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RED NOTICE (2021): The Thing I Liked…

I’m disappointed to say that ‘quite forgettable’ is the most fitting phrase for how I feel about Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds’s latest action/crime/comedy, Red Notice.

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, I had a telling ‘bad feeling’ within the first few minutes of the movie starting. The kind of feeling that let me know that Red Notice won’t be as fun and engaging as I’d hoped.

I was soon proven right when the question ‘Why am I bored?’ crossed my mind during the scenes before the forty-minute mark. The answer is, the lacking script/story edit, a Johnson/Reynolds dynamic that didn’t work for me right away, a performance by Gadot that fell surprisingly flat, and the fact that very little if anything about Red Notice played as adequately new and exciting. 

I was finally fully engaged and glued to the action taking place at around the fortieth minute. I wish I could say it was all good from that point on, but even though there were some clever/fun moments, overall, what Thurber’s film did most well for me is not what I expected. 

In addition to doing well at setting up a sequel that might be more fun, Red Notice brought to mind Daniel Craig’s best Bond films. No doubt because Craig’s films excelled in areas that Red Notice did not. Especially where great pacing, highly engaging dialogue, well-drawn characters and exciting action sequences are concerned. 

I needed Red Notice to be better. But I wouldn’t call it completely unwatchable. Give it a chance if you’re particularly curious. 

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RED NOTICE (2021): New Trailer From Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot…

Red Notice (2021), Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Netflix
Red Notice (2021), Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Red Notice (2021).

Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson’s latest action/crime/comedy, Red Notice tells the story of an Interpol agent. One whose job it is to track the world’s most wanted art thief.

From writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber; additional key cast includes Vincenzo Amato, Ivan Mbakop and Ritu Arya.

Talk about a super generous injection of charisma in one movie! How will I stay calm when I sit down to watch this? Not so easily is the answer.

Before I realised just how great this cast is, the other thing I noticed right away is Johnson’s brown leather jacket. Perhaps it’s the combination of the jacket and his character’s law enforcement status. But, the sight took me right back to the very fun early scenes of The Other Guys (2010).

Back to Red Notice: I’m even more excited for this one because Thurber directed one of my favourite comedies. We’re the Millers (2013). And, the happy news doesn’t end there, because We’re the Millers 2 is officially on the way.

May both movies be as fun as my greedy heart desires.

Red Notice Release Dates: November 12th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD (2021): New trailer From Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson…

The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021), Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate Movies
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021), Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate Movies

A sequel to Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek’s action/comedy/adventure The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) is here.

Directed once again by Patrick Hughes; bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) is, against hi swill, reunited with assassin Darius Kincaid (Jackson), And the two of them must work together to save Darius’s wife Sonia (Hayek).

In addition to being ready for The Hitman’s Bodyguard‘s very special brand of ‘definitely not realistic‘ but fun action sequences, plus great dialogue, I can’t wait to see Hayek as an action star in this sequel.

The three leads, Reynolds, Hayek and Jackson are some of the most fun talk show guests you could ever wish to see. Especially if the host in question is my absolute favourite, Graham Norton. As such and for several other reasons, there’s just got to be no way that the three of them on screen together won’t result in plenty of fun for all involved; particularly the audience.

Morgan Freeman, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas, Richard E. Grant, Caroline Goodall, Giulio Berruti, Blake Ritson, Gabriella Wright, Tomi May, Dragan Micanovic and Hiten Patel also star.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Release Dates: June 16th, 2021 (US); June 23rd, 2021 (UK)…

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FREE GUY (2020): New Trailer Starring Ryan Reynolds, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer…

Free Guy (2020), Ryan Reynolds, 20th Century Fox
Free Guy (2020), Ryan Reynolds, 20th Century Fox

Directed by Shawn Levy, Ryan Renolds’s new action/comedy Free Guy has a new trailer.

Also starring Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Joe Keery Free Guy has Reynolds an NPC (Non Player Character) inside a brutal, open world video game.

Interesting. I think I like the original trailer released back in December 2019 more than I do this one. Not that this is a bad trailer. However, this particular edit makes the ‘good guy’ aspect of Reynolds’s character feel especially contrived.

Perhaps I’m having trouble divorcing Reynolds from his Deadpool (2016) character ,and can’t fully buy him as his Guy character. It could also be that all my ‘good guy’ interest level has been assigned completely to Ted Lasso (2020). Maybe.

