Written by Mindy Kaling and set in New York City, Katherine (Emma Thompson) is a late night talk show host who’s convinced she’s about to lose her long-running show. Wanting to make a change, Molly (Kaling) is recruited and finds herself the only female member of Katherine’s writing team.
Also starring John Lithgow, Denis O’Hare, Amy Ryan, Reid Scott and Hugh Dancy, I found Late Nightto be positively dramatic and funny in equal measure. I liked the writing and appreciated how much we get to know of Katherine’s truth – both at work and home. Late Night is a story about women, by women and features a complex, interesting main character along with several others you’d find in the behind the scenes world of late night television.
There’s a part or two that seemed a tad predictable but not overly so. If you’re a fan of both Kaling and Thompson, chances are you won’t regret watching director Nisha Ganatra’s film. Kaling is fun, funny and Thompson is as good as she’s always been; meaning she’s great. Watch it and see.
Random fact. I’ve decided that Thompson is my aunt and Kaling my cousin. Lastly, a movie that came to mind as Late Night played…? The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
Dean, a drama / comedy about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love is a movie that fell a tad short of my expectations. I was initially drawn to it, in part because of the humour in the trailer but I found the film to be more dramatic than funny.
The beginning proved quite slow moving and by the halfway point, I cared more about what happened to the supporting characters than I did about the main character played by Demetri Martin. I also found the music that seemed to literally communicate characters’ feelings a tad annoying.
The illustrations that conveyed Dean’s emotions were a nice touch but even with them included, it wasn’t really until the plane scene towards the end that something somewhat memorable happened. Thanks in part to the way the incessant talker character was played.
As for Reid Scott’s role, he did well, but of course his Dan Egan character on HBO’s VEEP is far superior. What did the film really have to say about loss, grief and redemption? Exactly what you think it did.
Watch this if you absolutely must. I was about to add ‘You’re welcome.’ But that’s definitely too much, isn’t it? It’s too much. I’ll stop.
Written / directed by and starring Demetri Martin, Dean is a comedy about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love. It also stars Gillian Jacobs, Kevin Kline,Kathrine Barnes, Reid Scott…
This movie intrigues me for three reasons. The first is the promise of humour, the second is how the illustrations fit into the film. Last but not least, as a massive fan of the HBO comedy series VEEP, I think I’m going to enjoy Reid Scott in a different role. Granted that his role in this movie appears to be relatively small, I’m still looking forward to seeing what else he can do in addition to playing ‘Dan Egan’ so very well.