videogames
 
 



Check out New cheap jersey from china on DHgate.com

Posts Tagged ‘Movie Reviews’

Blu-ray Review: Life of the Party

August 6, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
Life of the PartyWhat’s a school comedy without a dance off?

Real-life husband and wife team Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy have teamed up twice before in a director/lead capacity to create the disappointing Tammy and modestly funny The Boss — films that fell well short of showcasing McCarthy’s comedic talent as effectively as The Heat or Spy. Let’s find out if their third attempt to harness McCarthy’s humour, Life of the Party, fares any better.

THE PLOT

Moments after dropping her daughter off for her senior year at Decatur University, Deanna (McCarthy) is told by her husband Dan (Matt Walsh) that he’s fallen in love with another woman and will be divorcing her. Devastated, Deanna regroups by re-enrolling in college, having dropped out with a year remaining to give birth to Maddie (Molly Gordon).

As a newly single mom, Deanna is embraced by Maddie’s sorority sisters, who help modernize her look and take her out to socialize at various parties. During one of these Deanna meets Jack (Luke Benward) and ends up sleeping with him, helping turn the page on her husband’s pending marriage to Marcie (Julie Bowen).

While having fun and excelling in the classroom, Deanna is also the target of some “mean girls” and makes some questionable decisions that begin to affect her relationship with Maddie and threaten her ability to pay the tuition. Now she’ll need to rally to see things through or end up dropping out of college once again.

THE GOOD

While marketed as a goofball comedy, Life of the Party features a surprisingly well-rounded performance from McCarthy, who is presented as smart, capable and desirable — and in an unusual “older woman, younger man” way where the relationship isn’t a setup for forbidden love or as a means to make the daughter embarrassed. It’s actually a pretty empowering story, and it’s unclear why it wasn’t presented that way at all in the trailers.

There’s a number of enjoyable supporting performances from veterans like Maya Rudolph, as McCarthy’s best friend, Bowen and Walsh, as well as newer actresses Gordon and Gillian Jacobs. It’s obvious that a lot of the scenes had loose outlines and were then ad-libbed, which leads to several funny scenes at the restaurant with Bill, the ’80s party, the weed bark and all of its fallout topping the list.

THE BAD

Although ad-libbing has its place, there’s a case to be made for a more focused delivery. That’s painfully obvious during the scenes with McCarthy and SNL veteran Chris Parnell, who plays the archeology professor that used to be her classmate with a whiff of romance that goes nowhere. Most of the stuff in his class — and there’s a fair amount of it — is rough, including a lengthy scene where McCarthy’s oral presentation goes terribly wrong with almost no setup.

We weren’t big fans of the party at the end, which felt painfully cliche, right down to the “surprise” appearance. A couple of characters also failed to find the mark: Leonor, Deanna’s antisocial goth roommate played by Heidi Garnder, and Jennifer, the popular mean girl. While Leonor is more the character than the performance, with Jennifer it feels like Debby Ryan is doing a knockoff of Jillian Bell in 22 Jump Street.

THE BONUS FEATURES

As with most comedies, the extras contain a lot of alternate takes and flubs. There’s a meaty 45-plus minutes of deleted scenes, many of which are variations of scenes that did appear in the movie. While there’s some good material, it’s a lot to wade through. Gag reels and line-o-rama are your usual stuff, but the “Bill hate” one is worth watching as McCarthy and Rudolph offer up some pretty funny ad-libs.

OVERALL

Life of the Party isn’t as goofy as the trailers make you think. It does offer its fair share of laughs, however, along with McCarty playing a multi-dimensional character.

Share
Feed Burner eMail Get RotoRob by Email: Enter your email below to receive daily updates direct to your inbox. Only a pink taco wouldn’t subscribe.
PostShadow

Blu-ray Review: Breaking In

August 3, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments (0)
Union is the best part of the film, and she does enough within its limited scope to show that she deserves to work more often and in larger roles (if she so desires). She comes across as strong and capable while never losing the maternal edge that all she wants out of this scenario is to get her kids home safely.
Share
more
Feed Burner eMail Get RotoRob by Email: Enter your email below to receive daily updates direct to your inbox. Only a pink taco wouldn’t subscribe.
PostShadow

Blu-ray Review: Tomb Raider

June 11, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
Vikander shines the brightest, effortlessly projecting an image of both innocence and emerging strength — it’s a long way from Jolie’s fairly sexually charged portrayal, and it’s meant to be since the gaming series dialed back early Lara’s “proportions” with the reboot. As with the game, however, Lara’s transition from doe-eyed victim to hardened killer feels rushed after both handled her initial kill quite well.
Share
more
Feed Burner eMail Get RotoRob by Email: Enter your email below to receive daily updates direct to your inbox. Only a pink taco wouldn’t subscribe.
PostShadow

Blu-ray Review: Annihilation

May 24, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
Much like Ex Machina, Annihilation is science fiction tinged with plenty of realism, and as it turns out that familiarity makes the differences all the more unsettling. This is still Earth, and not some crazy futuristic dystopian version, either. The technology, the characters, the location, all of it is immediately recognizable and relatable, and that serves to ground the more fantastic elements in a sense of reality.
Share
more
Feed Burner eMail Get RotoRob by Email: Enter your email below to receive daily updates direct to your inbox. Only a pink taco wouldn’t subscribe.
PostShadow

Blu-ray Review: 12 Strong

April 30, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments (1)
Unfortunately, outside of the odd bit of jocularity between the troops there’s precious little character or relationship development between anyone other than Nelson and Dostum. Instead, the soldiers are given, at best, a distinguishing trait: there’s the funny one (Michael Pena), the one with nice hair, guy with glasses, guy that befriends a local boy and so on.
Share
more
Feed Burner eMail Get RotoRob by Email: Enter your email below to receive daily updates direct to your inbox. Only a pink taco wouldn’t subscribe.
PostShadow