Or, maybe I’m completely wrong and end up loving this movie come its December 2020 release date. Maybe indeed.

Aaron W Reed, Kenneth Israel, Leah Procito, Owen Burke, Jamaal Burcher and Britne Oldford also star.

Free Guy Release Dates

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Warner Bros. Pictures
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Warner Bros. Pictures

I enjoyed Pikachu’s cuteness, his red cheeks and the vibrant yellow of his fur. I remember being relieved when 20 minutes in, I finally heard Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu. Nevertheless, it’s unfortunate that I can’t say I had a good time while watching Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

From director Rob Letterman and set in  a world where people collect pocket monsters (Pokémon) to do battle, Pokémon Detective Pikachu focuses on  an intelligent monster (Pikachu) who wants to be a detective, and his new lonely friend Tim (Justice Smith).

I must first admit that I never really got into Pokémon as a child and I’m sure this has a little something to do with why I didn’t enjoy Letterman’s film – but only a little something.

In all honesty, I thought the film would have been funnier. But instead, the main focus is on a troubled father/son relationship resulting in some rather emotional scenes, most of which felt awkward and somehow out of place. Certainly out of place with my expectations at least, but also I feel, out of place with the tone that was set in the trailer.

There’s even a moment where it seemed obvious that the simple removal of a certain item of headgear towards the end, could have prevented a lot of mayhem, but I guess to keep the story moving, the obviousness of that solution seemed to be deliberately ignored.

Overall, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a movie very likely most enjoyed by long time fans of Pokémon. As a non-superfan, I unfortunately think that the script/story needed more work.

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6 UNDERGROUND (2019): The Things I Liked…

6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix
6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Corey Hawkins and Mélanie Laurent, 6 Underground, the latest action / thriller from Michael Bay only kind of found its way after the first hour.

I say ‘found its way’ when what I really mean is, things became most fun to watch past the hour mark. Before then, I was simply left desperate for the character background detail of the six off-the-grid agents focused on eliminating notorious criminals. I was also eagerly waiting to be gripped by everything that was happening.

Eventually, some of the character backstory did come but it certainly wasn’t soon enough or executed in the most satisfying way. The good news is that I did finally stop wanting for things and just got engrossed in all the fun past the hour point; thanks to all the action sequences in Hong Kong, plus everything else that happens after.

Other notable highlights include the opening visuals at the very beginning . I’m quite the sucker for good opening visuals. I also really enjoyed the few seconds later on when Reynolds’s character speaks in a British accent. 

Overall, even with one, two or more fairly obvious continuation errors, luckily for me, I don’t find Bay’s movie to be a total waste of time but it definitely did need at least one more story draft.

Should you decide to watch it, maybe hold out for the scenes in Hong Kong, which start at around one hour into the movie.

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FREE GUY (2020): New trailer From Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Lil Rel Howery…

Free Guy (2020), Jodie Comer, Ryan Reynolds, 20th Century Fox
Free Guy (2020), Jodie Comer, Ryan Reynolds, 20th Century Fox

Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who realises that he’s actually an NPC (Non Player Character) inside a brutal, open world video game.

Directed by Shawn Levy, additional key cast includes Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Joe Keery.

By this point I think that Reynolds must be the busiest actor right now, no? Right away I like the Howrey / Reynolds dynamic. I’m also curious about how well the the Reynolds / Coma chemistry will work.

I personally don’t play video games. As such, I had to look up the meaning of NPC but the premise is interesting and I like Reynolds so I’m definitely watching.

Britne Oldford, Owen Burke, Aaron W Reed, Leah Procito, Jamaal Burcher and Kenneth Israel also star.

Free Guy Release Dates

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6 UNDERGROUND (2019): New Trailer From Michael bay, Starring Ryan Reynolds, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, BEN HARDY…

6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix
6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of 6 Underground (2019).

Director Michael Bay’s latest action / thriller stars Ryan Reynolds, Dave Franco, Ben Hardy and Mélanie Laurent.

The story centres around six agents who decide to fake their own deaths and form an elite vigilante squad in order to eliminate notorious criminals.

I’m excited. Are you excited? I’m excited, mainly because of Reynolds, the good looking action sequences and also the Reynolds and Franco dynamic.

Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, Shubham Saraf, Bahara Golestani, Payman Maadi, Hélène Cardona, Lior Raz, Sebastian Roché, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sitara Attaie and James Murray also star.

6 Underground Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 / Netflix…

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