TL;DR – It has strong characters, a great story, and some of the best laughs so far this year while still having substance behind it.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Well, 2019 has not been the best year for comedy, with very few films getting
that double goal of being both funny but also having some substance to it.
However, when I walked into Late Night
I was more than a little optimistic about its prospects. That is because the
writer and star Mindy Kaling is an amazing comedian and Emma Thompson is always
bringing her A-game. Well, as I walked out it was nice to realise that I was
able to get at least something right this year.
So to set the scene, Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is the first-ever female
host of a late-night talk show and has been a mainstay of the late-night world
for decades. She has won multiple Emmys and awards but the show has stagnated
over the last couple of years and her new boss Caroline Morton (Amy Ryan) is
looking to shake things up with a replacement host. Meanwhile, Molly Patel (Mindy
Kaling) works at a chemical plant and uses the plant’s connections to interview
for a job she has always wanted as a writer at a late-night comedy show. Her
interview went poorly, but Katherine now needs to shake things up and well this
might be it.
TL;DR – To be honest this film feels like some fan fiction that came to life, good fan fiction, silly but in a fun kind of way.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a sort of mid-credit sequence
As a series I’ve really liked each of the Pitch Perfect films, they blend humour with fun characters, and great musical performances. So walking into the third and potentially final film, if its promotion can be believed, there was a bit of trepidation on my part. Cinema is full of movies that can’t stick the landing on the trilogy, and have instead gone out on a fizzle rather than a bang. Well, I am happy to say that Pitch Perfect 3 is not one of those films and hell you even get the bang in the first five minutes. So let’s dive in and look at our first film review of 2018.
TL;DR – When people ask me what a close but no cigar film is I will now be able to use The Accountant as my go-to example, it’s an ok film, but it could have been so much more.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Review – The Accountant is a really interesting movie, it has one of the strongest cast in cinema at the moment, and has some fantastic set piece action sequences, and some really important representations. However, and I am sorry to have this however so close to the start, as a movie it just doesn’t quite work. So in this review, I am not just going to review the film, but also break down why the film just doesn’t work as well as it could have.