How Deep Is The Ocean (Movie Thoughts: Ocean’s 8)

o8This isn’t really my kind of movie. I never saw the previous ones, and I am probably the only one in the world who hasn’t. But sure, this all-female cast is alluring, and surely anything with Cate Blanchett in it is worth my time, so, yeah I went ahead and played and saw ‘Ocean’s 8.’   And I didn’t die from watching it. Ultimately, I was underwhelmed. I expected glitz, glamour, over-the-top production. It didn’t deliver that.

What I got was a mild action film, with a snazzy performance from Anne Hathaway – she steals the film from all her co-stars. Sandra Bullock was competent, and her assured subdued confidence is certainly appealing, but too low-key at times. Cate Blanchette just showed up and did what she did – she wasn’t given that much to do, and she did it well. Rhianna was just there – she really did not make any splashy impression, showing as much ‘star power’ as Awkwafina (What the eff is that name, by the way)

yrThis could have been much better. I think it would have benefitted from a female or gay point of view. For example, I think it would have been great if the ladies’ wardrobes reflected their characters more – I am imagining Rhianna’s Island wardrobe, for example. And the screenplay could have used some tightening. I was expecting non-stop action instead of the press and play pace we have here. All in all, it wasn’t a total disappointment, but ultimately unmemorable.

When Monster Calls (Movie Thoughts: Colossal)

colossal-posterjpg‘Colossal’ is one of those difficult movies to describe, and that almost turned me off it. It’s a comedy, a little bit of a drama, a thriller, a sci-fi. It’s a lot of things, but director Nacho Vigalondo makes sure everything is balanced. the first part of the film is kind of fun, as it sets up its whole premise, and the second half of the film gets a lot darker. Some may think the film is a bit schizophrenic that way, but that didn’t bother me as I thought the progression was warranted. To say anything else would be to spoil the movie.

And it has great performances. I had wondered about Anne Hathaway – has she suffered the Academy Best Supporting Actress curse? But she is great here, giving an innocent yet guilty vibe that reminded me of her earlier less-affected performances. Jason Sudeikis nearly steals the movie from her come the latter part of the film. I have never gotten his appeal, as he always played affable guy roles. I think now I would like to see him in darker roles.

colossal_poster_1rrAfter all that, I would say that I wish I loved the movie. I liked it a lot, and admire it as well, but I had no connection to it. It’s not one I would seek to see again or ever. It’s all me, for sure. And it is also a little sad that audiences aren’t discovering the film, but I bet it will find audiences at home, and will have a cult following.

Alice and Looking (Movie Thoughts: Alice Through The Looking Glass)

large_alice_through_the_looking_glassI was Netflix-and-Chilling with a friend and we were trying to figure out what to watch when we chanced upon ‘Alice Through A Looking Glass’ and he suggested we see it. This wouldn’t have been my first choice – nor fifth – but sure I will go with the flow and see it. I remember seeing the first Tim Burton directed one, and it was okay, but not really my cup of tea – haha, see what I did there? I know this film was sort of a flop last year, and I know it was only produced and not directed by Tim Burton.

Again, for me, it’s just okay. There is a very thin plot – that of Alice (Mia Wasikowska) going back and forth with time – to ‘rescue’ Mad Hatter’s family, sort of an explanation to the Hatter’s sadness. Of course, the special effects here is awesome to look at – everything looks vibrant and full. But of course, I am not going to be the best judge of these things but visually I was impressed. Emotionally. this film is barren. I don’t think anyone connected with each other, and their interactions all seem very by-the-numbers, wherein reactions are more indicated than felt. Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen certainly tries, but you can see the rest of the cast – Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway in particular – phoning it in. One thing I have to say about the film, though: I wasn’t bored, and maybe that’s more because of my company than anything else.

Internal Affair (Movie Thoughts: The Intern)

the-intern-movie-review-hollywoodI don’t know why some people snark on Nancy Meyer’s movies. I love most of them because I love  they make me feel, so what’s the rub? I know, yes they are art-directed within an inch of their lives, but don’t you want to look at pretty things when you are watching a movie/ Her newest, “The Intern” follows the formula of a romantic comedy. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, they get back together. Only this time, the relationship is between Jules Ostin, a CEO of an e-commerce company, and her “senior” intern, Ben Whitaker. Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro are pretty much perfectly cast – they have a relaxed and vibrant chemistry, and you aren’t able to take your eyes off them. The 120 minute running time (a bit long, if I may be honest) goes by relatively quick, and in the end, the film satisfies. I know there are a lot of Hathaway haters and I never got that – she is a formidable actress, and in here she effortlessy essays the role of Julie. In the hands of a lesser actress, this could have been an unsympathetic role, but she injects the character with intelligent and charm. As for DeNiro, we have seen him do these comedic roles in the more recent part of his career, but what makes this more effective for him is his easy banter with Hathaway. Aside from a jarring scene in the middle of the movie that seems to be out of s different film, the tone for every scene is perfect – when things turn slightly serious in the last third, we see both actors display their acting chops. See this film for the performances, stay for the feel good.