With three Oscar winners in the lead roles, the biggest problem with 'The Little Things' is that it raised the bar of expectations to unattainable levels and cant do justice to all of its inimitable performers.
The story follows a sheriff's deputy (Denzel Washington) as he is forced to revisit the city that he had left behind in order to finally put to rest a case that has been haunting him all his life.
Jared Leto is his weird, quirky best as the lead suspect while Rami Malek is underutilized as the earnest, overzealous cop on his tail. There is a lot of brooding dialogue and confrontational sequences that have a lot of acting chops but no depth in the storyline to back it up.
Director John Lee Hancock expected his three leads to do most of the heavy lifting here, but even actors of their stature cant gloss over the gaping holes in this poorly written attempted thriller.
Denzel makes the film watchable in parts but as a whole it does not answers any of the questions it sets to pose to the
audience and leaves us pondering what was the point of it all.
Not recommended. It is a shame that actors of such caliber couldn't come together for something better.
Chris McKay, director of the delightful Lego franchise of movies steps into the realm of sci-fi with the futuristic thriller 'The Tomorrow War' headlined by Chris Pratt.
The story follows an ex-special ops soldier turned high school teacher Dan Forester (Pratt) as he is drafted into an army sent into the future to combat an alien invasion.
Although the premise is ingenuitive, the innovation in storytelling stops there as the rest of the action follows generic genre tropes and one doesn't even get the comic relief normally associated with Pratt's hit films.
Chris Pratt ably shoulders the responsibilities of the leading man with especially the emotional scenes with his daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong)
The CGI is top-notch and the aliens who form the core of the narrative are made all the more scarier by terrific sound design and fine detailing in their morphology.
JK Simmons expectedly shines in his supporting role but it is Yvonne Strahovski as Colonel Forester that truly catches the eye, in what should be a breakthrough role for her.
Although it ends up being a generic sci-fi thriller without adding anything new to the genre, the splendid acting performances make the film immensely watchable.
A fun one-time switch-off-your-brains and embrace the action watch. Recommended.
The expectations are always immense for any Disney-Pixar animated feature and 'Luca' had all the trappings of a cliched narrative.
The story follows a bright, inquisitive young 'Luca', a mermaid-like young boy who is stuck living in the ocean when all he has ever wanted was to venture onto land.
He encounters a rambunctious merman 'Alberto' and strike a friendship that sees them break all societal shackles and embark on an adventure in the nearby human town.
Despite a familiar setting with the usual coming-of-age tropes, Luca breaks new ground by subtly conveying its politics and messaging via smooth allegories and child-friendly situational comedy.
Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer and Emma Berman voice the three leads with the right amounts of authenticity, innocence and a childish sense of wonder.
It is at its core, a beautiful tale of friendship and camaraderie and tells us that it is completely ok to be the 'different' one, to own it and stand out from the crowd in doing so.
This movie will leave you with an urge to dial-up a dear friend you haven't been in touch with or reconnect with that estranged childhood buddy that you lost along the way. And that's what makes it great cinema.
A definite must-watch. Highly recommended!
I chose Blind (2011) solely based on the fact that Nayanthara's next upcoming film, Netrikkann, is based on this Korean thriller. The unique plotline, where a blind ex-cop looks to track down a serial killer based on a chance encounter, is a surefire hook for any movie aficionado.
An adorable and nuanced lead performance from Kim Ha-nuel and moreover, her beloved pet 'Seul'gi' have you instantly rooting for their perilous journey to the truth.
Yoo Seung-ho is wonderfully restrained in his role as a problematic witness while Jo Hee-bong delightfully inserts dollops of dry humour in the tensest of scenes to leave you pleasantly surprised.
It is Yang Yeong-Jo's fearsome villain that truly takes the cake in terms of performances, balancing the outward gentleman persona brilliantly with the psychopath underneath.
Blind is engaging, emotional, suspenseful and cathartic. In a role seemingly tailor-made for her, if Nayanathra and team manage to keep the audience on a knife-edge with the same suspenseful narration, they will have an industry hit on their hands.
Director Paul Weitz's emotional comedy Fatherhood dropped on this special Fathers Day weekend, with the excellent Kevin Harte essaying the role of a recently widowed father of an infant.
Everything from him coming to terms with his wife's passing to learning to care for his young baby girl is portrayed with so much grace, deft wit and charm that you are hooked from the onset.
Kevin Hart displays there he is so much more than your average funny man, excelling in the emotionally charged scenes, especially the exchanges with his daughter, portrayed by the instant show-stealer, Melody Hurd.
As expected, the comedy leaves you in splits, especially those unleashed by the insanely funny Lil Reid Howery, who excels as Hart's best bud 'Jordan'.
Fatherhood doesn't break new ground or add anything fresh to the genre, yet it leaves you emotionally satisfied. A relatable coming-of-age comedy-drama where the dad matures emotionally, along with his child.
The perfect fathers day weekend watch. Recommended.