Mommy’s Box (2016)

mommyDirector: Johnny Greenlaw

Writer: Johnny Greenlaw, Caitlin Scherer (Screenplay)

Starring: Johnny Greenlaw, Bill Sorvino, Carly Brooke, Joseph D’Onofrio, David Harris, Fina Scarda, Jennifer Dorcic

 

Plot: A 30-year-old man denying his past is forced to confront the lingering influence of his mother after her death.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Drama

 

Story: Mommy’s Box starts as we see young Nick being giving a safety deposit key by his mother (Scarda) to open if anything was to happen to her. We move forward to see the adult Nick (Greenlaw) and his brother Joey (Sorvino) who have gone their separate ways but when their mother dies they need to come back together for the funeral.

Nick has to face his past that he has been avoiding for years making up for the time he missed the family occasions and see that his life hasn’t gone the way it could have but the people he left behind also have their problems.

Mommy’s Box is a light hearted comedy drama which looks at how lives can go separate ways only to be bought back together through tragedy. We also get to see how even though these friends could be in their separate lives when they are able to push themselves back into the strongest direction. This film ticks all the boxes for going back to a previous life to reconnect and see how others are struggling like them without going truly outside the box.

 

Overall: Easy to watch drama that shows how lives can change so easily for better or worse.

Rating75

 

 

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5 Scenes I Love Part One

For this list I am going to be picking five of my favourite roles, this doesn’t mean they are my absolute favourite scenes or by any means the scenes I think are the best scenes out there either and finally I will most likely do another one of these in the future. I have tried to do a mix of genres too for this post and I would like to know if you like these scenes or not.

5. Final Race – Speed Racer

While Speed Racer is one of the most hated films I found it to be a true guilty pleasure of mine, in this scene we get to see Speed’s car spin out of the race and he has to use his natural driving ability to recover and re-enter the race. The scene is full of flashbacks for Speed to see just how many people supporting him and how he was always destiny to become the greatest racer or all time and bring down the corrupt system. This scene builds up to the final moments we have been waiting for as we have seen Speed take on the corruption in the port wanting to end it all for his family and brother’s sake.

4. The Arrival of a Tall Man – It Follows

We know that Jay is being followed by the creature who can look like anyone and in this scene she gets a visit finding herself run upstairs in a panic. We get a knocking only for it to be friends before we hear something else trying to get in, the music dies and it is the remaining friend the door opens and a giant figure appear behind her walking towards Jay. This scene works because it builds the tension before letting you think it is all over before bang it hits you again for a true terrifying jump scare.

3. Freak Out – 50/50

This Freak Out in the car happens the day before the surgery Adam is going to having where he has had a threw drinks with his best friend and gets to drive for the first time. In the scene we see the always calm Adam finally snap and worry about whether he will survive believing his friend has been using him and calling his rookie therapist. This scene gives us Adam a chance to believe he could make it and he ends up seeing just how much his best friend has been there worried about his Adam leaving his life. Yet another one of my favourite movies with this being only the second time in the film out of four that brings a tear to my eyes.

2. Expectations vs. Reality – 500 Days of Summer

This scene shows Tom believing this party could rebuild his relationship with Summer but we also get to see the reality of what the party really is for. I love this scene because it shows how you can miss-read situations and gives the perfect reflection of the reaction of things not going the way you thought they would.

1.       The Best Part of My Day – Good Will Hunting


This scene is the first time in the whole movie where Will’s best friend pushes him into using all his potential because before this we only see the two professors trying to push Will. I find this scene amazing because it is what a best friend is really about and I almost wish I could have a moment like this in my life.