One Day Meets Beatles: Music and Love Story Overpower Interesting Concept

Yesterday Poster

 

We all know music and many of us love it without so much a whim so long as we get the tracks we love.  The artists who work to make music often are recognized more for their abuse of money and fame, rather than the motivation behind their music. So what would happen if you could be that artist you admire so much?  What if you could take credit for their work and nobody had a clue they even existed?  Well that’s where tonight’s movie comes in, and yours truly is here to cover the film to let you know whether or not the film is worth a check out.  Let’s get started as tonight we look at:

 

Movie: Yesterday (2019)

 

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writers:

Jack Barth (story by), Richard Curtis (screenplay)

Stars:

Himesh PatelLily JamesSophia Di Martino

 

LIKES:

 

  • Charming
  • Fun
  • Good Covers
  • Decent Comedic Relief
  • The “cameo”
  • The Artistic Messages
  • The Love Story
  • The Acting

 

DISLiKES:

  • Trailers spoiled Much
  • Kate McKinnon’s Extreme Character
  • Other Secondary Characters Lost
  • A Little Preachy
  • Not Quite The Revelation/Tension I thought

 

SUMMARY:

 

Much like Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle’s work once again manages to capture a charming tale that holds so much in the simplistic story telling. Yesterday was able to bring a lot of fun into the tale, taking the idea of living life as a rock star and using the covers, which are of a good quality, to maximize much of the Beatle’s legacy without the masters themselves being present.  Despite the seriousness of the movie, Yesterday is funny, selecting a drier, English wit that is occasionally spritzed with some American antics including several cameos that are fun to see.  However, Boyle’s accomplishment also is finding a way to incorporate the true film art style by sampling some artistic messages into the love story at hand. Yesterday’s alternate reality is awe inspiring in terms of pulling the blinds of fandom down to reveal the moral testing sacrifices that the music celebrity world requires, managing to test the boundaries of love without diving too far in Hallmark territory.  And it’s actually thanks to the acting that I was able to become entranced by the magic of this film.  There are plenty of actors to talk about, but in reality it’s Patel and James that take center stage, each presenting balanced performances that work in tandem and craft the tale that many will enjoy, again making a believable romance story. 

 

Yet there are a few limitations for me that I have to say I was surprised to see, at least for some of them.  One thing that is not quite a shocker is how much the trailers have given away in the mass franchising, with many key parts and comedy hits revealed in the television spots.  Amidst the predictability, Yesterday starts to lose some of its balance in terms of several decisions they made with the characters.  One thing is Kate McKinnon, the comedic queen holds the same personality quirks that people loved, but for me her style of comedy was forced and a little too extreme for the tone this movie set.  It’s SNL like presentation worked sometimes, but like a few Sheeran moments felt out of place from the components I liked.  And much like many films, Yesterday’s secondary characters we are introduced to sort of feel lost to the layered storytelling, dropped in the background for more comedic one liners.  Sure a bit realistic, but again I’m about utilizing the characters as much as you can.  Oh well, I guess that decisions goes with the themes of the movie about fame vs everything else, which although artistically presented sometimes got a bit too after school special for me.  However, the biggest “let down” so to speak was the lack of mind-blowing, or even suspenseful, revelations that the trailers suggest lied in the wings of this mystery.  Yesterday’s concept is interesting, so you were hoping for some secret to be revealed that would not sweep the film off of the beautiful presentation he put together. Not the case, for the concept sort of fizzles out in favor of pursuing the character arc stories that were built in the 2 hours.

 

      Overall, Yesterday worked for me and was fun to watch.  A beautiful balance of love, music, and charming artistic quality, Boyle proves to still have the eye for alternative storytelling.  It’s an entertaining film with a lot of heart that many should enjoy and I feel the acting performances and direction give you the characters you want to invest your time in.  There are some forced moments into the movie, primarily in altering the comedy to add a little more moisture to the drier comedy, but it’s really the lack of that giant revelation punch at the mystery that really stood out for me in terms of areas to improve.  Still, the charming tale is one that can be enjoyed in theater, but the fact it doesn’t have enough flash bang boom components means that a home viewing is most likely in your future. 

