TL;DR – There are some moments of real humour and it can be really heartfelt, but it has also be smashed into a rigid three-act structure to the point that you can see the plot beats coming a mile away.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Adoption and foster care are two very important issues in society today. There
are not enough foster parents for all the kids in the system, meaning that they
get bounced around from house to house, or left in a worst state than when they
came in. Which is a tragedy because these are some of the most vulnerable members
of society and we need to be protecting them. Today we look at a film that
explores this issue by looking at what happens when you go from having no kids
to having three.
So to set the scene, Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) are a couple
going through life that seemingly has it
all. They run a successful renovation business where they buy down and out houses and then do them up to flip them for
a profit. This helps gives their lives purpose, until one day Ellie’s sister
mentions that they are never going to have kids and a look ensues. This leads
to them having a look at adoption websites and being overcome by the need. So
they attend training run by Karen (Octavia Spencer) and Sharon (Tig Notaro) and
on a lunch playdate/get to know all the kids/totally weird event, they come
across Lizzy (Isabela Moner) who everyone else is ignoring because they don’t
want teenagers. They really like Lizzy but there is one catch, she comes with
two siblings Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) and all of a
sudden they become a family of five.
TL;DR – This is a film that fails at almost everything it sets out to do bar maybe one or two decent action sequences
Score – 1.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
I really enjoy action films, I appreciate the skill that has gone into the fight choreography, the explosions, and gunfights, brawls, all of it. While films that are about something are better for incorporating those themes, I don’t think it is necessarily barrier to enjoy an action film if the craft is there. This week I had not been feeling the best so I thought I would go see Mile 22 as I kind of pick me up, and well the fact I was the only one in the cinema should have been the first clue that this was not going to go as planned.
TL;DR – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – No
All the Money in the World is a fascinating film for three very different yet related reasons. First, the events and the family whose story it is telling, and the role money plays in it all. Then there are the powerful performances of the actors that are in many cases contenders for the next Oscars. Finally, there is no way that you can talk about this film without discussing the production behind the scenes because that is almost unprecedented in the industry. So in today’s review, we are going to look at all three of these points and why they all combine to create a work of art that will be studied for years to come.
TL;DR – There is a good movie in here somewhere, it’s just not the one we ended up with
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Well here we go again another Transformers film and another disappointment, though a slightly different disappointment this time round. What is interesting with Transformers is more so than say the Star Wars Prequels or other bad films, I can actually pinpoint where it was that this series fell apart for me. I was really enjoying the first two-thirds of the first film and then outside the Hoover Dam wanting to hide the AllSpark from the Decpticons the one person who had shown any military understanding up to that point goes ‘Let’s take it to Mission City to evacuate it’ and that was it in one moment my entire suspension of disbelief crashed down around me. It made no sense, sure it led to a visually spectacular action sequence, but given you were surrounded by desert the best option was to take it as far away from civilisation to protect people, and of course, a lot of people died because of that stupid decision. Since then I gave the second film a go because the first film was affected by the writer’s strike, so maybe they would learn from where they went wrong, well no, not at all. From there we had Dark of the Moon which was as bad as its title and Extinction was well more or less a bit meh. I tell you this because I came into this advanced screening with very low expectations but against my better judgement about half way through I found myself actually going along for the ride only to be let down once again.
TL;DR – There are some interesting ideas here, but the sum of its parts don’t quite add up.
Score – 2 out of 5 stars
Well this is a difficult film to review because there truly are a couple of really remarkable things that the movie does which really stand out, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t laugh, but ultimately I just left feeling that it’s just a bit meh.