Christmas approaches and with it, a slew of feel-good films. Some good, some bad, some utter catastrophes. Second Act, directed by Peter Segal, falls into the latter category as a film so farcical it’s embarrassing.
Maya (Jennifer Lopez) is incensed after she loses out on a promotion at work that goes to an educated douche. On her birthday she makes a wish that she lived in a world where “street smarts equal book smarts”. And honestly if the film had taken that explicitly magical route, it would have been better for it. Instead, her best friend’s cyber-savvy son overhears, makes her a fake CV and Facebook page, and sends in an application on her behalf to a top finance firm. She has a five minute interview and she’s hired, despite not even appearing to check beforehand what the job was for. Because it’s just that easy you guys. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Second Act (2018)
Based on the book of the same name by Darcey Bell, A Simple Favour sees Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a mummy blogger, trying to raise her young son (Joshua Satine) on her own while keeping up an Energiser bunny-like enthusiasm. Despite her willingness to get involved she hasn’t made many friends, and quickly becomes enamoured by one of the other mothers, the mysterious Emily Nelson (Blake Lively). After sharing a series of playdates where they drink cocktails and exchange secrets, Emily asks Stephanie for a simple favour while her husband (Henry Golding) is away: to pick up her son (Ian Ho) from school. A few days later, there’s still no sign of Emily. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Simple Favour (2018)
There’s rich and then there’s crazy rich.
Based on the 2013 book of the same name by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians is adapted for the screen by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, and directed by Jon M. Chu. At the film’s core is Rachel (Constance Wu), an economics professor in New York who is invited to Singapore by her boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), to meet his family. Unbeknownst to Rachel, Nick belongs to one of the wealthiest families in Asia. As they all prepare for Nick’s best friend Colin’s (Chris Pang) wedding to the vivacious Araminta (Sonoya Mizuno), Rachel realises she may be in over her head. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Roger Moore had his time to shine, and we’ve had our fair share of Bond films over the years. Now it’s the ladies’ turn. It doesn’t take a genius to recognise the nod of the film’s title; it’s just a shame that instead of turning convention on its head, The Spy Who Dumped Me is a rather bland effort. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
Bust out the champers. It’s time to party because Mamma Mia is back. With the stage musical returning to Melbourne just last week, it’s a busy time for Bjorn and Benny with the sequel now hitting screens. But with Meryl dead and almost all of the big ABBA hits already done in the original, what exactly does Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again have in store for us ten years later? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
Amy Schumer stars in I Feel Pretty, directed and written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (How to Be Single, He’s Just Not That Into You) who direct here for the first time. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: I Feel Pretty (2018)
It’s finally coming to an end. And for that we can be thankful. The last instalment in this woeful franchise, Fifty Shades Freed is directed by James Foley, responsible for the last POS. The finale sees Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) marry Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and have lots more sex. Continue reading Film Review: Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
At the start of November the Christmas decorations start to adorn the city, carols start to be played through the supermarket radio channels, and grinches complain that it’s still two bloody months away. But SCREW THOSE PEOPLE because Christmas is everything! And it’s near enough for our first Christmas release of the year, Bad Moms 2 (originally titled A Bad Moms Christmas before someone realised how lame that sounded). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Bad Moms 2 (2017)
Current marketing for Home Again quotes a reviewer who declared it an “instant classic”. And I’m here to tell you that whoever said that is a moron. Writer/director Hallie Meyers-Shyer delivers her feature debut, trying in vain to measure up to the successful schmaltz of her parents, Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated, The Holiday, The Intern) and Charles Shyer (Father of the Bride/2, I Love Trouble, Alfie). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Home Again (2017)