 

My scores are:

 

Comedy/Fantasy/Music:  8.0

Movie Overall: 7.0

 

Is The Theater A Pit Where Cleaning Occurs, Or Soars High In The Sky?

The Spy Who Dumped Me Poster

 

Comedies continue to flood the theaters, and as such waiver in their quality of laughs, story, and whatever other gimmick they are going for.  Despite big names trying to lead the fun, the increasing demand and limited supply doesn’t always work out, lead to the generic tide we are seeing.  Still, it’s up to reviewers like me to shed some light on the topic and help inform you of the movies you are thinking of seeing.  Tonight, we dive right into the action-comedy thriller, that hopes to get the month of August in a comedic light.  Robbie K here reviewing:

 

Movie: The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

 

Director:

Susanna Fogel

Writers:

Susanna Fogel,  David Iserson

Stars:

Justin Theroux,  Blanka Györfi-Tóth,  Vilma Szécsi

 

 

LIKES:

 

Good Pace:  A comedy that doesn’t take long to dive into all the fun, and keeps that fun going.  The Spy Who Dumped Me has very few scenes that involve our characters doing nothing, leading to a well-paced movie that keeps you immersed in all the shenanigans at hand.

 

Surprisingly Action Packed: The movie may just seem like a giant farce of spy thrillers.  While this is true, the movie still managed to have some impressively choreographed battles, loaded with special effects, movie magic, and that rage bending destruction that we action junkies love. Kudos to the team responsible for thinking up the stunts, for they kept it diverse and relevant to the story and not just some ploy to rope in more bucks.

 

The Chemistry:  Mila Kunisand Kate McKinnonhave a fantastic chemistry together, able to form a friendship and really play off the obsession each has for the other.  Their energy is infective, bouncing off of each other’s quirks to continue stoking the comedic flames higher with each passing second.  Yet, below the funny surface is a deeper relationship that helps fuel the adventure and intensity even more.  In regards to all the secondary players in this interesting game of chess, each having an outstanding integration with our lovely ladies.

 

Funny:  The movie absolutely had me busting a gut a few times, the writers playing to my strengths of good timing and the actors bring fantastic delivery to the lines.  The Spy Who Dumped Me has much diversity in their comedic presentation, ranging from witty remarks and humorous responses to the crudest jokes that are about your favorite body part on both sexes.  Nevertheless, this diverse presentation and lovely ladies leading the ridiculous run, really accomplished the funny aspect of the movie.

 

DISLIKES:

 

The Predictability: The movie really needed to try and surprise me a little better when it came to twists and tricks.  While the linearity is appreciated from the comedic stand point, it did take away from the story when you could predict so much from a mile away.  Too much foreshadowing and not enough planning leads to some jokes getting ruined due to how obvious the next step was.

 

Some Plot Elements/Character Integration:  Many of the characters got their just time on the silver screen, proving their purpose for being including in the adventure at hand.  Yet, there are a few plot points that were boring, or full of holes that didn’t quite impress me.  Much of this has to do with the random characters introduced haphazardly about midway through the movie, not really needed and not as fleshed out as they had probably planned. I know it’s not supposed to make sense, I get it, it’s a comedy. Yet the story element is still important and in need of tweaking for the next installment should they continue on with the series.

 

The Crude vs Ridiculousness: The movie’s comedic ploys were very reliant on the two starlets, hoping that nothing would go stale in their delivery. Some of the crude moments are not tasteful, a little insulative that crosses some lines in my book (including seeing a male genetalia). Other times the running jokes were only okay, but grew stale at times when you figured they would learn once the information was fed to them.  In regards to how ridiculous this can be?  It gets about a 500 on my meter, with McKinnon being the source of whimsical, serious, Mad Hatter attitude, the level of weird and over the top is raised in this film.  Get ready for a lot of random lines and pick them up with caution depending on the jokes that come your way.

