TL;DR – It surpasses its generic premise with some absolute joy until it hits a point where it can’t decide on the tone it wants to go for.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and post-credit scene
Disclosure – I paid for the Paramount+ service that viewed this film
Secret Headquarters Review –
If there is one genre that is king at the time of writing, it is the superhero movie. But in a world dominated by one genre, you rarely see films that are not coming from the big two titans of Marvel and DC. Today, we look at a movie that breaks that duopoly, as long as you don’t look too closely at the Iron Man-ish details.
So to set the scene, one night in the backwoods of America, Jack (Owen Wilson) and his wife Lilly (Jesse Williams) were enjoying a fire by their campsite when there was an explosion in the sky. Soon a jet fighter and something else fall out of the sky. Given how remote they are, Jack races to help when he finds a stranded Captain Irons (Jesse Williams) and a crashed UFO. An orb comes out of the ship, scans the two, and picks only Jack to be its guardian before self-destructing. 10-years-later Jack and Lilly are divorced because Jack spends too much time “at work,” almost always ignoring his son Charlie (Walker Scobell). On Charlie’s birthday, Jack flakes out again but unknowingly leaves Charlie alone in his house. When Charlie invites his friends Berger (Keith L. Williams), Maya (Momona Tamada), and Lizzie (Abby James Witherspoon) over, they accidentally stumble on his secret lair because Jack is not just a delinquent father working at an IT company but The Guard, a superhero saving the world from calamities.
TL;DR – This is a film that on the surface is really crass, but they use that crassness as a cover to tell a story with real heart
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Well, this might be one of the biggest surprises that I have seen so far this
year. To be honest, I was not really sure what I was going to see when I sat
down at my screening of Good Boys.
However, given it was being produced by Seth Rogan, and written by this guy who
wrote Year One there may have been
some subconscious preconceptions floating there. But what I could not expect
was a film with real heart.
So to set the scene, we open in on our main trio Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith
L. Williams), and Thor (Brady Noon) who are in the first weeks of Middle School
in year six. They have been friends forever and call themselves the Beanbag
Boys, but while they have been inseparable in life to this point things are
rapidly changing. Max is trying to get the courage to ask out Brixlee (Millie
Davis), Lucas is struggling with changing family life, and Thor is trying to
escape his past reputation and be accepted by the cool kids like Soren (Izaac
Wang). All of this comes to a head one day when Max is invited to a kissing
party setting off a chain of events that change everything.