Movie Reviews

Spree (2020)

spree-movie-review-2020-posterDirector: Eugene Kotlyarenko

Genre: Thriller, Comedy

Runtime: 93 Minutes

Main Cast: Joe Keery, Sasheer Zamata, David Arquette, Kyle Mooney, Mischa Barton, Joshua Ovalle, Frankie Grande

Plot: Kurt Kunkle wants nothing more than to be famous on social media. He’s ran his @KurtsWorld96 account for years with no success whatsoever, but whilst working for Uber Spree, he comes up with an insane and highly illegal plan to finally go viral.

My Thoughts: One thing I told myself when cinemas closed back in March was that when they finally reopened and we eventually started to get new movie releases, I would watch as many of them as I could, no matter what. Enough of turning my nose up at dramas that sounded boring, action movies I was pretty sure would be terrible, and little indie movies I knew nothing about. Think of it as a late new years resolution, if you like. It’s led me to watching a movie I HATED (more on that later this week) but it also led me to this absolute gem of a movie called Spree.

Let me be blunt, this movie is balls-to-the-wall BONKERS. We all know Joe Keery best as the loveable Steve from Stranger Things, and this role of his might just be my favourite. Kurt is completely unhinged but still somehow a likeable guy, but his desperation to go viral leads him to his downfall. To tell you what exactly he gets up to would spoil the fun for you, but give the trailer a watch and that will tell you all you need to know.

Sure, the cynic in me could point out that in real life, Kurt would have been caught almost instantly (I mean, I’d like to hope so at least!) but this isn’t real life. A few users on Letterboxd compared Spree to American Psycho (2000) and the TV show Black Mirror and they are so right. If you aren’t yet sick of movies involving heavy use of social media, I cannot recommend this one enough. Go in open minded and just…enjoy the ride!

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Best Bit: I kid you not, this movie includes a guy getting murdered by being ran over whilst the Gummy Bears song plays at full blast. It’s glorious!

Worst Bit: Because of the nature of the movie, it relies heavily on current trends so it will a) be a huge turn off for some people and b) age terribly – but I would still recommend it in a heartbeat.

Fun Trivia: Spree premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020. Shortly after, distributor RLJE Films paid $2 million to acquire the rights to the film.
(Sorry folks, I couldn’t actually find anything fun and interesting about this one!)

My Rating: 4 out of 5 bottles of water that you should never accept from Joe Keery, should you ever happen to meet him.

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Movie Reviews

Review: I Feel Pretty (2018)

i-feel-pretty-movie-review-2018Directors: Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein

Main Cast: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Tom Hopper, Rory Scovel, Adrian Martinez, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Lauren Hutton & Sasheer Zamata

Genre: Comedy

Plot: Renee struggles with her self-esteem, and after hitting her head in a Soul Cycle accident she awakes thinking she’s absolutely stunning. Her new found confidence changes her life for the better.

My Thoughts: You know, I was expecting this movie to be kind of terrible, but I actually quite enjoyed it. Maybe it’s because I had zero expectations but I could think of many worse movies to sit through! I don’t pay a lot of attention to Amy Schumer (although I know she gets a bad rap) so I have to take this movie at face value.

It’s not flawless of course but there’s definitely a good message at the heart of it all. Confidence is a much better thing to have than flawless beauty. It’s nothing to go crazy over and it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but it’s a good movie to stick on with your girlfriends on a Saturday night!

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Best Bit: Has to be Amy Schumer’s character entering the bikini contest, hands down the best and funniest scene in the whole movie.

Worst Bit: Her character being an absolute bar stool to her friends once she thinks she’s beautiful. Kind of ruins the message a bit I think.

Fun Trivia: This movie reunites Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps, real-life best friends, who also worked on Dawson’s Creek together.

My Rating: 3 Soul Cycle spin bikes out of 5!

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