Psych: The Movie (2017)

Director: Steve Franks

Writer: James Roday (Screenplay) Steve Franks (Characters)

Starring: James Roday, Dule Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen, Zachary Levi, Kurt Fuller

 

Plot: The old gang comes together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own.


Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Delightful Fan Service

 

Story: Psych the Movie starts as we see how Shawn (Roday) is now trying to do the detective business in San Francisco where Gus (Hill) has gone to his full-time job. Juliet (Lawson) has a new partner while trying to stop chief Vick’s (Nelson) daughter from falling onto the wrong side of the law.

When Juliet’s partner is attack and left for dead, with Shawn banished from the case by Juliet, this could be Shawn’s first big case in San Francisco. It isn’t long till Shawn finds himself investigating the case which involved Thin White Duke (Levi). When the Duke targets Juliet, she doesn’t want Shawn to be involved in the case, which only leads to the guys bringing back the rest of the gang to solve the case.

 

Thoughts on Psych the Movie

 

Characters – Shawn doesn’t seem to have settled in the new city, he wants to continue with his investigation business even though Gus is busy working to keep the business a float. He still is the slacker that uses his skills of observation to keep himself busy. Gus is the best friend of Shawn who followed him to San Francisco and started a new job to help fund the investigation agency, he still enjoys his food always finding himself eating the most random dish he can get his hands on. Juliet is back in her position of detective, but this time she becomes the target after her partner is killed, she doesn’t want her friends getting involved, wanting to clean up her own mess. Thin White Duke is the man behind the targeting of Juliet, he works well his crew, but is working for someone from their past. We have plenty of appearances from fan favourites from the series.

PerformancesJames Roday was always fantastic in this role, it is like he never left the role that can play for years. Dule Hill gets plenty of laughs with a role he never felt like he left too. The whole of the original cast gets to have fun with, sadly due to health issues we only got a cameo from Timothy Omundson. Zachary Levi does make for a good villain for the film, getting the best dialogue against the regular characters.

StoryThe story brings back our favourite characters from the show, we see how they have got used to their new environment where the TV show finished off. We get a case to solve where we see Shawn and Gus get themselves into more trouble, but it is Juliet needing to figure out who is trying to ruin her career that takes centre stage. If you were a fan of the show, then you will enjoy this story.

Comedy/Crime/Mystery The comedy comes from the problems Shawn and Gus get themselves in because they have fantastic chemistry, we also dive into the light-hearted crime story, that brings in the mystery to who is behind the whole crime.

SettingsThe film being set in San Francisco brings our characters to a new location for a crime story for the first time, as the show ended with them moving there. It works because we see the struggles to get used to this environment.


Scene of the Movie –
Mental home investigation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We would have like more of Carlton, but it was for medical reasons we didn’t, so can’t complain.

Final ThoughtsThis is a TV movie that will make any fan of the show happy, it keeps the humour flowing and brings back plenty of our favourite characters.

 

Overall: Fans will be left with a smile on their faces.

Rating

 

 

Pleasantville (1998)

logoDirector: Gary Ross

Writer: Gary Ross (Screenplay)

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H Macy, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, J.T. Walsh, Don Knotts, Marley Shelton, Jane Kaczmarek, Paul Walker, Maggie Lawson

 

Plot: Two 1990s teenagers find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

 

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Verdict: Good Story of Accepting Change

Story: Pleasantville starts showing us there will be a Pleasantville marathon showing on TV Time before introducing us to the main character David (Maguire) an awkward teenager. David’s favourite television show is Pleasantville which gives him a chance to watch over the weekend. We continue to learn that David knows everything to know about the show and plans to try and win a contest. David just so happens to have a sister Jennifer (Witherspoon) who see the chance of the house without parents as a chance to impress the cool guy from school leading to a fight between the two.

When the remote control gets damaged a mysterious repair man turns up at the house to fix the problem. As the siblings arguing they find themselves inside the show trapped by the repair man. The two have to learn to get on with life in this new reality where David with thieve but Jennifer has to learn to adapt. The two characters they have been forced to play are the children to George (Macy) and Betty (Allen). The two have to continue to learn to adapt and play along with the new world they are in until they can find a way to find a way home.

Jennifer decides to play by her own rules which starts to change the town bring colour into the black and white world. It isn’t long before the people in the town start being affect by the change before long the town ends up getting caught up in the middle of battle between the coloured and the black & white residents of the town.

