix of actors is. It’s perhaps most surprising because of Segel, an actor I always picture first in comedy films (Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), I Love You, Man (2009) and This is 40 2012), rather than dramas.
I’m in forJohnson’s performance and to see how this friendship triangle story is navigated. I say ‘triangle’ but there’s also the forth element; Segel’s character’s girlfriend who’s waiting for him to return.
Ahna O’Reilly, Violet McGraw, Reed Diamond, Azita Ghanizada, Michael Papajohn, Ritchie Montgomery, Isabella Kai, Chandler Head and Jennifer Pierce Mathus.
The High Note is the story of Maggie (Dakota Johnson), an overworked personal assistant who has a decision to make. A choice about what she wants her future to look like, and her vision involves her superstar singer boss, Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross).
Directed by Nisha Ganatra; The High Note is for me, at best an OK film that I found more enjoyable from around the one hour point. Before then, though still watchable, Ganatra’s movie seemed to have a missing piece. It didn’t help that I wasn’t overly enthused by the songs featured as the ones that made Davis successful. A truth that unfortunately made me buy into the whole ‘Grace Davis as a singing superstar’ premise that little bit less.
Luckily, as is often the case with non biographical music films, the best songs were saved for towards the end. Songs that in my opinion fit Ellis Ross’s singing voice and or my music tastes that much more than the earlier ones.
Unexpectedly, the singing I ended up enjoyed the most in The High Note comes courtesy of Kelvin Harrison Jr.’s character, David. Assuming it’s Harrison Jr. who’s actually singing, let’s just say I’m ready to hear his voice on a full album and you just might too.
All the music aside, I enjoyed the performances in Ganatra’s film. Though it’s not perfect and it all seemed to end a tad abruptly, I don’t regret watching the story of young Maggie’s challenging journey to her ideal job; one that includes a sprinkling of romance, some funny moments and an unexpected friendship.
One last very random thing, The High Note happens to be the second movie I’ve now seen where Johnson is sporting a beautiful brown suede jacket. The first was Bad Times at the El Royale (2018). I guess it’s safe to say that I officially have a thing for brown fringed suede jackets. Especially the one in the latter film.
In new music/drama The High Note which stars Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross, Ross is superstar singer Grace Davis. Davis’s over-worked assistant (Johnson) has a choice to make. one that could change the course of both their respective careers.
Directed by Nisha Ganatra; additional key cast includes Bill Pullman, June Diane Raphael and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
I’m intrigued by the Grace/Maggie friendship and hoping for a great standout song at the end.
I’m not sure whether Ross is doing all the singing herself, but my ears were definitely expecting a deeper singing voice than what we hear in this trailer. Especially since her speaking voice has such a pleasant soothing bass.
Eddie Izzard, Zoe Chao, Ben Lewis, Deniz Akdeniz, Rupak Ginn, Diplo, Sandra Rosko, Sonal Shah and Molly Malin also star.
My favourite thing about the latest Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz and Armmie Hammer horror / mystery Wounds is how well writer / director Babak Anvari captured the tension; especially in the first thirty minutes.
All about the the strange things that start happening to a bartender after he picks up a phone left at his bar, I found that things started to go wrong for me when Hammer’s character made / didn’t make a decision that seemed so obvious to me. And because the rest of the story hung ever so loosely on his character’s decision – one that I did not buy, the film simply lost me and my trust.
In light of this, the real main issue with Wounds is that it barely makes sense. By the very end, I decided that Anvari’s movie is based on a script that needed much more work. Yes, there are moments that were well written and acted but the glaring gaps in the script were simply that, far too glaring.
If you’re a die-hard Hammer and Johnson fan, then sure give it a chance if you’re especially curious, and also if you don’t mind swarming bugs. I definitely watched the swarming bugs scenes through my fingers. Otherwise, it’s very much the tension in the first half of the film that’s most notable.
Have you seen Wounds, the film with the ‘very appealing’ name? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
In new adventure story Peanut Butter Falcon, Zak (Zack Gottsagen) is a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from a nursing home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.
Directed by Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz and also starring Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern, Zak must convince small time outlaw Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) to help him…
‘Where’s this going?’ That was my initial thought at the start of this trailer. but by the end I was won over, completely. Now I’m in the mood for adventure, humour and I’m looking forward to seeing LaBeouf in a role that doesn’t seem as dark as his other relatively recent ones.
John Hawkes, Deja Dee, Thomas Haden Church, Jon Bernthal, Yelawolf, Jake Roberts and Mick Foley also star.
A world-renowned dance company is the setting and the story is about a darkness that swirls at its centre. One that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist.
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Mia Goth star while Luca Guadagnino directs…
The slight Black Swan (2010) vibes help; however it’s really Swinton and my curiosity for seeing Johnson doing well in a film outside of the Fifty Shades of Grey movies; these are my reasons for watching.
Lutz Ebersdorf, Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven and Elena Fokina also star.
It’s that time again! Time for the next movie in E.L. James best selling Fifty Shades trilogy. Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and Rita Ora are joined by Arielle Kebbel in Fifty Shades Freed. This timeChristian and Anastasia are an official couple and Anastasia finds herself still haunted by Christian’s past…
You may have already guessed but I’m not watching this movie because I’m expecting great things. I’ve seen the first two so I pretty much know what I can expect in terms of the general gist of the story, the often questionable dialogue and phrases I’ll be forced to verbalise such as, ‘what rubbish!’
The key reason I’m tuning in is because as per a great quote from one of the characters in an old classic British sitcom called Desmonds, ‘You can’t swallow a whole cow and then choke at the tail.’
Additionally, I really, really, REALLY, very much want a good look at that stunning wedding dress.