 

Violence too Much?: Spy who dumped me is not anyone’s friend, and the spies playing in the game sometimes go insane with gore laden moves that are slightly sickening to watch. Be prepared for very graphic kills and sickening sounds to come your way, and exercise caution prior to taking younger audience members to see it with you.

 

THE VERDICT:

 

The Spy who dumped me surprised me to be quite honest. My friend Rashad was right that the film is incredibly entertaining, and the leading ladies bring much of that success alongside talented dialogue writers. Even more so, the genius move of bringing action scenes to the movie was also a giant plus for me, as it kept me engaged in all the madness coming.  Still, the movie has some balancing to do, primarily in trying to make an engaging storyline even though they have been shared with the rest of the group.  Yet, really make sure to exercise caution with your friends/families with younger kids, for their impressionable minds may pick up a habit/nightmare you don’t want.

 

My scores are:

 

Action/Comedy:  8.5

Movie Overall:  7.5

A Rough Night For This Reviewer

Rough Night

 

Bachelorette parties, a sacred ritual to help a young woman transition from single life into the world of marriage.  Of course, like most things, modern traditions have adulterated with new traditions and rituals that leads for a rather “exciting” night. So why not make another movie about it.  Tonight, my friend and I hit the theater to cover the latest comedy to “grace” the big screen entitled Rough Night!  What does this obviously titled film have in store for us?  As always, please read on to find out and help determine whether or not it is worth your money to hit the theater.

 

So what do you get?  For once the trailers were pretty spot on with their portrayal of this movie.  Rough night is a very raunchy, simplistic, and over the top comedy that has little sustenance outside of the attempt at humor.  It’s ridiculousness at times is clever, but these moments are few and far between, buried under the comedy rubble that fills this movie. Aggressive innuendos come rushing out of the woodwork, many delivered in the overdramatic manner that somehow seems to be popular and entertaining to many.  The all-star cast assembled to for this film are okay, dropping their dynamic acting range for superficial roles filled with cursing and satire. Lazy writing also doesn’t help sell the comedy factor, primary thanks to the consistent cursing, shouting of the male genitalia, overzealous drug use, and cringe worthy catchphrases.   Kate Mickinnon is able to salvage some parts of the film with her usual tricks, working the Australian accent with her pizazz and spot-on timing.

Story wise, nothing special here.  Rough Night’s plot is about 80% revealed in the trailers and there is little surprise left for you in the audience. Some of the more adult moments will be the eye widening magic you are seeking, but again these are often awkward uncomfortable, or unnecessary.  Still the movie’s tale had some surprising character development and a nice twist thrown into the mix to help keep things dynamic.  The morals hit close to home on some level, but again are robbed by another bout of stupidity.  I know, you aren’t there for the character developments and rugged plot, but other comedies have learned to balance things and that is where this movie fails.

 

In the end though here are my likes and dislikes:

 

LIKES:

  • Kate McKinnon
  • Good, upbeat soundtrack
  • Short Run Time
  • More dynamic storyline

 

DISLIKES:

  • Incredibly stupid
  • Excessive cursing
  • Aggressive humor
  • Trailers Ruined most of the movie
  • Inappropriate at many times
  • Shallow story
  • Annoying characters
  • Dropped plots
  • Overacting
  • Limited target audience

 

 

THE VERDICT:

 

            It’s nice to see a movie fit the expectations set by the advertising, but it’s sad that this is a form of entertainment.  Rough night fails to find balance and resorts to cheap parlor tricks known as adult humor.  Sure there are clever components (primarily thanks to the boyfriend and Kate), but even they can’t save the movie from the monotonous laziness that is to come.  kWhy must it be overacted?  I don’t know, but nevertheless this movie failed on many accounts.  Recommended audience members include bachelorettes, girls nights out, or fans of one of the cast.  For the rest though, skip this movie until it darkens the library of Netflix. 

 

My scores are:

 

Comedy:  5.5

Movie Overall: 3.0