The Boss Baby (2017)

Director: Tom McGrath

Writer: Michael McCullers (Screenplay) Marla Frazee (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, Mike Bakshi

 

Plot: A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Family Film

 

Story: The Boss Baby starts as we meet seven-year old Tim, he has an overactive imagination living the perfect world growing up with his successful parents who work for Puppy Co. When they have another baby, The Boss Baby, Tim finds himself incredible jealous and questions everything about him.

After the two find themselves against each other, the two put their differences aside to go on the Boss’s mission to expose they puppies are stealing all love babies should be getting.

 

Thoughts on The Boss Baby

 

Characters Tim is the typical kid before technology era took over, he makes his own stories using his imagination. He becomes jealous of his little brother but overcomes that to become best friends. The Boss Baby is set to uncover the truth about a puppy company where puppies are become more popular than babies. He is super smart and has never had a normal childhood. Francis Francis owns Puppy Co and has an evil plan to get rid of all the babies in the world. Looking at the character’s you can see some greatly created truths that have been pushed to the next level when it comes to the brother’s bonding.

StoryThe story does play out like how a solo child must deal with a new baby, sure there is a farfetched idea that babies can work in undercover to solve issues. The difference between the two are clear and you can see how siblings can be effected by changes like this happening.

Comedy/FamilyThe comedy works very well with Alec Baldwin seemingly having the best voice possible for this role which helps add to the comedy. The whole family could enjoy this film with jokes hitting for all to enjoy.

SettingsThe settings we find the characters in are all enjoyable and add to the comedy the characters find themselves in.

AnimationThe animation all looks fantastic like you would expect from a big budget animated movie.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that does impress more than I was thinking and I feel the comedy does hit on the levels required.

 

Overall: One of the highlights of the animated films this year.

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Table 19 (2017)

Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Writer: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass (Screenplay)

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rya Meyers, Charles Green, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, Margo Martindale, Stephen Merchant, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell

 

Plot: Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightful Comedy

 

Story: Table 19 starts as we meet our six random as the table layout describes them guests to a wedding, we have former friend and partner of the bride’s brother Teddy (Russell) and now pushed out of the circle Eloise (Kendrick), couple who barley knows anyone Bina (Kudrow) and Jerry (Robinson), anti-social loner Rezno (Revolori), recently released cousin Walter (Merchant) and former Nanny Jo (Squibb).

The six find themselves on Table 19 in the corner and decide to make the most of the evening together after they learn they are the guests that were expected to decline their invitation, but the truth about their own lives will become clear to improve their futures.

 

Thoughts on Table 19

 

Characters/PerformanceEloise is the perfect example of what will happen if you become disliked by a bride just before the wedding you helped prepare, she has a bigger reason to be there and will learn more about why her life in this evening. Bina and Jerry are a long-married couple going through the slow times bickering through the wedding. Rezno is a teenager with a few friends, whose mum has controlled most of his life, he gets pushed into going to the wedding in hope of meeting someone. Walter is a former criminal that is invited to the keep the family open but not enough to be accepted.  Jo is the former nanny that is delighted to be invited but disappointed to be left out of the main family circle. The 6 all have their reasons to be at the wedding and help themselves improve the bad situation.

Performance wise, we all know I will watch anything with Anna Kendrick is and once again she doesn’t let us down, it is also great to see Lisa Kudrow in comedy once again, Craig Robinson is one of the comic actors you can see pull anything off. Tony Revolori continues to show he is someone we should be noticing in film having a comic ability unlike others and June Squibb is fast becoming an actress I want to see all of her films. Stephen Merchant steals the show here but to be fair I think everyone did a great job in this film with Wyatt Russell offering another genre piece for us to see if he can follow in his father’s footsteps.

StoryWe will all get invited to weddings, we will all have different seats and different connections to the couple. This film shows how different people can come together and learn the truth about situations to improve themselves in the most unlikely place, learning from unlikely people. The story is charming throughout which can be enjoyed by all.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy through the film works without becoming anything all laughs, we do get a romantic angle which comes off nicely too.

SettingsThe whole film is set in the wedding party which is great because it all happens in one night which shows us what can happen in one night.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that truly can be enjoyed, it has the laughs, the heart and the real effects of what you would expect from a wedding if you are an outsider.

 

Overall: One of the comedies of the year.

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Emma Stone Weekend – Easy A (2010)

logoDirector: Will Gluck

Writer: Bert V Royal (Screenplay)

Starring: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Aly Michalka, Stanley Tucci

Plot: A clean-cut high school student relies on the school’s rumour mill to advance her social and financial standing.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Good Modern Teen Comedy

Story: Easy A starts with Olive (Stone) telling us that rumours have left her reputation being shattered, where she has her best friend Rhiannon (Michalka) who wants Olive to go camping, but she lies about what happened leading to Rhiannon spreading the rumour.

When the rumour starts spreading the whole school seems to learn about Olive’s weekend with Marianne (Bynes) leading the stories due to her religious beliefs. Olive decides to embrace her new popularity in the school even if it is built on lies. Olive has just one person to turn to the gay Brandon (Byrd) who is also suffering from the rumour mill but the two decide to make their own rumour. The problem with this ruins any plans Olive has to be with the guy Todd (Badgley) that she really wants to be with. Just how far can the rumour mill spiral out of control though.

