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?


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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Thursday Movie Picks: Starring Real Life Couples

Thursday Movie Picks

Happy Thursday, everyone! Here in the UK we’re finally starting to see glimpses of Spring arriving. After we had our best summer ever last year, this winter is feeling particularly long, so I can’t wait until the day that I can think about not blasting the heating wherever I am. Anyway, Thursday brings a new topic for Thursday Movie Picks, hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, and this week we’re talking about movies starring real life couples.

This is a particularly tough week for me as I generally don’t know a lot about the lives of most actors and actresses, but there are definitely some standout choices here. Let’s do this!


Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively, Green Lantern (2011) 

My blog went a whole 2 years before I mentioned Green Lantern. That was a pretty good run, I think. I’m in the handful of people who enjoyed that movie for what it was, although once I got invested in the comics afterward I could see what a disaster it was. Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively weren’t together during the creation of this movie – but it’s how they met and if the Green Lantern movie is responsible for creating this beautiful couple, it can’t be all bad – can it?


Emily Blunt & John Krasinski, A Quiet Place (2018)

Never will I ever forget the day I learned my sweet Jim Halpert was married (sorry, oh wonderful husband of mine). I don’t follow celebrity gossip much but these guys just seem so sweet and genuine, and I’m such a huge fan of both of their works. A Quiet Place, in particular, is one of my favorites, and it’s largely responsible for me finally getting into the horror genre.


Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone, EVERY MOVIE EVER.

Okay but seriously, how amazing is it that Melissa McCarthy’s husband appears in practically every movie she’s in? I honestly find as much joy in spotting him as I did in spotting Stan Lee in the Marvel movies. I almost choked when I saw him in Can You Ever Forgive Me? but it was fascinating to then learn that he was cast well before she even was! I can see 2 movies in development for Melissa on IMDB at the moment, I wonder if he’ll be in those…

Movie Reviews

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

can-you-ever-forgive-me-movie-poster-2018Director: Marielle Heller

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime

Runtime: 106 Minutes

Main Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Jane Curtin, Christian Navarro, Brandon Scott Jones

Plot: Lee Israel is a Biography author struggling financially. She’s rude at best and has burned every bridge her agent has ever built for her. At her lowest point, she forges letters penned by famous people and sells them in order to pay her rent and look after her sick cat.

My Thoughts: You know those movies that just sneak up on you from nowhere and steal your heart? That’s what Can You Ever Forgive Me did for me this week. I’d never even heard of it until the Oscar nominations came in and both Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant cropped up for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. I’ve seen many of McCarthy’s comedies and find them to be very hit and miss, so I was really interested to see her in a more serious role.

Lee Israel is the perfect character for her to play. She’s mean, she’s rude, but she has a cracking sense of humour and that’s where McCarthy shines. Her chemistry with Richard E. Grant is just wonderful to watch, they honestly seem like they’ve been friends for years. The story itself is kind of predictable (it’s based on a real-life story as well, of course) but you don’t go into this movie to be surprised.

So colour me surprised and happy. Whilst I would LOVE both of these actors to take home their respective rewards later this month I’m not sure they’re in the runnings, but I urge you to give this one a watch if you haven’t already.


Best Bit: The banter between Lee and Jack is a highlight for sure, but their last meeting is the best by far. Just as I’d finished wiping my tears away one of them came out with a quip so sharp I ended up laughing out loud!

Worst Bit: When Lee came home after Jack was house sitting for her. I won’t go into specifics for spoiler reasons but I can’t deal with things like what happened there. It makes me all sad.

Fun Trivia: At the premiere of the film, Richard E. Grant happened to meet Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) and asked her what she would have done had Lee Israel been standing in her court. Judy said that she would have given her a light fine because she did not kill anybody and, besides, the people dealing in celebrity memorabilia are possibly a little dodgy themselves.

My Rating: 4 and a half typewriters which may or may not have been used for illegal activity.