Here is a very interesting and unique movie that isn't for everyone. Actually, I'd be willing to be most people will turn it off, hate it, or just be like "This movie sucked". But, those people sometimes get caught up in the "norm" with movies, and can't enjoy a simple, yet challenging movie. This movie is a one man show. Tom Hardy plays Locke, a construction manager who leaves works, and is driving to a destination that will change his life forever. The entire movie takes place in the car, and is just Tom Hardy talking on the phone. But the conflicts between his work and personal life is riveting. I don't want to say too much, because it's a movie that is best to just unfold without any prior knowledge. It's not a movie with car crashes, or shootouts. Just a drama about a man whose life is changing. Hardy is memorizing in this, and I'd say not many actors could have pulled this off. I was glued to the screen for the 85 minutes(it's not a long movie at all). Kind of reminded me of a movie 2 years ago called "Magin Cell". Just a real life drama, that is filled with tension and great dramatic performances. The only thing I didn't like about this was the ending. But even if the destination wasn't the best, the ride was fantastic. Great movie, that deserves a look, even though most won't care for it. I can hear my mom saying it now, "The movie sucked, it didn't have any zombies".
Let me start this with saying that I'm a big Melissa McCarthy fan. I really liked "Identity Thief" and "The Heat". But, when I saw the previews for this I just didn't think it looked that funny, and I was right. Now, I imagine there are a lot of people(especially women) that thought this was funny and good. Awesome, I'm glad you liked it. However, to me it just was very uneven and seemed like McCarthy was trying too hard, and missing the mark. Compare this to her performance in "The Heat". She's effortless in that, but here she's basically a caricature of her characters. But, she doesn't have anyone to bounce off of like Sandra Bullock or Jason Bateman, and I think that's where the movie is really lacking. She is the type of comedic actress, that really needs someone strong to bounce off of. Susan Sarandon plays her Grandma(the movie is pretty much a road trip movie), but her character isn't the straight man that McCarthy needs. I got bored with it by the end, and when it starts to dig into the drama, I just zoned out completely. Have I seen worse movies? Oh yeah, a lot of em. But, this could have been better with a lot of tweaks. Hopefully McCarthy's next movie is better, because movies like this will eventually kill her career.
Elizabeth Banks is one of those actresses that is just likeable. She has that quality where you just watch her movies, and like her. Here she is the star as a news anchor who has a one night stand, then her car is towed. She has to travel through the worst parts of town to get to the biggest job opportunity of her life. Are there cliches? Yup, through the whole thing. But it's funny, and one of those good nature comedies that in a few years will be on FOX and you'll chill out to watch because you didn't love it, but liked it. Banks is great, and the rest of the cast do good. It tries to be outrageous, but it's very tame compared to most comedies these days. Really reminded me of "Adventures in Babysitting" only without the kids, or babysitting. If that makes any sense. Anyway, worth a watch!
So a few months ago I got a copy of this and before I watched it I realized I didn't remember the first movie. So I went back and re-watched and hated it. But me being a big movie whore, still had to go and watch the sequel. What a waste. This movie is boring and a real poor man's Tyler Perry movie. It's not funny at all, and the drama is so melodramatic that I didn't care for anyone in this. Here's a movie that needed Kevin Hart to add some real comedic spice. Instead you get some crap about a bunch of friends spending Christmas together, and one has cancer. Just not a good movie, even Emily was bored to tears with it. If you enjoyed the original, then I'm sure you were all gung ho for this. Good for you, I'm glad someone liked it. But for me, this just wasn't good at all. I'll probably still see a third one(if they make it), but it'll help me sleep more than anything.
I had very low expectations for this movie. All the reviews were bad, and it generally just didn't look that good. As a story, it's a very uneven dramedy about relationships. When it's funny, it's really funny. But when it focuses on the drama, it stutters. Having said that the cast is fantastic. Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron, and Miles Teller are all 3 actors with very bright futures. Especially Teller, the guy is hilarious in everything. This is one of those movie where in 10 years people will be like "damn! they were in a movie together like that?!" It sure won't be remembered for much else. Emily watched the whole thing and thought it was ok. If she likes it, I'm sure all the women will too. Guys, there's at least 1 scene at a party that makes the whole thing worth it. Check it out sometime.