Director: Yong-Hoon Kim
Writer: Yong-Hoon Kim (Screenplay) Keisuke Sone (Novel)
Starring: Do-yeon Jeon, Woo-sung Jung, Sung-Woo Bae, Man-sik Jeong, Kyung Jin, Hyun Been Shin
Plot: A struggling restaurant owner, caring for his sick mom, finds a bag of cash in a sauna locker, while a customs officer gets into trouble when his girlfriend runs off with money he borrowed from a loan shark.
Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
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Story: Beasts Clawing at Straws starts Tae-Young (Jung) is searching for his missing girlfriend Yeon-Hee (Jeon) who has vanished with money that he borrowed from a loan shark, he has been working with a close friend Carp to locate her, but Mr Park wants his money back, as time is running out.
Another man Woebegone (Bae) finds a bag filled with money at work and looks to use it to help his mother and wife escape the hardship they have been through, even under a strict boss, while Mi Ran (Shin) is suffering domestic abuse from her husband, with a young man Jin-Tae (Jung) offering her an escape from this world.
Thoughts on Beasts Clawing at Straws
Thoughts – Beast Clawing at Straws is an award winning movie that will give us three stories of people needing to escape a life they find themselves trapped in, each looking for a way out, all seeing them turn to something illegal to make it happen. We get to see how each character will have a different motivation for what they are doing, showing the desperation of a poor man to support his family, a woman trying to escape her abusive relationship and a lover who has lost the most important person in his life. The performance are wonderful throughout, showing us the different levels of sympathy the characters deserve. The story does play out in different chapters, which will crossover through the film, which will lead to the bigger moments of what has drawn so heavily towards the money bag, which will change the lives of everyone involved.
Final Thoughts – Beasts Clawing at Straws a beautifully blend thriller that will constantly keep you guessing to what will happen next.
BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS streaming on December 15.
Writer: Diablo Cody (Screenplay)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan, Nick Westrate, Ricky Springfield, Audra McDonald
Plot: A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.
Tagline – Get Ready to Rock. Get Ready to Love. Get Ready for Ricki.
Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
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Verdict: Dysfunctional Family 101
Story: Ricki and the Flash starts when paycheck to paycheck singer Ricki (Streep) gets called back home by her ex-husband Pete (Kline) to help support the daughter Julie (Gummer) who is going through a messy divorce, even though Ricki hasn’t been part of their lives for years.
Thoughts on Ricki and the Flash
Characters – Ricki has been a free spirit her whole life, this has seen her leaving her kids for her husband to raise, as she follows her dreams in music, she performers as often as she can, while also needing to work in a supermarket. When her daughter is going through her own struggles, Ricki must face her past and realize the mistakes she has made and learn that she can always try to help however far she is. Pete is the ex-husband that remarried and raised their children, he calls in hope of getting Ricki to help their daughter, he just wants the family together for once, hoping Ricki could start attending certain family events. Julie is the daughter that has gone through a messy divorce which sees her needing her mother for the first time in years, this is an important moment in her life, one she needs to go well, to restart it all over again.
Performances – Meryl Streep is great to watch in a role you wouldn’t instantly put her in, while Kevin Kline is great to see in his supporting role, it is Mamie Gummer that makes the biggest impact on this film, showing she could easily compete against her own mother on the screen.
Story – The story here follows a mother that gave up her family to follow her dreams, where she was only ever just a performer, never a big star and now she needs to come back into her adult children’s lives before it is too late and they will turn on her. This does show how we get the spin on the usual, we often see the father wanting to reconnect with his family, but here we spin in this right around that the mother needs to do this. We can focus on the family relationships and it would have been nice to learn more about Ricki’s kids as they only really get the mentions of being married, about to get married and being gay, there just is no depth to these characters.
Comedy – The comedy in this film doesn’t always work as much as it could, with everything feeling too serious for the jokes to work.
Settings – The film does show the different lives Ricki could live, from her LA home to her family across the country.
Scene of the Movie – The wedding.
Final Thoughts – This is a simple by the book comedy that shows how life can always catch up on you if things don’t go the way they could.
Overall: Simple Comedy.