Can You Keep a Secret? (2019) Movie Review

Director: Elise Duran

Writer: Peter Hutchings (Screenplay) Sophie Kinsella (Novel)

Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Tyler Hoechlin, Kimiko Glenn, Laverne Cox, Suntia Mani, Kate Easton, Judah Friedlander

Plot: Thinking they’re about to crash, Emma spills her secrets to a stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger…Until she later meets Jack, her company’s young CEO, who now knows every humiliating detail about her. Based on the blockbuster NYT bestseller.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Charmingly Entertaining

Story: Can You Keep a Secret? Starts when a junior marketing assistant Emma Corrigan (Daddario) is having a truly nightmarish day and her flight home does have a perk, getting bumped to first class, only turbulence causes her to admit every secret in her life to a stranger.

The problem for Emma comes the next day when that stranger turns out to be the owner of her company Jack (Hoechlin) who is visiting and the two make a deal to keep everything a secret.

Thoughts on Can You Keep a Secret?

Characters – Emma is a junior marketing assistant, she is on her first assignment which goes terribly wrong, she thinks she is about to lose out on a promotion until her flight home sees her get a free upgrade to first class, her fear of flying strikes when turbulence hits unleashing her to reveal all her secrets to a complete stranger, only to learn that this stranger is her boss, Emma starts to think about her own life, seeing that her ordinary life isn’t everything she wants in life. Jack Harper is the boss of the company, he is one half of the partnership which made the company and he is coming to see how people are operating in his business and his visit sees him getting close to Emma, in a way he hasn’t done before, he does keep his secrets closer than most, which goes against everything Emma has revealed to him. We do meet the best friends in Gemma and Lissy that get laughs in their own ways and the co-workers that will get the laughs but show the struggles Emma is feeling.

PerformancesAlexandra Daddario is great in the leading role, she brings to life the often clumsy awkward character with ease, with Tyler Hoechlin working very well in the love interest role, when it comes to the supporting cast, we do get a couple of laughs through the film filling their roles with ease knowing how to get the laughs or hearts required.

StoryThe story here follows a marketing woman who ends up going to make a fool of herself revealing her secrets to a stranger only to learn he is the boss of her company and a new romance comes from their new friendship. The story is based on a best selling novel which does show us how hard falling in love can be, shows that being with somebody doesn’t mean you are in love and life can’t just pass you by, you need to take a run and jump to make the most of it. The story is told in a charming and enjoyable way that we can enjoy and relate too.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy comes from seeing how Emma reacts to everything that is happening to her in her life, with the romance being what makes her enjoy her life more.

SettingsThe film uses New York as the setting, I don’t know how many times I say, I love this for a setting for romance because of how you never know who you will meet.


Scene of the Movie – The play.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Sometimes Gemma doesn’t feel like a real person.

Final Thoughts This is a charmingly entertaining romantic comedy that will get plenty of laughs throughout, showing the heart required for a film.

Overall: The Secrets Out, This is a Treat.

Can You Keep A Secret? will be available on Digital Download from 4th May and can be be pre-ordered

Dolemite is My Name (2019) Movie Review

Director: Craig Brewer

Writer: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski (Screenplay)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Wesley Snipes

Plot: Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.


Tagline – Make your own legend.

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Throughout

Story: Dolemite is My Name starts as we meet Rudy Ray Moore (Murphy) who works in a record store and is trying desperately to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry and constantly getting caught up meeting rejection. Rudy is always willing to try something new, which sees her turn to a raunchy comedy routine, which sees him rise to stardom.

When Rudy creates the character of Dolemite, he becomes a success, but he wants the whole world to know his act, which sees him turn to writer Jerry (Key) to create a new story that his comedy can work around to make his own movie to bring his material to the world.

Thoughts on Dolemite is My Name

Characters – Rudy Ray Moore has always wanted to entertain people, he has made records, introduces performers, but has always been told he couldn’t, he creates his own character which sees his stock rise, before trying to make his own movie, risking everything he has earnt to make an impossible sounding movie, proving that he managed to live a character and remain himself off camera. Jerry writes the movie, he does have different ideas to Rudy coming from a more professional background. Jimmy, Ben and Toney are three of the best friends of Rudy that have worked with him for years. D’Urville Martin has been in major film and is talked into directing the project, he will get extra laughs knowing he isn’t working with the most professionally knowledgeable team.

