Brad's Status Reviews
This movie was not only a huge drag, it is oh-so politically correct! Something for everyone without a drag. The only thing missing is COMEDY! Not ONE laugh throughout the entire movie.
So, if you're a SJW, you will love this as long as you hate to laugh. For the rest of us normal people, this was horrible. You will walk away with one lesson - according to this movie, life sucks matter who you are or how much money you have.
LIFE SUCKS according to the very wealthy and acclaimed Ben Stiller. So, you ask, what hope is there for the rest of us. Excuse me, while I go slit my wrists and good night!
I was not expecting this Ben Stiller movie to get so honest and real with me. It dug under my skin and into some deep fears/general apprehensions about life and the future.
This is probably my favourite midlife crisis movie ever. The typical midlife crisis themes were explored beautifully, honestly (brutally so), and at all times on the verge of being painful like an emotional oblivion, but staying on that edge, dangling our feet into it.
This movie was tactful, subtle, very grounded and aware of itself. Even if it said little in terms of new insights into the midlife crisis, it said what it did beautifully. Even if it did play into some genre clichés, it was all done so well I didn't even mind. It just worked.
Ben played his role perfectly. Seriously. I loved him in this role. The rest of the actors were fine. The kid did well as a believable teenager.
The music was pretty fun, had its own personality, was fitting at all times. The visuals were serviceable.
It's an incredibly tight package with a heavy and difficult theme. It's definitely a sleeper gut punch. It'll stick with me for a while. Beautiful.
Brad has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento where he lives with his sweet-natured wife, Melanie (Jenna Fischer), and their musical prodigy son, Troy (Austin Abrams), but it's not quite what he imagined during his college glory days. Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he can't help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends: a Hollywood bigshot (White), a hedge fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen).
Ben Stiller is someone who's been around for a while and while his name may become buried under the plethora of actors in today's business, it's performances like these that show how truly talented he is. Not only was this an amazing film, but it was just so well made in every which way. I've gotta say, I loved Ben Stiller's performance in it. He showed so much emotion in a role that could've been killed with over dramatization, but it felt so real.
One thing that was amazing about this film was the screenplay. The screenplay was so well constructed and was so well written. This is the kind of format that is almost guaranteed to work when done correctly. Its ability to delve deep into its themes and messages made it so relatable and memorable. I thought the pacing was great and the way the story was told honestly pretty captivating.
The film overall was a feel good, think-hard film. It's a film that has these really happy emotions, but it's also filled with fears that I think a lot of people will be able to relate to. It's something that I think a lot of people who are older can use to put a microscope on their life, along with those who are trying to make their way in life.
In the end, "Brad's Status" was honestly a great watch. It's on Amazon Prime and I highly recommend it.