The Banger Sisters Reviews
The Banger Sisters delivered exactly what I expected but something far from what I had hoped. The fact is that The Banger Sisters is a film easy to watch due to likeable characters and a light atmosphere as well as some mildly interesting situations, but for one which clearly wants to be a comedy, it is surprisingly unfunny. It shouldn't surprise me because I expected a basic buddy comedy film, and there was enough of a light atmosphere to prevent the film from being melodramatic, but what got me was the fact that there was not a single moment in the film where I laughed. I enjoyed the experience in some ways because the gentle manner of the film made for easy viewing, but there was no laughs stemming from me. There were times when I nearly smiled, but it seemed like The Banger Sisters was just a light drama with some slightly comic subtext. There is nothing new to gain from watching The Banger Sisters that doesn't come from the cast because the script is just thrown together with a derivative plot that has no real direction or objective to it. It is a film about characters, and while the actors bring those characters to life, that is barely thanks to the script. The Banger Sisters is just so bereft of humour that it is surprising, but at the same time it is at least good that they didn't have to force it. The Banger Sisters would work better as a drama, but it clearly wants to be a comedy without trying that hard at all. There were moments of comic potential which were ignored and others which were played off as they would be in the real world, but they just never get to the maximum potential which is a true shame. For his directional debut, Bob Dolman makes his inexperience clear because he leaves the film to rely on the talents of the cast while his screenplay is uncreative and his directional effort fails to make up for it. There is an audience for the film, but that is all reliant on how much viewers love to see the key actresses still going while there is nothing else to boast about. If anyone was to recommend The Banger Sisters to you, I can guarantee you, it would not be for any reason aside from the efforts of Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon because they breathe some much-needed life into the empty 98 minutes of meaningless plotting which is far from original or thoughtful.
Goldie Hawn is undoubtedly the standout actor of The Banger Sisters' cast. In an age where sex appeal is dominated by photoshopped models with eating disorders or musicians with oversized butts, Goldie Hawn is a refreshing sight maintaining seductive sex appeal at age 57. She is salacious, smooth and seductive all in one which is a refreshing sight considering her comedic legacy from films such as Private Benjamin. She puts her natural persona into the part which is the slightly ditzy but deeply intelligent blond female archetype, and her charisma comes into play because of how casually she approaches the rough subject matter. As part of the contrast between her role as the free spirited Suzette and the uptight Lavinia Kingsley, the comic direction that Goldie Hawn takes the material in brings a lot of life into The Banger Sisters. She even continuously pokes fun at her real-life breast augmentation which makes it a cleverly self-deprecating role which she uses for comic benefit without ever actually insulting herself. For Goldie Hawn's final screen role to date, her leading effort in The Banger Sisters is a great one to go out on which reminds us that she still has all her talents on board, and I hope to see her back acting again some day.
Susan Sarandon is also grand. Although I expected as much from her, she still managed to surprise me because of the way she transitions in the part. While her screen time is smaller than you would think, she still makes a great impact. When she first enters the screen she follows a very uptight archetype, and as the chemistry between her and Goldie Hawn develops we begin to see a more energetic and passionate side of her which is a fun change of pace for Susan Sarandon. When she teams up with Goldie Hawn and they hit the town, the energy in the film increases really nicely. Susan Sarandon is a nice lead in The Banger Sisters simply becase of her one minute she is different to Goldie Hawn's character and the next minute they are an inseparable. The pairing of the two of them in The Banger Sisters is a lot of fun to watch because they keep a certain amount of charm in the atmosphere throughout all the story dynamics. The two of them are just a wonderfully charming pair, and their combined efforts surely make The Banger Sisters a memorable film.
Geoffrey Rush is also a welcome presence. Bringing more dramatic sense to the story, Geoffrey Rush plays a man angry at the world and his father which is changed when his life is touched by the free spirit of Suzette. You can see a sense of development in him which maintains a few minor comedy elements and some strong dramatic ones. He steps into the role easily and anchors a sense of meaning in the role which is more than you would expect from a supporting effort in a derivative comedy film. Geoffrey Rush reminds us that he never fails to do his part, even in the most basic material.
So The Banger Sisters gains unflinching benefit from the efforts of Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon in a charming duo, but around them is nothing but weak, derivative plotting and an absence of humour.
The biggest knock on this film is that it needed to be far far longer. We get a good idea about Hawn's character, but I felt like the Sarandon one and her family stuff went by way too fast and seemed too easy. One scene they are all hating on Hawn, a few minutes later they love her? Just seemed like a good 30 minutes was edited out in the final scenes.
So the film gives us a lot of great characters, but not enough time with them. Even Rush seems like he had a lot more development to give.
The film is never boring and that's mostly cause of Hawn. She looks really fine in this film, and her character is so much fun.
A nice Buck Cherry cameo as well.
It a shame that Bob Dolman (The Director) never fully developed the characters or utilized either Sarandon or Hawn's talents to improve its lacking humor.