ABC Film Challenge – 80s Movies – T – Trading Places (1983)

Director: John Landis

Writer: Timothy Harris, Herschal Weingrod (Screenplay)

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Ameche

 

Plot: A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.


Tagline – Some very funny business.

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful, Though Dated

 

Story: Trading Places starts as we meet high flying investor Louis Winthorpe III (Aykroyd) who has made his bosses Randolph (Bellamy) and Mortimer (Ameche) millions of dollars, he is preparing to marry is long term girlfriend, life is good for him until he clashes with Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy) a homeless wise cracker.

When the Duke brothers decide to make a wager, they decide to try and prove they can make Billy Ray as successful as Louis, but also show they can destroy Louis in the progress. We are left to see the two men adapt to their new lives trying to understand just what is happening.

 

Thoughts on Trading Places

 

Characters – Louis Winthorpe III has been living the life of with a silver spoon in his mouth his whole life, protected from any hardship as he rises up the ranks to be considered the very top employee. He is going to get married to the girl he was always going to be with until he must learn to live with nothing after being put in a bet. Billy Ray Valentine is a homeless street wise cracker that gets wrongfully accused of a crime only to be placed into a bet given a life with money, wealth and a job. He adapts to the new life like a fish to water. Randolph and Mortimer are two brothers that have too much money to know what to do with a resort to bets over people’s lives. Ophelia is a hooker that gets used as part of the bet to help ruin Louis’ life, she ends up teaching him about the right way to live with no money.

PerformancesDan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy are both wonderful with their comedy moments they both get to show different stage of their comedy from rich and poor situations. Ralph Bellamy and Dom Ameche are both good as the rich businessmen that work with money over anything else. Jamie Lee Curtis turned heads with her role here which people were not expecting to see.

StoryThe story here follows two rich businessmen that put a bet on that they can switch the lives of a successful businessman with a homeless street hustler. This is shows us just how rich people can have too much money for their own good and their aimless fun can ruin lives. See the swap between the two gives them both a chance to learn a lesson about acting different towards people who have their own stories. There are certain jokes which just don’t work for the modern times because they go into race related that wouldn’t stand up now. For the important message that the two learn is the highlight of the film.

ComedyThe comedy in the film shows how Aykroyd and Murphy were on the top of their game in this decade, we get both sides of their skills to rather than just sticking to a solo character.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in New York, for the 80s this was perfect because of the investment game that was going on at the time and still is.


Scene of the Movie –
Joining forces.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The racial comments wouldn’t work now.

Final ThoughtsThis is a great 80s comedy that hits nearly all the jokes, shows two performers at their best in the comedy world and teaches a good life lesson.

 

Overall: Classic 80s comedy.

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Julia Roberts Weekend – Pretty Woman (1990)

Director: Garry Marshall

Writer: J.F. Lawton (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Ralph Bellamy, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo, Hector Elizondo

 

Plot: A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Romantic Classic

 

Story: Pretty Woman starts as we see the worlds both businessman Edward (Gere) and prostitute Vivian (Robert) comes from before they meet when as Edward is looking for company. As the time spent together continues Edward wants to keep Vivian around, so much that she would be his date for a business meeting.

While Edward works, he leaves Vivian to shop in the high end of Beverly Hills where she gets treated differently to start with but open with arms wide open once they learn that she has money to spend. The more time they spend together the more they start to fall in love but could anything between these two work out.

 

Thoughts on Pretty Woman

 

Characters/PerformanceEdward is the ruthless businessman, divorced and dumped looking for some company. He hires Vivian to keep him company through the business dealings to keep the love out of the relationship while completing to deal. Vivian is a prostitute that finds herself in a world she is too smart to be part off but it is her only option. She accepts the offer from Edward getting to live a life she never imagined for a week and her shock at each situation comes off genuine throughout.

Performance wise, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are fantastic here, with Roberts edging the pure quality coming from her performance through the film. the rest of the cast are only in a couple of scenes and are great throughout too.

StoryThe story is mostly about two people from different worlds coming together and falling in love. Yes, this story does show how both the characters could face a change in their lives, Vivian a life off the streets, Edward that not everything is about being ruthless. While most people focus on the love side of the story I liked the change Edward goes through.

Romantic/ComedyThe romantic side of the film is something everyone knows and looks at as one of the iconic moments in the history of film. we have moments of comedy that come from Vivian’s reactions to the high life.

SettingsThe settings are important because it shows how different the two characters come from, the look that Vivian goes through thanks to the settings show how she never imagined this life being.

Final ThoughtsThis will always go down in history as one of the iconic romantic films in film history.

 

Overall: Romantic film for the ages.

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Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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Plot: A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: One of the Best

 

Story: Rosemary’s Baby starts as we see happy young couple the Woodhouse’s Rosemary (Farrow) and Guy (Cassavetes) as they find themselves a new apartment in New York City. After they find their dream apartment they find out they have an elderly couple next door Minnie (Gordon) and Roman (Blackmer) who become overly friendly with the Woodhouse couple.

When Rosemary and Guy announce they are planning to have a baby the neighbours take notice and after a vivid dream including being raped by a demon Rosemary finds out that she is pregnant. As Rosemary’s pregnancy is going on she is warned now to read books or talk to friends by Minnie and Roman’s doctor Dr Sapirstein (Bellamy). As the time for the birth comes closer Rosemary learns the terrifying truth about what she is carry and who she can trust.

Rosemary’s Baby is a simple horror story looking into the witch and devil worshipping style of life, remember that this is before the internet could answer the problems. The story also shows the affects pregnancy has on a first time mother who listens to the wrong type of advice but doesn’t know any better. The tension being used through this film is brilliant as you just wonder how things will end up.

 

Actor Review

 

Mia Farrow: Rosemary is our young woman that recently married who wants start a family, but when she finds herself being used by her devil worshipping neighbours the pregnancy doesn’t go as planned she learns the truth about the baby she is carrying. Mia is brilliant in this leading role as we feel her terror through every single scene.

John Cassavates: Guy is the husband to Rosemary, a struggling actor who befriends the next door neighbours. His career starts to take off just as Rosemary becomes pregnant as he wants to follow the rules they have made for the pregnancy. John is good in this supporting role where we see his true motives through the story.

Ruth Gordon: Minnie is one of the neighbours that befriends the Woodhouse couple, she doesn’t want to stay out of their lives almost controlling each and every move Rosemary makes. Ruth won herself an Oscar for this supporting role that is overly clingy and obsessive.

Sidney Blackmer: Roman is the husband to Minnie that has found a way to talk Guy into listening to his stories becoming a father figure to him. Sidney is good in this supporting role throughout the film.

Support Cast: Rosemary’s Baby has a supporting cast that do help the story unfold be it the doctor helping with the pregnancy, we also have the older friend that knows the answers to what is going on.

Director Review: Roman PolanskiRoman may well be a controversial man but you can’t question he knows how to make an overly creepy film throughout.

 

Horror: Rosemary’s Baby is one of these horrors that will stick with you for years to come with the creepy feel being used throughout the film.

Settings: Rosemary’s Baby keeps most of the story within the apartment that Rosemary is living as we follow through the pregnancy.
Special Effects
: Rosemary’s Baby has good effects when needed but isn’t a film that turns to the effects to make everything happen.

Suggestion: Rosemary’s Baby is one for all the horror fans out there to have seen at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Farrow is brilliant.

Worst Part: Nothing.

Oh My God Moment: Making the baby.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

Budget: $2.3 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 16 Minutes

Tagline: Pray for Rosemary’s Baby

 

Overall: An all time classic.

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