Cayle’s Movie Review: Tully

THE SUMMARY

In the third collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody after 2007’s Juno and 2011’s Young Adult, Tully follows Marlo (Charlize Theron) as she struggles to raise two children while expecting a third one. At the suggestion of her brother Craig (Mark Duplass), she hires a night nurse by the name of Tully (Mackenzie Davis).

THE PROS

What’s unique about Tully is its portrayal of parenthood, more specifically motherhood. I felt that Charlize Theron’s portrayal of Marlo was an accurate portrayal of what a mother goes through on a regular basis. The audience gets to see the more unflattering moments of motherhood as well as the good moments.

Although the movie doesn’t have much of a supporting cast, they still managed to be memorable. Mackenzie Davis does a fine job as the titular Tully even though she comes off as a mix of a Mary Poppins-esque character and the “manic pixie dream girl”. While Ron Livingston was also fine as Marlo’s husband Drew, I felt he was in the background for most of the movie.

THE CONS

I won’t spoil the movie, but it has a major twist in its third act. While the movie does explain the circumstances surrounding its twist, I felt it was kind of forced since it came out of nowhere. I know that the movie wanted to drive its point (i.e. the hardships of parenthood) home with its twist, but I felt it was redundant at that point of the movie.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Although the movie was carried by Charlize Theron’s performance, Tully is well-made movie about the hardships of motherhood. The movie shows both the good and bad parts of parenthood. Tully proves that Diablo Cody works best when she’s working with Jason Reitman. While it isn’t the best of their collaboration, it’s still a good movie nevertheless.

SCORE: 7/10

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Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review: Deadpool 2

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review

Deadpool 2

Rating: 10/10 (Excellent)
Recommendation: Blu-Ray It

Pros

The action is phenomenal. The scenes are crisp and camera work is amazing.

The comedy is top notch. The jokes are timed so well and they never feel out of place.

The chemistry is awesome once again. All of the characters feel right at home and they all fit well together.

The story is great too. The pacing is well done, the content is good, and the surprises that come along are just the cherry on top.

Lastly, this is Ryan Reynolds best role and no one should ever take this away from him. He knows the character inside and out and no one can replace him.

Cons

Are there any? Maybe you could nit pick a few scenes that don’t flow well together or a couple jokes that don’t hit but there really isn’t much to knock here.

I will admit that this film may take a second viewing in order to see the flaws but if it takes multiple watches for that to happen then there’s not much to really worry about.

Overall

As a sequel, Deadpool 2 is just as good, if not better, than the first movie. The film scared me with it’s trailers because I thought they were going to “Try to hard” and come up completely short to the first Deadpool but no. They were able to keep their composure and create another gem and hopefully, we’ll get a 3rd movie in the future.

Lastly, stay for the after credits. There are two. If there’s a third my bad. I missed it but it couldn’t top the second credit scene anyways.

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review: Book Club

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review

Book Club

Rating: 6/10 (Fine)
Recommendation: Redbox It

Pros

Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen have great chemistry between each other. They seem like great friends and that they’ve known each other for most of their lives.

The banter is fun. Some of the jokes are the same but they always find a way to make them creative and enjoyable.

And the characters they play are very likable. You end up caring about their plot lines by the end of the film.

Cons

Some of the scenes drag on too long. There are moments you are wanting the movie to hurry up.

When the girls aren’t together, the film does slow down. The individual story arcs are fine but they aren’t as interesting as listening to the ladies talk together.

And it’s a “That type of movie.” If you’ve seen the previews, you know exactly what type of film this is and while that’s not always a bad thing, you know that they’re going to follow a bunch of stereotypes and not do anything different with them to change things up.

Overall

If you’re watching this movie it’s because you want to see this group of actors hang out and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. These ladies are charming, witty, and definitely have a ton of fun on screen. Sure, the film has it’s moments where it falls flat but it’s not the worst by far. There’s enough likability here to at least give it a look over.

