Archive for the ‘romcom’ Category

Isn’t It Romantic – *

Posted: March 4, 2019 in 2019, romcom, USA, X

Isn’t It Romantic ? NO

It’s a great idea though. A cynical woman who hates romcoms hits her head and wakes up in a world that is filled with romcom clichés. The makers clearly watched a lot of nineties romcoms and trying to guess the references in this comedy is part of the fun. However, the movie makers explain way too many things. If you want to take a piss of romcom clichés, it’s really not necessary to explain the cliché.

Of course the dream she is in leads to a happy ending when she wakes up. But if you want to be original and surprise your audience, this is not the way to go. Luckily, there’s a fun surprise before the end credits roll. Madonna’s Express Yourself covered by the entire cast. Oops. Spoiler !

Next!

www.imdb.com/title/tt2452244

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Juliet, Naked – **(*)

Posted: February 7, 2019 in 2018, Romance, romcom, UK, XX

Flight movie #2

At the end of this indie comedy the name Nick Hornsby comes up and it all makes sense. The British author has written several books and screenplays that focus on quirky romance with a musical impact.

Same in this gem, which revolves around a young woman who’s a bit bored with her partner of fifteen years. The guy is obsessed with an indie rock star from the nineties, who he devoted a blog and an entire basement room to. The rock star hasn’t made any music for the past twenty years and seemed to have disappeared from the planet after he walked out of a concert back in the mid nineties. One day a demo cd arrives at the couples’ home address and it turns out to be the first new material of this rock star. This will change the future of all three people drastically.

It’s a fun movie. Ethan Hawke is the rock star and he does a fine job. His character is really goofy and irresponsible. He ends up showing up in the UK, more specific in a charming coastal town of Kent, where the couple lives. The jokes are witty and very British. The drama is light-hearted, but engaging. The music sucks, but that’s the whole point of the story. It’s over before you know it. So give it a shot.

www.imdb.com/title/tt5607096

Crazy Rich Asians – *

Posted: January 21, 2019 in 2018, romcom, X

Flight movie #2

The title says it all. In the first hour of this movie we get to see crazy rich Asians, doing their crazy, rich thing in Singapore. Oh and there’s a normal ‘Asian American’ girl observing it all. Her boyfriend never told her he is one of the richest Asians in the world, so she’s in for a shock.

It’s a typical class difference romcom without much comedy and with dramatic romance.  It’s a movie filled with stereotypes and clichés and bare-chested men! The first caucasian man you get to see is racist. The only gay character is effeminate. Women want to shop. Men have to leave the house for business. It also doesn’t make sense. Everyone seems to know who this Mike Young is, but this smart university professor is dating a guy for over a year and she never bothered asking him about his background? And he just doesn’t tell her about his wealth and expects her to just adapt to his posh world? Fool someone else!

It’s a terrible movie. The dialogue is very poor. The acting is mediocre at best. We hear English spoken with an American, British and Chinese accent. It’s explained, but it still feels weird. They talk about decadence but don’t really show it. The cinematography is simple. There are better amateur made home videos on youtube showing the sights of Singapore.

The first hour is terrible. But the Mahjong scene is great. And the Asian covers of Madonna en Coldplay are fun.

www.imdb.com/title/tt3104988

The concept of this French Netflix original is great. A chauvinist macho guy wakes up in a world where the men have a subordinate position and everything is run by the women.  Moreover, the women act like men and the men act like women. It’s a fun concept and there are laughs throughout the movie, but it’s a gimmick that never really becomes a story. Some scenes are really cool though, but they would work better in a weekly sketch show. The men need to wear shorts. The women wear suits. The men get the coffee and do the ironing and get emotional when watching tv. The women fall asleep after sex, mostly just after a few minutes of riding someone’s penis and not caring at all about servicing their partner. It’s really fun. Like how they sexualize the male body in tv programs. Hilarious!

But there’s no story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sure, the man falls for a successful writer who wants to use him as the character of her new book. She ends up falling for him as well. BORING! They made better romcoms in the fifties with the classic men/women contrasts shown by Rock Hudson and Doris Day.

But it’s fun nevertheless. Just not particularly well acted.