Easy A is a teen movie that I have started to grow out, my generation would be the American Pie franchise era. I think this does bring the idea of high school into the new world well because it still has the social situation and embraces the use of the modern technology. When it comes to the subject matter the film isn’t afraid to explain that is is a modern telling of the Scarlett Letter which I think is different to others who try to bring classic literacy into teen genre. I will say I loved the 80’s movie references but I would question why Olive was watching them. Overall I thought this was a good welcome addition to the teen comedy genre. (7/10)

Actor Review

Emma Stone: Olive is the quiet student who ends up embracing a rumour about her sexually stories. She becomes the talk of the school as they see her as the slut but in the end she is just making money for fake sexual encounters but the rumour starts getting completely out of control. Emma really has sky rocketed after this role showing she had all the talent. (9/10)olive

Support Cast: Easy A has such a big supporting cast that is hard to pick out who were the main supporters, the adult characters played by Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Tucci and Lisa Kudrow all give wonderful performances. While the teen characters all gives great performance dealing with Olive’s decisions.

Director Review: Will GluckWill brings us a new era of teen comedy that will be the stand out for the 2010’s. (8/10)

Comedy: Easy A has good comedy moments especially when the rumours start spiralling out of control. (8/10)

Romance: Easy A has good basic teen level romance with nothing too much until the final scene. (7/10)

Settings: Easy A keeps most of the story in and around the high school settings which works for the film. (8/10)

Suggestion: Easy A is one for a the teen comedy fans out there. (Teen Comedy Fans)

Best Part: Emma Stone’s performance.

Worst Part: Being picky, I didn’t like how there was a true supporting lead.

Romantic Moment: Final cliché moment.

Favourite Quote: DillIs everything all right? It sounds like you’re having sex in here, which I know can’t be true due to the fact that you have a homosexual boyfriend.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $58 Million

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Let’s not and say we did.

Overall: Great addition to the teen comedy genre.

Rating 75

Emma Stone Weekend – Unlikely Hero A.K.A Paper Man (2009)

logoDirector: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney

Writer: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney (Screenplay)

Starring: Lisa Kudrow, Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Kieran Culkin, Hunter Parrish

 

Plot: A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Touching Drama

 

Story: We start by following our married couple taking a trip to a country house while our lead gets a visit from his invisible friend (a superhero) warning him about the place. The idea of the trip is to try and help our lead Richard focus on writing without any distraction. While making a visit to town he makes a new friend in a teenage student. The two find out they have more in common than they thought and the unlikely duo become secret friends helping each other with their problems, hiding their relationship from their friends and family.

This is a solid look at friendships and how hard it can be to make friends of a different age, while people face the same battles they feel uncomfortable expressing their friendships too their friends. It comes off very well showing how loneliness can be one of the hardest things to go through in life. Though this is only looking at real life issues we get a very interesting look at how awkward the first few moments of a friendship can be. We do see how both Abby and Richard get over the problems that have been holding them back from the next part of their lives. It comes off very well and though not much happens it is all about how the two bound and achieve growth in their personal lives. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jeff Daniels: Richard Dunn struggling writer who deals with his imaginary friend who he has created as a superhero to protect him from the problems in his life. He moves away from the city to escape him but is left in a small town without knowing anyone, he befriends a local girl in what starts out a weird friendship but soon they figure out they have more in common than they thought. Jeff gives a great performance as the lost middle aged man looking for the next chapter of his life. (8/10)

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Ryan Reynolds: Captain Excellent the imaginary friend who keeps giving Richard advice. He helps solve the problems Richard isn’t brave enough to work out himself. Ryan gives a fun performance where he gets to mock the superhero idea whilst having comical lines. (7/10)

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Lisa Kudrow: Claire Dunn Richard’s wife who moves him to the country to help him concentrate while returning to her job in the city. Lisa gives a solid performance of the suffering wife who is trying her hardest to support her husband. (7/10)

 

Emma Stone: Abby local teenager who has her own problems with her boyfriend and friend who is in love with her. She is struggling to deal with a loss in her life that she believes she caused but her relationship with Richard helps her deal with it. Emma gives a good performance showing that she was always going to be a big name actress. (8/10)

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Kieran Culkin: Christopher friend of Abby who is madly in love with her. He is always around when she needs him but it becomes clear that he is the same as Captain Excellent. Kieran gives a good performance as the supporting friend who knows the right things to say. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Be it the boyfriend of Abby or his friends we don’t get a large support cast we just see how the people involved are just using them.

 

Director Review: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney – Good direction to create a very real drama focusing on people’s problems. (8/10)

 

Comedy: It doesn’t focus on being a full blown comedy but has a couple of well-timed chuckles to lighten the mood. (6/10)

Drama: Seeing the problems the two have are shown and dealt with brilliantly. (9/10)

Chemistry: The uncomfortable friendship comes off very well between the two and they become more comfortable as they get to know each other. (9/10)

Music: Touching music used throughout the film. (8/10)

Settings: The settings used show the loneliness that both the characters are suffering with. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think this would be one to try, it will come off very rewarding for the people who do watch it, but in the end might not appeal to the casual fans too much. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Captain Excellent meets Christopher.

Worst Part: Can come off slow.

Lessons Learned: Friends are not always the same age or generation.

 

Believability: These are real world problems people will face and the imaginary friends will show how our minds can play tricks. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: A quick final goodbye between Richard and Captain Excellent.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: A little imagination goes a long way

 

Overall: Strong Drama About Friendship

Rating 78