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review: Breaking In

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review

Breaking In

Rating: 3/10 (Bad)
Recommendation: Skip It

Pros

The villains are fun in how cliche they are and they’re oddly likable. Once the kind of, sort of, kidnapping begins, Gabrielle Union turns on the “Badass” charm and she becomes kind of fun to watch. And the film is short. It knows it’s not going to be a block buster of any sort so it keeps you in the seat for about an hour and a half gets you out quickly.

Cons

The acting isn’t very good. It feels like everyone’s first movie and they weren’t sure what to do. The action is so so. Once in awhile, a scene will have tension but the angles and camera work don’t do the movie justice. It comes off as more of a “Bore” than anything. The characters aren’t developed well enough for you to really get invested. And the film has a lackluster feel throughout the whole duration.

Overall

This movie is just underwhelming. There is potential with the plot setup but it wasn’t executed well. Scenes drag with little to no tension and the characters are forgettable as soon as you leave the theater.

Honestly, there isn’t a reason to check this film out unless you’re just looking to kill an hour and a half of time before you do something more exciting.

Cayle’s Movie Review: “Overboard”

While everybody’s going to see the new Avengers movie, I’m stuck watching Overboard. Yay…

Although this movie is a remake of the 1987 movie of the same name, Overboard has a rather generic plot. You can practically predict its plot beat for beat. Except for a scene near the end of the movie that is played for laughs, Overboard does nothing new with its overused plot device. There is also a subplot involving the main character’s family that really dragged the pacing of the movie.

I know comedy is supposed to be subjective, but the comedic scenes in Overboard were rather hit or miss (mostly the latter). Although Overboard inspires a few chuckles (mainly from the side characters), it’s not a laugh-out-loud movie.

One of the few things that keeps this movie from being outright awful are its two leads. Both Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez have a great chemistry with each other, and it shows during the movie’s more personal moments.

Overall, Overboard is another uninspired remake from Hollywood.

SCORE: 4/10

Cayle’s Movie Review: “Bad Samaritan”

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NOTE: I didn’t have the time to do a video review of this movie this weekend, so I decided to do a written version instead. Enjoy!

Bad Samaritan is pretty much your typical “cat-and-mouse” thriller with a couple of great leads. David Tennant, who is more popularly known for playing the Tenth Doctor in the long-running Doctor Who series, steals the movie as the serial killer Cale Erendreich.  He surprisingly has the range to play such a character. Robert Sheehan does a fine job as the everyman protagonist even though his character is breaking into houses at the beginning of the movie.

Dean Devlin, who is the director of this movie, also directed my least favorite movie of 2017: Geostorm. However, Bad Samartian is a much better effort this time around. The movie’s plot was engaging even though it has been done before

Although there are much better “cat-and-mouse” thrillers such as Se7en and I Saw the Devil, Bad Samaritan is a competently made movie.

SCORE: 6/10

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review: Tully

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review

Tully

Rating: 7/10 (Satisfying)
Recommendation: Redbox It

Pros

Charlize Theron is a strong lead. She carries her character really well and, as per usual, her acting is great.

The story flows pretty well. You get to explore the life of Charlize’s character and you grow to sympathize with what she deals with and how she is able to stay composed under extreme stress. Honestly, this woman should get all of the awards for “Mother Of The Year.” At least in film terms.

Cons

The pacing can feel a tad off at times. You’re never really sure how much time has passed or where you’re at in the timeline of things. It does hinder the overall plot some but not enough to make you feel completely lost either.

The dialouge can feel a bit choppy. Sometimes questions will be asked and they won’t get a complete answer. Or the banter/conversation will feel awkward and lack an overall flow. Again, it’s not too distracting but you will notice something feels off from time to time.

Lastly, not all of the characters are fully utilized here. While this is mainly about Charlize’s character, they don’t explore the other people in the household very often. It sort of leaves an empty feeling/presence when you’re watching them interact with Charlize.

Overall

If you’re looking for an indie movie that is different and laid back, this should suffice your needs. Charlize is really good and the story, while not unique, is pretty compelling. You’re more than likely going to find yourself invested into watching this film more and more as it moves along. Also, the ending is pretty interesting. It definitely makes you think.