Pleasantville is a beautiful story of two different generation clash with consequences that will change both the points of view. We do get the typical two teenagers one being good and one being difficult rather than bad who learn lesson that they haven’t in their normal life. we also get to see how being part of a routine can feel too comfortable and the moment you start breaking it anything becomes possible for you. This also teaches us to treat everyone the same with no expectation and to express yourself in whatever drives you forward. Looking back over the film it is a very good story that can be enjoyed by most people. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

Tobey Maguire: David is an awkward high school teenager who has an unhealthy obsession with Pleasantville television show, when his favourite show is going to be showing a marathon he is extra excited but ends up fighting with his sister and getting trapped inside Pleasantville. David knows how to get along with everything there but it isn’t long before the world starts changing and he must find a way to get home. Tobey gives a good leading performance showing that he was going to be a good actor to turn to for these types of roles. (7/10)

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Reese Witherspoon: Jennifer is the popular girl at school and David’s sister who ends up getting trapped inside Pleasantville. Unlike David it isn’t normal to her and she ends up changing the ways of life in the town. Reese showed that she can have range with this role as we get to see the fully transformation of her character through the film. (8/10)

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William H Macy: George Parker is the father of the household inside the Pleasantville life style who can’t cope with the changes going through the town. William gets to play a role we will become used to seeing him performance with this role. (7/10)

 

Joan Allen: Betty Parker is the mother of the house that the kids get trapped in who tries to keep her household together through the changes even when she wants to embrace those changes. Joan does a good job in the supporting role which will make you notice she can play plain supporting roles. (7/10)

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Jeff Daniels: Bill Johnson is the malt shop owner who gets caught up trying to focus on changing because he is too scared to actually change. Jeff continued to show how he was capable to walk away from slapstick comedy and become a good serious actor here. (7/10)

Support Cast: Pleasantville has a supporting cast that includes a whole town and some good early supporting roles from stars who went onto bigger things including Paul Walker, Maggie Lawson and Marlon Shelton.

Director Review: Gary Ross – Gary does a good job directing manage to mix a visual story with a very good story about being different. (8/10)

 

Drama: Pleasantville shows the different between two different generations and just how when they clash both will realize they need change. (8/10)

Fantasy: Pleasantville takes our two lead characters and puts them into a world they have never seen before which works for the fantasy element of the story. (8/10)

Settings: Pleasantville has a brilliant setting showing how simple people once thought life was compared to the new fast forward life we are now in. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Pleasantville uses great effects to mix the black and white characters with the colour characters with only parts in colour throughout. (9/10)

Suggestion: Pleasantville is a must watch. (Must watch)

 

Best Part: The mix between colour and black and white.

Worst Part: You can work out what will happen by the end.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 3 Oscars including Art Direction, Costume Design and Best Music Original Dramatic Score

Box Office: $50 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Tagline: Nothing Is As Simple As Black And White.

 

Overall: Pleasantville is a beautifully shot film that is visual great and has a story to match it all.

Rating 80

Psych the Musical (2013)

logoDirector: Steve Franks

Writer: Steve Franks (Screenplay)

Starring: Maggie Lawson, Ally Sheedy, Jimmi Simpson, Dule Hill, James Roday, Barry Bostwick, Timothy Omundson, Anthony Rapp, Corbin Bernsen, Kurt Fuller, Kirsten Nelson

 

Plot: When committed murdered Z (Rapp) escapes from a mental institute it is up to Shawn (Roday) to use his gifts to find him before he kills again. Shawn teams up with an old enemy Yang (Sheedy) a fellow patient and friend of Z to help catch him before he takes his revenge. Z is targeting people involved in the musical he wrote after they try to resurrect the musical again without his name attached, but was Z innocent of the murder he has been getting punished for?

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Verdict: A delightful take on a beloved TV detective show

Story: A good story mixed with songs to make a change to the usual straight forward crime fighting story. A few of the old favourite cast members return with Yang, Mary Lightly having funny parts. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: James Roday – Shawn the smart talking psychic who helps solve the crimes, Very funny throughout as always uses his charm to get into situations and always gets the upper hand of Lassie. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Dule Hill – Gus who usually gets a random name when being introduced by Shawn. Always a great sidekick to Shawn but also has plenty of solo funny bits in this episode. (9/10)

Actor Review: Anthony Rapp – Z the brilliant musical composer who just wants his show to be seen but has to go to all sorts of odds to make it happen. One of the bet singers in the film and with his back ground you wouldn’t expect anything less. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Ally Sheedy – Yang the over the top off her rocker serial killer who helps with the investigation. Very good performance that ends up stealing most scenes she is in. (9/10)

 

Director Review: Steve Franks – Great direction that makes you laugh and stay involved all the way to the end. (9/10)

 

Comedy: The comedy is very similar to normal which is funny but not laugh out loud. (8/10)

Crime: Light hearted take on crime but still solves the case very well. (8/10)

Music: Some very catchy songs that all fit the scenes well. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The use of the theatres makes the all singing all dancing come off very well. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest this, I have always rated this show and the light hearted nature and simple comedy make it a great watch for all. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Shawn makes a singing phone call before realising he is on stage on front of a crowd.

Funniest Scene: Woody’s song

Chances of Sequel: Special two part before the TV series continues.

 

Overall: Funny, musical well worth a watch

 

Rating 85