TL;DR – Based on some strong character work, Irresistible is a riot of laughs from start to finish, but it still has something important it wants to say.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and end-credit scene
Irresistible Review –
It is rare for a film to catch me completely off guard these days. In the era of trailers giving most of the game away and the pretty standard plot structure that most films follow, you tend to know what you are getting yourself into before you sit down in the theatre. Well, today, I look at a movie that surprised me from the start and never let up.
So to set the scene, we open on the night before the 2016 Presidential elections where Democratic party representative Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell) and his Republican counterpart Faith Brewster (Rose Byrne) are giving their final pitches to the nation in the ‘spin room’. Well, we all know how that election turned out, and much like the literal depiction of a cannonball to the gut Gary is in a state of despair. However, a couple of years later as mid-terms approach he is trying to find a way to reconnect with heartland voters when he stumbles across a viral video of Colonel Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper) in Deerlaken, Minnesota. Jack is standing up to the local Mayor Braun (Brent Sexton) over his stance on immigration. Gary has found his gateway to the heartland and flies to Minnesota and agrees to run Jack’s campaign for Mayor.
TL;DR – This is a movie that is contemplative, tension, and fascinating as all get, a must watch for any fan of the science fiction genre.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Motherhood is a concept that does not get as much exploration in the science
fiction world. Yes, of course, there is the waring mothers of Aliens, but they tend to be the
exception rather than the rule. So when you see a science fiction post-apocalyptical
film titled I Am Mother, you immediately
sit up and take notice and thankfully the final product is such an amazing work
So to set the scene, at some point in the future humanity finally did it, we
went and killed ourselves off in an extinction level event. Thankfully, some
people saw this coming and hid a facility away in the mountains filled with embryos
in stasis and a backup carer if no one could make it. With that Mother (Rose
Byrne & Luke Hawker) is activated and sets the process going for the first
new human birth, even as the bunker shakes with the last throes of the
conflict. Many years later and Daughter (Clara Rugaard) has grown up, living
her life under the care of Mother. However, one day something bangs against the
airlock and everything she knew gets thrown into chaos.
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 – Ok straight off the bat this is not as good as the last two, but it is still a pretty good outing for the X-Men, and leagues ahead of the Last Stand
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
P.S. there is a post credit scene
So here we are with the six main film in the X-Men franchise, we’ve had one franchise killer, we’ve had one reboot, and a resurgence, so can Apocalypse continue the strong trend of First Class and Days of Future Past? Well no. Now I’m not saying it is a bad film, honestly it is just a disappointing one at times.
TL;DR – This is an interesting film however, it just does not work really well, it is not that the film does not bring up some interesting issues, it’s just that they are overwhelmed by a standard Seth Rogen comedy and everything that goes with that.
Score – 2 out of 5 stars
Review – So well, yer, this is quite a difficult film to review, because there are many things about Bad Neighbours 2 that are really interesting, and I really want to give the film props for talking about them. But, and trust me it is a big but, you have to wade through so much rubbish to get to those moments, and there are other films that do it better.
TL;DR – It is a film that does not know if it wants to be a PG family action film, or an R raunchy exercise, and ends up being neither
Score – 2 out 5 Stars
In the end, my feeling on this film are quite mixed, some aspects of it really worked and others just really didn’t. I would describe this movie as a collage, where the writer/director Paul Feig has taken ideas from a number of movies and melded it all together into this film, and not always successfully. To explain what I mean, I going to break down the different components of the film, and yes this is about to get spoilery (You have been warned).