Overboard

Overboard – 2018

While this is a remake I have never seen the original. I’m a fan of Kurt Russel and my guess is the remake lost out on any of Kurt’s genius. As far as lazy day romantic comedies go this is not bad. If your a fan of Mom this movie will deliver. I prefer this movie to the show to be honest. Anna Faris being type cast is fine in my opinion. She plays the broke single mom roll very well. This time she is trying to become a nurse instead of an attorney. Which let’s be honest suits her more. She has three cute blonde daughters and you can believe that a billionaire could fall in love with that family. My question is why would Eva Longoria take such a small role in a film. They must have given her a ton of money. But it’s always fun to see her. I would say the plot holes are a lot smaller than in Yesterday. I read an interesting article that they used the newtek tricaster mini advanced hd 4i to film some of the scenes. That’s a relatively easy piece of equipment to you use that home prosumers could use at home.

Acting – 4
Story – 3
Entertainment – 4
Enjoyment – 4
Screenplay – 3
Cinematography – 4
Characters – 4
Plot Holes – 3
Production Value – 4
Overall – 4
Overall Score – 74

Home Again

Home Again – 2017

I actually really enjoyed this film. It had two things going for it. #1 was Reese Witherspoon who is one of my favorites. She is still as cute as she was in her twenties but maybe even better. The second thing is had going for it was that it’s set in Hollywood. As a film buff I was hooked during the opening montage where she is telling us about her father. Then she has two adorable kids and a cool Hollywood home that her father left her and I was hooked. Normally I try to avoid romantic comedies but I couldn’t pass this one up. I even skipped going to get pizza to watch it. That’s a big compliment coming from me. Of course it’s a love story so you  know something has to happen to break them up then they need to realize that their romance is the best thing that has ever happened to either one of them and in the end they end up together and living happily ever after. Of course it’s a little unbelievable that three guys who want to be in Entourage could fit into a single mom’s house. But it was a refreshing change to see twenty somethings AKA millennials actually behaving mature. You feel like they are winners and will succeed.

Screenplay – 4
Cinematography – 4
Characters – 4
Plot Holes – 4
Production Value – 4
Overall – 4
Overall Score – 80

 

Yesterday

This was a fairly good movie. I liked the concept and I classify it as unique. Of course there is a big thread on wiki about a number of stories with a similar premise. The list includes a 60’s episode of Dr. Who. I bring that up because it’s a British show and if it was about the Beatles that was very modern at the time. This movie is more a of a love story. If I could fault it I would go with the lack of pushing the theme more, “Duty to make sure the world experiences the music of the Beatles.” In the end they do offer the idea that a world without their music isn’t a world anyone who knew their music would want to live in. They pushed the romance more. This is a very good romantic movie. I wish they looked at the model of Rocketman and or Bohemian Rhapsody to get the story of becoming a rockstar right. Sometimes it felt a little bubble gum. It also had the romantic comedy cliches that is reflected in the score. Normally I think Kate McKinnon is brilliant but she was miscast in this film because they wanted to hit all the comedy tropes. They also could have improved the story by rewriting that character. I was left annoyed that they never discussed money or contracts being that he was becoming the biggest rockstar of all time. If you want a silly comedy this is a film for you. The best thing about this movie besides Beatles music is the performance of Himesh Patel.

Acting – 4
Story – 4
Entertainment – 4
Enjoyment – 4
Screenplay – 2
Cinematography – 4
Characters – 4
Plot Holes – 1
Production Value – 4
Overall – 3
Overall Score – 68

Robin Hood

There wasn’t anything wrong with this version of Robin Hood. I was just not particularly entertained. I wanted to see it because I really enjoyed Rocketman mainly because I thought Taron Egerton was great. And I wanted to see something else he did. He certainly can carry a film. But even he couldn’t save a script that had no passion. When I heard this film was being made my reaction was why? Didn’t they just make one? How many times has this film been done so far? Is it that popular that they can make money just on the name alone and how could it be worth the investment. I’m really curious to hear about how this film got the green light and what was involved in the production. How did they get the money to do the film? My advice is to skip it. I would much rather have sat through Ridley Scott’s version. I haven’t seen it yet mainly because it’s another Robinhood movie. Eventhough I generally really love Ridley as he has done a few of my favorite films ever. And finally let me add. Why would jamie foxx do this film? He’s a big enough star he must have had other projects that where more interesting.

Acting – 4
Story – 3
Entertainment – 3
Enjoyment – 3
Screenplay – 3
Cinematography – 4
Characters – 3
Plot Holes – 3
Production Value – 4
Overall – 3
Overall Score – 66