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I May Destroy You
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This film puts two actors without stand-up backgrounds on stage and we believe fully that they are comics who would be miserable doing anything else. There is comedy, there are gut punches and some heartwarming scenes. Hanks delivers. By all accounts, in the months leading up to the shoot, he deep-dived into the stand-up world to workshop material and stage presence until he was believable up there. KUDOS! (NB: Some of the jokes don't age well, but it's a time capsule of the era so it is forgivable)
If movies can be adorable, this one is. Hanks' portrayal of Viktor Navorski is solid and the other stand out is Stanley Tucci. Very off-brand for Spielberg, but I like that about him. It's an entertaining story, and I was blown away when I learned it was in fact filmed on a set, impressively constructed in a huge hangar in Los Angeles.
You can't judge The Money Pit by today's standards, this is a late 80s movie and it's fantastic. Hanks is Hanks, perfectly loud, and it's that brand of slapstick that he grew out of in the 90s, but I would love him to revisit the style just once more. The house is a great adversary and the workmen provide some wonderful running jokes.
A movie that surprises you. Isaac Jay is the standout but the whole cast is great. A strong debut from Elle Callahan.
It feels more like a brilliantly executed MFA graduate project than a film intended for the cinema or a wide audience. It ticks every box well but somehow still misses the mark.