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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Dope (2015)

dopeDirector: Rick Famuyiwa

Writer: Rick Famuyiwa (Screenplay)

Starring: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoe Kravitz, Forest Whitaker, Rakim Mayers, Kimberly Elise

 

Plot: Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Where is the Hype?

 

Story: Dope starts as we meet Malcolm (Moore) who lives with his single mother and considered a geek with his two best friends Diggy (Clemons) and Jib (Revolori) who are not like the rest as they want to have their own punk band while getting good grades as they are looking to escape their rough neighbourhood.

The threes lives will change forever when local drug dealer Dom (Mayers) invites them into an adult drinking party where the high school students get their first experience of the drinking culture and the gang culture. The three’s life is turned upside down when they get caught in the middle of a drug deal gone bad as they learn about the other side to the drug world.

Dope is a film I only ever heard great things about and I found myself thinking really, what is the real hype about this film. It has a coming of age feel about it while also have a wild crime story. I found the over use of the ‘N’ word completely unnecessary for this film and takes away the creditability of this film. I do think the actors all do a great job and I do think the character arc Malcolm goes through to be brilliant I just found all the stereotypes to be almost insulting to us the viewer.

 

Overall: Great character arc but poor dialogue usage takes away from final story.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

logoDirector: Wes Anderson

Writer: Wes Anderson (Screenplay) Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (Story)

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori

 

Plot: The adventure of Gustave (Fiennes) a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune, all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

 

Verdict: Quirky Comedy

 

Story: You always know you are going into something slightly different when you see the name Wes Anderson directing. He brings his unique storytelling to this crime caper which will have you laughing quietly throughout. The story is told as a memory of a story of a story of a story and yes it is that deep but we only flashback to the last first telling of the story while the main one continues. I would say this needs the right taste on comedy to enjoy but the fans will enjoy this style of storytelling. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Ralph Fiennes: Gustave the flamboyant hotel owner who looks after his guest with an extra personal touch, he travels to see the will hearing of one of his favourite guests and ends up taking what is his and being hunted down by the police and family members. Ralph doing comedy who would have thought that and he does pull it off very well. (9/10)

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Adrien Brody: Dmitri the son of the deceased lady who wants the fortune for himself, he sets out to get what he thinks is his. Good supporting performance offering a villainous role but sadly gets overshadowed. (7/10)

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Willem Dafoe: Jopling ruthless hit man trying to hunt down Gustave and the painting along with all loose ends in the case. Dafoe steals nearly every scene he is in, be it the moment he throws someone’s cat out the window or the epic ski related chase. (9/10)

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Tony Revolori: Zero the young lobby boy who becomes the most trust man of Gustave who ends up going on all these adventures with him. Seemingly coming from nowhere in this absolute all-star cast and fits in perfectly.(8/10)

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Director Review: Wes Anderson – Wes brings his unique style to what could have been a very plain crime caper. (8/10)

 

Comedy: You will need the right sense of humour for this but I think there will be enough small laughs throughout. (8/10)

Settings: All the settings are used well as well as some being cleverly created animated sequences. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think this is one to try but if you don’t get the humour you will be very bored. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Ski chase.

Worst Part: The comedy is very particular.

Funniest Scene: The police show up to arrest Gustave.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Maybe but unlikely.

Box Office: $157, 724,997

Budget: N/A

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

Overall: Quirky Crime Caper Comedy

Rating 81