The Fundamentals of Caring review “More than just fluff ”

The Fundamentals of Caring posterNetflix releases a lot of movies. Combined with the TV shows and other classics that are uploaded to the site daily, it’s not surprising that a lot of the gems on Netflix don’t get to shine as brightly as they should. That was the case with The Fundamentals of Caring. After being available to view for almost two years, as well as being missed by me on multiple occasions, decided to finally watch it. However, was it a hidden gem?

The Fundamentals of Caring follows Ben Benjamin (Paul Rudd): a man who is suffering an unfathomable amount of loss. In this dark time, Ben decides to become a care-giver, and is hired to look after Trevor (Craig Roberts), a sufferer of muscular dystrophy. Continue reading

The After Party review “A coming-of-age movie for the present day”

The After Party movie posterWith September rolling closer by the second and the new school year approaching, this year is passing by like lightning. Thousands of youths will be making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, and following dreams that they have had for years. It seems only fitting, then, to watch the new coming-of-age movie by Netflix, titled The After Party.

The After Party follows two best friends – Jeff and Owen – as they try to desperately sign a record deal the night before Owen is signed up for the Marines. With strippers, Rolls Royce Phantoms and a handful of chart topping rappers, this movie appears to have it all. Continue reading

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before review “An ode to John Hughes”

To All the Boys I've Loved Before posterNetflix have produced their fair share of teenage rom-coms. From The Kissing Booth to Alex Strangelove, it’s undeniable that their range is diverse, but lacking imagination. So, when Netflix’s latest release, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, popped up under recently added, I didn’t expect a lot from it. I can safely say, I was pleasantly surprised.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows Lara-Jean (Lana Condor), a teenage girl who has never been in a relationship before. She is invisible at high school and, when her older sister Margot (Janel Parrish) moves away to attend university, she is left friendless too. However, over the years, Lara-Jean has written a love letter to every boy she has ever had a crush on and has kept them in a box, hidden away. Then, somehow: they are sent to all of the boys she has ever been in love with. Continue reading

Brigsby Bear review “Mary Poppins in a bear costume”

Brigsby Bear posterNothing quite says childhood like a person dressed up as a bear. Rainbow has it, Bear in the Big Blue House has it and, following on from tradition, Brigsby Bear also has a human in a bear costume. However, (arguably) unlike the TV shows of yore, Brigsby Bear has a much more sinister tone to it. Yet, from the clothes to the terribly bad special effects, this movie screams kid’s TV show.

Brigsby Bear follows James, a man who was kidnapped as a child and kept in an airtight bunker. His captors, played by Mark Hamill and Jane Adams, made him his very own TV show to watch, entitled Brigsby Bear, for him to while away the hours whilst trapped. After he is found many years later, James falls into a spiral of not knowing what happened to Brigsby, eventually deciding to direct the conclusion himself. Continue reading

Like Father review “A somewhat successful replica of family”

Like Father posterThe relationship between a father and his daughter is always hard to replicate. It takes a lot of guts to try and even simulate it. There aren’t many bonds like parent and child – which is why hiring two strangers to bring this pairing to life is such an alien concept. However, Netflix’s new movie, Like Father, tackles this challenge head on – but does it work?

Like Father follows Rachel (Kristen Bell) and Harry (Kelsey Grammar), an estranged father and daughter. When Rachel is left at the altar for being a workaholic, she gets drunk and takes her dad – whom she has not seen for 26 years – on her honeymoon cruise with her. What then follows is a rollercoaster of emotions, as well as a lot of product placement regarding Royal Caribbean Cruises. Continue reading