Set It Up review “A Cyrano for the ages?”

Set it Up posterThere’s nothing quite like a good romantic comedy. The cute moments that bring a smile to your face, the heartbreaking break-ups, the silly, overacted moments that make you laugh out loud. So, when Netflix released Set It Up, a rom-com starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, I was more than excited to see whether or not it lived up to my high expectations.

Set It Up follows Harper (Deutch), assistant to feisty sports writer Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Charlie (Powell), assistant to the arrogant and competitive Rick (Taye Diggs). Harper and Charlie hatch a plan to ‘Cyrano’ their bosses in order to gain more time for themselves. However, it soon becomes apparent that they have ‘Cyrano’d’ themselves instead. Continue reading

The Week Of review “A sinking boat that’s also on fire”

The Week Of posterIt’s not often that an Adam Sandler vehicle actually looks like it could be a promising watch. One of Netflix’s latest releases, The Week Of, actually seemed like it could have been a fairly okay movie. On paper, it had Chris Rock and a plethora of other typical comedy actors, all of whom have a fair amount of recognisable talent. However, was this talent as recognisable when translated to the actual film?

The answer, in short, is no. This movie, with all of its possible merits and a plot that could have been successful, is bad. Granted, it’s not as though it’s badly made – that would be unfair to say. It’s that it is mind-numbingly boring, to the point where I would have preferred to have sat doing nothing for the two-hour running time, over watching that movie. It got to a point of desperation: I was waiting for it to end. Continue reading

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore review “A blockbuster indie”

I Don't Feel at home in this World Anymore posterNetflix has been killing the game with its original releases recently. Following on from a plethora of original, thought-provoking and genuinely brilliant movies comes the latest Elijah Wood vehicle, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The directing debut from Macon Blair is far from the general expectation of a vigilante film. However, the question is, is it worth a watch?

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore follows Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a nurse who is burglarised by a group of criminals. After joining forces with her neighbour, Tony (Elijah Wood), they embark on a journey to get revenge, and to find her missing silverware. Continue reading

Kodachrome review “Predictable, but in a good way”

Kodachrome posterIt’s quite hard to make a movie 100 per cent original. Kodachrome, one of Netflix’s newest releases, is not exception to this rule. However, as far as family dramas go, this movie is far from being boringly predictable.

The movie follows Matt (Jason Sudeikis), a  man who is doing quite badly in his job and even worse in his relationship with his father. His dad, Ben (Ed Harris) is a self-absorbed photographer with liver cancer. Thanks to Ben’s nurse Zoë (Elizabeth Olsen), the trio embark on a trip to the last place in America that develops Kodachrome film. Continue reading

6 Balloons review “Raw, tense and real”

6 Balloons movie posterDave Franco and Abbi Jacobson are two actors who aren’t typically associated with serious dramas. After Franco’s stint in the Bad Neighbours films and Abbi’s amazing work on Broad City, comedy is generally where these actors fortes will lie. However, 6 Balloons is a welcome foray for these two into the world of drama, showing the versatility of these two already talented actors.

6 Balloons follows Katie (Jacobson) as she navigates how to cope with her brother Seth’s (Franco) addiction to heroin whilst on a brutal drive to a detox centre as well as juggling her own life. Continue reading