 

www.imdb.com/title/tt6857988

 

 

Overboard – **

Posted: June 2, 2018 in 2018, Comedy, romcom, USA, XX

As far as bilingual (Spanish-English) American comedies go, this one is pretty okay. It’s a remake from a 30 year old movie (which I remember having seen in the movie theaters – yes, I’m getting old) with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. But this time around they swapped the gender roles.

A rich man gets amnesia and a poor woman he used to be mean to, decides to pretend he’s her husband. Of course the rich man starts liking his poor new life, until the truth is revealed.

Yes, it’s a stilly, unrealistic story. Yes, it’s predictable. Yes, the acting isn’t so good. But it’s a great 90 minutes of mindless fun. It’s like Snatched. These comedies get roasted for being all of the above. But you know, sometimes, silly can be fun. And it’s okay to like silly.  And Eugenio Derbez’s performance really isn’t that bad at all. He saves the movie from being a disaster.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1563742

Coming To America – *

Posted: February 24, 2018 in 1998, romcom, USA, X

Lupita Nyong’o mentioned in a talk show how she was surprised how americans see Africa. After arriving in the country and seeing Coming To America for the first time, she was shocked. But now it’s one of her favorite movies. She has a point. However, the imaginative depiction of the fictional African country is actually the funniest part of the movie. It is satire. The rest of the story plays in Queens and has terrible humor with terrible acting and a predictable, boring plot line. This is not a good movie. But hey, I’ve seen it now. Took me 30 years.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094898

Nola Darling is a bitch. There you go. She’s terrible. The sort of neo-feminist, who wears sexy dresses and then gets upset when men react to it in a way that she doesn’t like. Bitch, please. Either be sexy and realize that some men can’t deal with independent strong women. Or try not to be sexy. She tries so hard to be that independent strong women who doesn’t give a shit, but she’s constantly bothered with how other people perceive her to be. She wants to be loved and adored, but hates being criticized. Well, sorry, but that’s not how it works. Compared to this character, Madonna is the ultimate feminist.

Nola Darling is entertaining though. She’s an artist living in Brooklyn, in the hip Fort Green area. She has three boyfriends. Just because she can.  One is a married business man, some kind of sugar daddy who ‘sponsors’ her art. The other is a nerdy bike delivery guy who’s not the smartest kid on the block, but who makes her laugh. And the third is a narcissistic photographer who puts her on a pedestal almost as high as his own. They all know that they are not exclusive in her life as she sets rules before she dates men. It’s a luxury life. Living cheap in Brooklyn (the landlord is her godmother who gives her a low rent), adored and loved by many (friends, family, neighbors), and talented on top of all that. The perfect life! Yet, having three boyfriends does take his toll at one point. And that rent still needs to be paid, especially when nobody seems to buy her art. Moreover, one event really freaks her out and messes up her mind. Walking back home, she gets harassed by a man, who doesn’t take no for an answer. He grabs her by the arm and insults her. It’s 2017, so that’s as bad as being raped. She needs to go to the shrink and confronts her boyfriends with macho behavior. In the mean time it inspires her to make anonymous street art that seems to be getting more credit than the pieces she exposes in galleries.

It’s an interesting series. Topic wise. It’s moralizing and political at times. Yawn. But it kind of summarizes what’s been on people’s minds the past couple of years. It’s directed by Spike Lee. So, it’s not strange that there are some ‘controversial’ parts to it. It’s based on his debut movie from back in 1986, but the main story is translated to our modern time. Some of the side stories are really cool. Some aren’t. Most don’t feel real.

The characters are intriguing to watch tough. The acting is good. The soundtrack is incredible. But most of all, the editing is cool. The characters talk directly into the character in certain scenes. There’s a nice selection of still pictures shown in between moving pictures, like you’re browsing through a Humans Of Brooklyn-book. But the coolest editing idea of all is the insertion of the album covers of the music that is played in the previous scene. That’s fucking awesome!

It’s a good series. The first episodes are great. Then it kind of becomes tedious and annoying (when the moralizing begins). But some scenes in the last episodes make it worth watching until the end. The Thanksgiving dance sequence is a classic!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3713588