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Review: The Upside (Carson’s View)

The Upside is based on a true story about a rich quadriplegic man who hires an ex-con as his live-in caretaker.  The Upside made some changes from the true story.  Instead of a son of a wealthy French Duke who was paralyzed, they went with a wealthy American businessman whose father gave him nothing and he earned every penny himself. Instead of an Arabic career-criminal from Algeria, we get the always entertaining Kevin Hart who plays a thief fresh out of prison in New York.  While these background changes (along with a few others) could absolutely make for a drastically different story, it seems the rest of the tale stays pretty true to the original.

Going into The Upside, I was prepared for an emotional rollercoaster with minimal comedy.  I got the opposite of that.  While it could have benefited from a more emotional core, the humor had me rolling.  You know when you watch Saturday Night Live and the funniest parts of the show are when the actors break down laughing when they aren’t supposed to? That is what Bryan Cranston’s performance was like throughout the entire movie.  It was like he was trying to be serious, but he couldn’t help but laugh at Kevin Hart.  There is a scene where neither actor could stop laughing at each other, which was contagious and I could not stop laughing along with them. I laughed harder and longer in The Upside than I have in a movie for a very long time.

It is very possible that The Upside caught me at just the right time for me to appreciate it as much as I did.  There are a lot of things I would have changed to help the story hit home a bit better, however, I enjoyed the experience.  I am looking forward to the next Kevin Hart/Bryan Cranston collaboration!

Review: The Front Runner (Garrett’s View)

A matter-of-fact retelling of events that would have been better suited as a documentary.

Review: Alita: Battle Angel (Garrett’s View)

Feels like it may be the right movie at the wrong time.

Review: Cold Pursuit (Garrett’s View)

Neeson thinks he’s in Taken 4 while the movie is trying to be In Bruges.

Review: Velvet Buzzsaw (Garrett’s View)

A piece of art that I stared at for two hours and felt nothing the whole time.

Review: The Old Man & the Gun (Garrett’s View)

An encapsulation of all things Redford — from his films to his personality.

Review: Glass (Carson’s View)

Glass.  The conclusion of M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable Trilogy left the audience wanting more.  Not from a “can’t wait to see the next movie” sense, but more of a “really, that’s it?” sense.  Shyamalan is known for his brilliantly laid-out, thought provoking, one-of-a-kind works of art. He is as equally known for his confusing, dull, wastes-of-time.  Glass falls somewhere in the middle. 

The world built in the Unbreakable Trilogy is an interesting one.  It is a world on the cusp of being introduced to super heroes and villains.  These are a very different type of comic book movies than the Marvel and DC films we are getting today. These are grounded in reality. Character driven. Dark and gritty.  Slow moving with few action sequences.  This technique worked really well in Unbreakable, it was good in Split, and it was just boring in Glass. With this cast, these characters, these backstories, and this director, the stage was set for Glass to be something legendary. 

The most disappointing thing about Glass is the expectation that Shyamalan had a grand design for this trilogy from the start.  That he had some ingenious way of bringing these worlds together into this epic unexpected conclusion.  Perhaps it is unfair to continue to hold Shyamalan to his previous greatness.  He established a reputation early that he has not been able to live up to since.  I believe he is truly a victim of his own success.  Very few directors are held to such a high standard. The ending of Split teased us that he might still have something left in the tank.  That he could still pull one over on the audience just like the good old days.  Unfortunately, Glass did not deliver on those expectations and Shyamalan remains a shadow of his former self. Glass is not a bad movie, just wasted potential. 

Review: Glass (Garrett’s View)

Glass is disappointing and a missed chance at a return to form for one of the most entertaining directors of a generation.

Review: Revenger (Garrett’s View)

A boring mash-up of 90’s plot and early 2000’s action.

Review: Roma (Garrett’s View)

For all of its filmmaking mastery, the story at its core always feels an arm’s length away.