Today, here are three quick mini-reviews for:
- The Other Woman
- Brick Mansions
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes (John Q, The Notebook)
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton [Rated PG-13 for thematic material, sexual references and language]
A trifecta of beauty, brains and batty…The Other Woman is a fun romantic comedy that is silly and extreme (necessarily) yet fun because it is overboard yet ostentatiously relatable or plausible simultaneously. A pathological cheating liar is caught in his own lie and the trap is set to make him pay for it 3-fold! While the plot takes an unusual amount of time to be put in motion, the path along the way is, at times, annoying, yet entertaining.
A few sub-plots add predictable film fluff but create more cause for laughter and satisfaction as the story comes full circle. It may have several unnecessary parts but they add up to the whole so much that you don’t really mind. Its acceptable primary cast is fit for their roles along with a tolerable supporting cast (Kate Upton…and arguably Nicki Minaj). The Other Woman is comedy that exceeded my initial expectations and is one of the better female-led comedies released in recent years.
My Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars for The Other Woman
Directed by: Camille Delamarre (Transporter 3 [editor])
Starring: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA [Rated PG-13 for violence and language]
Anytime you see RZA attached to a movie project, it’s usually a sign…the “R” in RZA stands for “Run Away!” Is there anyone running to his defense for his role in Man with the Iron Fists or G.I. Joe: Retaliation?…anyone? I thought not. Let’s face it, most people flock to this film because of it being Paul Walker’s final completed film. And, as is true to form for most actors who unfortunately leave us prematurely, his final completed film is not very good at all, respectively.
Parkour, Police and Politics don’t mix and this film…written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, District B13, The Transporter)…is proof of that. With so many elements that seemingly are borrowed from Walker’s more famous franchise (Fast & Furious), this film neither stands on its own as original and instead is just a badly put together mix of so many others and is only interesting for the camera angle work during the fast moving parkour.
Undercover cops, drug bosses, questionable politicians, fast car races, and plenty of non-convincing villains and foreseeable plot twists given away from the very beginning, Brick Mansions takes place in Detroit and is both boring and boringly predictable. I wanted my money back…and I saw it for free! Can we please give the people of Detroit a better film?
My Score: 1 out of 5 stars for Brick Mansions
Directed by: Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, The Fantastic Mr. Fox)
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric and more. [Rated R for language, some violence and some sexual references]
Before I began my website Wes Anderson was not on my radar, but now I have come to appreciate the style and recognizable work of Mr. Anderson. Having absolutely LOVED Moonrise Kingdom, I was delighted during my stay at The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Some love Anderson’s style while others do not. I believe that viewers on both sides of the fence can enjoy this one not just because of the style or the impressive cast that Anderson employs to tell this story, but because of how enchanting the story itself is and the way in which it is told. A story of a hotel owner who, just as his grand hotel, has quite the grandiose tale to share and is made all the more beautiful by doing so. Anderson is just so smart in his storytelling here and how every bit ties together…the impressively timed comedy, the unexpected events, the use of colors and even more colorful characters, the exercising of suspense and intrigue, the mystery unfolding, the included wonderful use and re-use of certain gimmicks, lines and sequences…it makes this film such a great experience. To top off the great experience, Anderson craftily ties in the beginning to the end and gifts a great sense of closure to the viewer by the time the credits roll.
If you are a fan of well-done storytelling full of identifiable characters and interweaving stories that combine together for one of the better and most unforgettable films of the year, then you need to book a room at The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Grab a key and stay a while at the Grand Budapest Hotel. You will endear yourself to its history, its guests and its owner and you will want to revisit it again and again.
My Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars for The Grand Budapest Hotel
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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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