Monday, May 22, 2017

Baywatch: Movie Review


   


A fun and entertaining ride into the ridiculousness.
When Mitch (Dwayne Johnson) describes their lifeguard job as saving lives, chasing down criminals, uncovering intricate crime rings and doing everything that the police should be doing, Zac Efron’s character Matt Brody responds “that sounds like an entertaining but really far-fetched TV show.” Considering that’s what Baywatch is, it’s only fitting that that’s also what this movie remake is as well. For the most part, entertaining, but also utterly ridiculous and they play that up big time. 2017

Directed by: Seth Gordon

Screenplay by: Mark Swift, Damian Shannon

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Everything, Everything: Movie Review


Romance carries the movie, everything else sinks it.

Everything, Everything wants to be both everything and nothing at the same time, and that doesn’t work. On one hand it looks like it wants to be a cool, quirky, edgy flick, and it fails at that. At other times, all it's trying to be is a straight-forward teen romantic drama and it definitely succeeds at that. The story is straight out of The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, and I’m not sure if the filmmakers think they have something original on their hands or not, so I would like to just avoid that issue. 2017

Directed by: Stella Meghie

Screenplay by: J. Mills Goodloe
Based on the book by Nicola Yoon

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Snatched: Movie Review


   


Implausibility rules raunchy adventure comedy with mother-daughter relationship.
As demonstrated in Trainwreck, Amy Schumer is really good at playing an extreme version of a regular woman – being relatable and funny at the same time. In Snatched, Schumer’s Emily is more incompetent than the average woman, and is really funny when she quits her job right after she’s fired or breaking up with her boyfriend right after he dumps her (speaking of which, Randall Park was great as said boyfriend). 2017

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

Screenplay by: Katie Dippold

Starring: Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn