Movie Reviews

Thunder Force (2021)

thunder-force-movie-review-netflix-2021Director: Ben Falcone

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 106 Minutes

Main Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Melissa Leo, Taylor Mosby, Marcella Lowery, Melissa Ponzio, Ben Falcone

Plot: In this fictional version of the US, supervillains are rife and things are just getting worse. Thankfully, Emily Stanton (Octavia Spencer), a highly-intelligent scientist, has developed the means to give herself superpowers in order to stop the villains. Things don’t go to plan though when her old childhood best friend Lydia Berman (Melissa McCarthy) makes a mess of things and accidently gives herself some of the powers.

My Thoughts: At this point I think I have to throw in the towel. I have seen all 5 comedies directed by Ben Falcone and I can’t say that a single one is good. I might even have to rate them in their own little list. Why do I keep watching them? Even worse, why do I look forward to watching them? Somehow he always gets a great cast and it’s them that make me give Falcone another chance. I realise all this time I’ve blamed Melissa McCarthy for being so hit and miss, but the issue is who’s in the director’s chair! So safe to say, I did not love Thunder Force.

That isn’t to say it’s all doom and gloom. Let’s talk about some of the positives. A superhero movie with 2 leading ladies? Great! One of them is a person of colour? Excellent. Both of them have real bodies and no editing has been done to make them appear slimmer? Can I get a HELL YES?! Love that. It’s not all bad. McCarthy and Spencer also have terrific chemistry together on screen and I’d love to see them in another comedy together. But you know, maybe with Paul Feig behind it instead.

There are a few good moments but they’re mostly all in the trailer, that’s all you need to watch. The soundtrack is a lot of fun, too. Can you tell I’m really struggling to say nice things about this movie? It was watchable, I don’t feel like I wasted my time completely (I played on my phone whilst watching though) and it’s probably still better than the 2015 Fantastic Four movie. How’s that for a compliment?

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Best Bit: Two words, JASON BATEMAN. He plays a villain called The Crab and he’s literally just a guy with crab claws for arms. There’s at least two occasions where he walks off screen sideways and it was the only joke I laughed out loud at. Eeasily the best part of the whole movie.

Worst Bit: I don’t mind so much having pop culture references in comedies, the biggest downfall of them is 5, 10, years later the jokes aren’t relevant anymore but is Fortnite still a thing? There were so many jokes referencing the game but I haven’t heard anything about it for a while now.

Fun Trivia: “The raw chicken is actually really thinly sliced pears treated with citric acid and food coloring,” says Falcone. “It was so believable that we all got completely grossed out every time we saw it as did everybody who had to eat it. Melissa was like, ‘I know it’s a pear, but it’s just hard not to imagine it as raw chicken.’ So that was difficult for her to get through.”

My Rating: 2 Fortnite llamas, because that’s as far as my Fortnite knowledge goes…other than ‘taking the L’ and ‘doing the floss’. I guess I really am old now.

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Movie Reviews

Review: Game Night (2018)

game-night-movie-review-2018Have I ever mentioned how much I love Jason Bateman comedies? Horrible Bosses and The Change UpĀ are 2 of my favourite movies of all time, and I’m also a big fan of board games and game nights in general so you can imagine how gutted I was to miss the cinema release of Game Night! It was just one of those incidents where plans were made, the showtimes didn’t work, and then by the time the plans are made again, it’s not in the cinema anymore.

Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) met at a quiz night, fell in love, and hosted a weekly game night for their friends ever since. Things get tense when Max’s extremely successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) comes to visit, and suggests hosting the ultimate game night at his rented accommodation. It’s a murder mystery night where one of the group will be kidnapped, but things take a strange turn…

Sadly if you’ve seen the trailer you’ll know what that turn is, but although it gives away far too much of the story (in my opinion anyway) there’s still a lot of fun to be had, and plenty of surprises along the way. There’s always that fear with comedies that all the good jokes are in the trailer, leaving nothing left, but I found loads more to laugh at this time around.

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If you’re a fan of American sitcoms like I am then there’s also a lot of familiar faces to spot which I always find fun. Jason Bateman gives you exactly what you would expect, but the show-stealer this time round was without a doubt Max’s weird neighbour Gary (Jesse Plemons Am I the only one who had to do a double take to check he wasn’t actually Matt Damon?

Anyway, Gary used to be a part of Max’s weekly game nights but when he split from his wife the group started to avoid him (because he’s quite weird), leaving the gang having to creep into the house so as not to make Gary suspicious.

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Despite all of this though, there’s just something stopping Game Night from being up there with the ultimate comedies for me. Perhaps its a movie that will grow on me more and more, as I’ll definitely be rewatching it at some point, but maybe it’s just that I had to wait so long to see it. It’s still a great comedy by all counts of course!

I feel like the last 20 or so minutes is where most of the real enjoyment is, and if you’ve already seen Game Night you’ll know why. I wondered how many times the movie was going to turn the tables on us! It gets a solid 4 out of 5 squeaky dog toys from me.

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