Always Be My Maybe (2019)

always-be-my-maybe-2019-netflixDirector: Nahnatchka Khan

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Runtime: 101 Minutes

Main Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Keanu Reeves, Susan Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Karan Soni, Charlyne Yi

Plot: Sasha and Marcus have been the best of friends since they were kids, and their friendship soon blossomed into a relationship that ended badly. Years later, Sasha and Marcus meet again.

My Thoughts: Our little Keanu Reeves fan club on Twitter still haven’t recovered from John Wick: Chapter 3 and then BAM, Netflix goes and drops Always Be My Maybe and throws us completely off balance. We’ll come back to Keanu though, it wouldn’t be fair to make this post all about him. I have mixed feelings when I type this but, it’s so great that we’re getting more movies like this with a diverse cast. It really is wonderful, but at the same time, I wish it wasn’t so obvious that movies with a cast like this are so rare. It’s hard for me to put into words, really.

Anyway, I’ve always had a soft spot for romcoms and this one is no exception. There’s nothing new brought to the genre here and you can guess the entire story easily from the brief plot description, but when it’s done well it’s easy to forgive. Marcus is absolutely adorable, I loved his band – especially their song during the credits! Sasha is an incredibly powerful character, but probably a little too powerful for my liking, she was quite unlikeable in some scenes.

What is it about movies with chefs that make me so darn hungry? File this movie under ‘Don’t watch before dinner’ along with Chef (2014) and Burnt (2015). Always Be My Maybe isn’t going to be in many movie fan’s Top 10 at the end of the year but it’s on Netflix, easily available to most, and you can watch must worse on a Saturday night with a takeaway!

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Best Bit: KEANU REEVES. No honestly, hear me out. I know I’m biased right now. But his scene in the restaurant was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. I had no idea he was actually playing himself, and I laughed till I cried. Can we have more Keanu roles where he wears thick glasses and acts like a complete douche bag? PLEASE, movie gods?!

But also – that song!
“Best believe I punched Keanu Reeves
And it was better than any scene
You could see in Speed
I hit John Wick
And now I’m feeling so appealing
Basically, I’m a god
You could call me Hercules”

Worst Bit: I liked the movie enough for the comedy but at times Sasha and Marcus’ relationship was hard to buy into. They’re both great in their own roles but the chemistry just isn’t there – I found myself not bothered whether they actually ended up together in the end or not.

Fun Trivia: Keanu Reeves filmed all his scenes in 4 days between shooting John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019). All of his scenes were filmed in San Francisco instead of Vancouver to accommodate his schedule.

My Rating: 3 pairs of thick-rimmed glasses, because Keanu Reeves, that’s why.

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Long Shot (2019)

long-shot-movie-review-poster-2019Director: Jonathan Levine

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Runtime: 125 Minutes

Main Cast: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogan, June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ravi Patel, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis, Randall Park

Plot: Charlotte Field, the Secretary of State, is planning to run for President. Her team tells her that her speeches could do with more humour injected into them, and so when she runs into Fred Flarsky, a journalist that she knew when they were both younger, she hires him, not knowing that he has a crush on her.

My Thoughts: I’m really sorry if you happen to have this surname, but is it just me or does Fred Flarksy sound like the most made-up name ever? It sounds like you’re trying to hide who you’ve just spent all night with. His name was Fred…Flar…Flarsky. Fred Flarsky! This isn’t the start of a ranty review because I actually loved the movie, but I’ve been dying to say that!

Romcoms can be huge hits or misses, and on paper, Long Shot should have been one of the misses. It doesn’t bring anything new to the genre at all but it does everything so well that it’s a really enjoyable movie. Plus – who gave Seth Rogan the right to be so good looking?! Am I hormonal right now or not alone on this one?! The chemistry between him and Charlize Theron felt real and they were actually quite adorable together. By chance, I caught them both on the Graham Norton show just before going out and they really do gel well!

Like I said, there’s nothing here you haven’t seen before and it’s probably about 15 minutes too long. If you hate romcoms you aren’t going to like it but I think quite a few will be pleasantly surprised. The banter between Fred and Maggie (a member of Charlotte’s team) made me want to watch Veep – I fell behind around the start of Season 3, and I really need to pick it back up again.

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Best Bit: Charlotte having to deal with an extremely serious diplomatic affair whilst still high as a kite…normally I’m not a fan of this kind of scene in comedies but this was such an exception. It reminded me of when I was in College and we’d all turn up to our last Friday class a little drunk but trying to act sober (sorry, Mum).

Worst Bit: “…OH BOYYYYYY!” Okay, the joke did get funnier but at first, it was just kind of gross!

Fun Trivia: This is the fifth film collaboration between Seth Rogen and Randall Park, following Neighbors, The Interview, The Night Before and The Disaster Artist although the majority of these films, Rogen & Park don’t appear onscreen together.
I hate trivia like this, but I honestly couldn’t find much else!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 traditional Swedish folk outfits, which poor Seth Rogan was forced to wear…

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