PerformancesEddie Murphy is wonderful in the leading role being able to let loose on his louder form of comedy. Wesley Snipes steals the show with his supporting role, while the rest of the cast are flawless through the film.

StoryThe story here follows Rudy Ray Moore who was a natural entertainer who was waiting for his big break and ended up making it happen himself by creating the character Dolemite, a character that went from comedy records to film, breaking boundaries along the way. This is a story of Rudy struggles to get to the top, we see his safe routine not getting enough buzz and how his risk to change things made him a superstar, this is all good to see, though it would have been nice to see a little bit more of his early career, as it is his constant rejections which motivate him to continue his journey. Watching how the film gets made is a lot of fun, we can always enjoy movies and movies being made.

Biopic/ComedyThe biopic side of the film does only show a small part of the life and career of Rudy, it does feel like there is a lot more to talk about before and after the events of the film, while the comedy works wonders getting plenty of laughs from Murphy and Snipes who steals the comedy.

SettingsThe film does use the locations that show us how the community was close together supporting each other and how doing that help create the cinema dreams of Rudy.


Scene of the Movie – The production process.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not learning more about the supporting people around the film.

Final Thoughts This is a fun loud comedy that showed how one man would risk everything to make something out of his dreams to have a career in entertainment, where Eddie Murphy gives his best for performance for years, as does Wesley Snipes.

Overall: Murphy Triumphs

ABC Film Challenge – Action – W – Who Am I? (1998) Movie Review

Director: Benny Chan, Jackie Chan

Writer: Jackie Chan, Susan Chan, Lee Reynolds (Screenplay)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Michelle Ferre, Mirai Yamamoto, Ron Smerczak, Ed Nelson, Ton Pompert, Glory Simon

Plot: A Secret Agent loses his memory after falling from a crashing helicopter. He is then chased by several other agency operatives, but he has no idea why.


Tagline – Fight now. Ask questions later.

Runtime: 2 Hours

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Standard Jackie Chan Movie

Story: Who Am I? Starts when a special agent (Chan) gets betrayed on a mission, he survives a helicopter crash in South Africa, bought back to health by a local tribe, before looking to get back into his life, only to learn that other agencies are looking to uncover the secret to what they have discovered.

The agent who is going by the name Who Am I starts to learn what injuries he suffered, when he starts to meet the agencies that are all offering him a chance to learn about his past, only they might not be as true as they are letting on, can he learn the truth to save the world from a new dangerous threat.

Thoughts on Who Am I?

Characters – Who Am I is a special agent that has lost his memory after an accident on his latest mission, he still possesses the survival skills to make it out of sticky situations, only he doesn’t know who to trust about unlocking the truth about his past, seeing him trying to escape any threats coming his way. Christine Stark is a reporter looking to make a story out of Who Am I, she will always be there at the right time, only she is getting to close to the story. Yuki is a lady that Who Am I helps in the desert, she is a tourist that is always looking to get involved in help him learn the truth. Morgan is one of the many people trying to track down Who Am I, he is looking to make a major business deal which would see him make billions.

PerformancesJackie Chan is always an entertaining watch, which is nothing less than we expect, he handles the fighting sequences with ease, being the best part of this film. The rest of the cast do struggle to make an impact, despite how involved they should be in the film.

StoryThe story follows a special agent that loses his memory after a mission turns sour, only to find himself being hunted down by most intelligence agencies from around the world. This is an entertaining story, which is filled with twists and turns along the way as the agent is trying to stay ahead of a game, he just doesn’t know who to trust. A lot of the story is planning, when we aren’t following the agent in his fight sequences, which can slow down the story for large parts too.

Action/Comedy/Sci-FiThe action is everything that you would imagine from a Jackie Chan movie, we have excellent choreographed fight scenes, mixed with stunts to escape, a nice mix of serious and comedic too, which lets us get the laughs along the way. The sci-fi side of the film focuses on just what the danger in the world is going to be.

SettingsThe film uses the settings well, with some being used for the scales of the fights, which adds peril to them, while others show typical business meeting locations, for scheming.


Scene of the Movie – Handcuff escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Too long for what it is.

Final Thoughts This is an entertaining Jackie Chan film, it does rely on his skills more than anything, despite being slightly too long for its own good.

Overall: Entertaining.