TL;DR – While it focuses on the charismatic nature of Bundy and his toxic effects, that is all the film has going for it, and that is not enough when you are exploring a narrative like this.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit sequence
Murder, it is a topic most foul, but it is also one that is ripe for
adaptation. We have seen this time and time again, and today we are looking
film depicting the life of one of the most heinous serial killers in American
history. There is a lot of obsession around him due to his charismatic nature
and the way he used the media in his trial, after numerous escapes from
custody. Quite often this obsession is deeply problematic, so when you are
dealing with a film in which he is the core subject you have to be very
careful. Today we are looking at Extremely
Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a film that attempts this but does not
So to set the scene, in the middle of the 1970s and Liz (Lily Collins) is out
at a bar with her friend Joanna (Angela Sarafyan). Joanna wanted Liz to have a
little fun, instead of being stuck at home with her daughter and there is one
man that has not taken his eyes off her. He walks over and introduces himself
as Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) and the two instantly hit it off. However, not long
after they move in together Ted is arrested in Utah on what he claims are
trumped up charges. This begins a long march for justice and the long decline
of Liz’s health.
TL;DR – They are clearly going for heart-warming, and they mostly succeed, however, the predictable story and character arcs leave a lot to be desired.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – No
So this one sort of snuck up on me at the end of the year. I didn’t really have much of an intention to go see it, but it was cheap Tuesday and I was there, so what the hell, and I am mostly glad I did … maybe. For one, this is a musical, a genre that you don’t see on the big screen that often anymore, so that’s refreshing. It also has a cast that is giving their all to this movie and it shows, but you can’t help having some issues with it as you walked out of the cinemas.
TL;DR – The Disaster Artist is … Well, it is certainly … Well um … what did I just watch?
Score – I have no right idea out of 5 stars
P.S. – There is a very odd post-credit scene
Ok let’s get this out of the way right from the start, I have never watched The Room the film by Tommy Wiseau on which The Disaster Artist based on. Have I heard about it? Yes of course, whenever there is a discussion of worst films or scenes or actors or scripts or well you name it The Room is there. So while I have not watched it, I am familiar with it, but I have never felt the need to watch it all the way through. Look I know it has become a bit of a cult classic, but unlike films that have become cult classics like the Rocky Horror Picture Show or Tron, it always felt that people were more than a little mean-spirited watching something just to make fun of how bad it is. But here we are 20 odd years later and so let’s take a dive into the production of what is considered the worst film ever made by some.
TL;DR – It tries to tread a familiar path with tone and execution, but lacks the charm with its story and Dwayne Johnson’s charisma can only get you so far.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
So to be fair, where ever possible I try to read nothing about a film before I go see it, because I want my first viewing to be through my own eyes and not the through the lens of other people’s views, it’s why I avoid trailers wherever possible. However, for Baywatch that simply was not possible as it released a week later here in Australia and the mixed reviews were everywhere. So when I walked into the cinema I was not really expecting anything of great quality, possibly even a dumpster fire of a film. However, I do have to say it’s not that bad, I mean it is not great, or even good, more borderline, but if anything it is just a real missed opportunity. Now throughout this review, I am going to be referring to 21 Jump Street (2012) and its sequel 22 Jump Street (2014) a bit. Now, on the one hand, I do think generally films should stand or fall on their own merit, however in the case of sequels or here when they were clearly trying to replicate the success of a previous movie, well then you can’t help but invite comparisons.
TL;DR – About as enjoyable as an overseas destination wedding
Score – 1.5 out of 5 stars
You know this is a movie I have seen so many times now, to the point I was going to have my review be same as – The Night Before, Dirty Grandpa, Grimsby and on and on and on. It feels like when The Hangover exploded on the screens, and Hollywood realised that people would go watch an R-rated comedy they decided that this would be the only type of R-rated comedy that would sell, so they change the setting and the cast, well actually no, not the cast because you see the same cast members over and over again, I’m looking at you Zac Efron, and the same wacky adventure, with the same jump scare humour, the only difference is trying to outgross the last successful film to see where the line in the sand is. All of this, at best, gets quite boring to watch, and at worse can actually drag down really important issues with it, see Bad Neighbours 2. I would like to say Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates breaks this trend and tries to do something different like Deadpool, but alas not, it is the same old shtick with a new colour of paint over the top.
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.