While We’re Young

That’s how I felt at the start of the film but so old by the end. It does drag but also is a very interesting comment about where we are in the world. From a babyless couple with married friends who have kids to hipsters it spans generations. Every generations parents look back at the youngsters wanting to recapture youth then realizing how silly the young are and just how much the world has changed without their noticing it. Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried reel you in while Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are standard. Like a documentary with some pep, it trudges along so I can’t recommend it for date night but, I did really enjoy the statement.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Not really!  Much like the life of Lee Israel, the movie is dreary and draggy.  Melissa McCarthy creates a wonderful character with little evolution.  Her partner if crime does a standardly wonderfully gay job. It was nice to see Jane Curtain who’s been missing for ages.  In all not much here but an overall interesting short story, no disrespect to the dead.  Cinematography is ok, music is good and reminds me of Woody Allen.  Sorry, not date night worthy unless you have ulterior motives.

Front Runner

ZZZZzzz…wake me up when it becomes a movie.  I suppose it’s mean to mimic some TV counterparts in a documentary type style but it barely catches your attention.  Starting out with you in a campaign meeting, the best it gets is when Hart if confront, about mid way through the movie, by reporters.  Jackman does a great job with what he’s given in that he’s an intelligent yet aloof man who has no real arc in life.  Seems to always be in shock with what life throws him, even when apologizing to his wife.  Good cast, not a fan of the direction/cinematography and odd use of music.  Not sure what the film is mean to do – mark one of our pivot points in history when paparazzi scratched the door or politics or … remind you that all political stories have become the same as “the goodwife”.  Not date night but maybe late night can’t sleep film.

A Star is Born

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Before I begin, there is no question Bradley Cooper is the real deal.  Not only does he write the screenplay, direct, sing and act but he also wrote some of the songs, not to mention is sexy as heck.  He masters a subtle accent and finds a deep voice.  You believe he’s a rock star but, you don’t see his arc nor really see/ understand his fall from stardom.  Lady Gaga does Madana one better in that she can sing and is a decent but not complete actress.  She has chops and at times shows potential, a step above a scene study class.   Their chemistry is in and out.  Stylistically it’s somewhat interesting as there are a lot of tight shots at an attempt to feel personal and a switch from profile/hiding shots in the beginning to full face shots by the end, as though you have been let into the world.  Overall it feels jumpy, lacks consistency and enough depth to get your really vested in the characters.  In that sense, you can tell it’s an actor driven piece as it needs some guidance in sewing it together.  Sam Rockwell reminds us he’s got talent and the music is of course great.  It’s more of a chick flick than date night worthy but, he’ll probably come along knowing you’ll enjoy it and well…need I say more?!

Ready Player One

Brush off those 80’s movies and experiences as there are more references in here than you may remember!  And, if you haven’t seen The Shinning, you might want to before watching.  Special effects are great as you are bolted in and out of a video game and reality.  Avatars are very lifelike. There are a ton of messages and comments about society wrapped up with a fun action adventure and of course, it wouldn’t be Spielberg to let us go without touching our heartstrings, innocent romance.  He tries really hard to have something for every generation from some baby boomers through Gen Z and men/women/boys/girls.  All is great – music, cinematography, actors – just a bit long in some parts and a bit too much of a commercial for the inevitable game to accompany it!  Date night yes, may as well bring the kids as you can also watch it with the fam., but not the grandparents.

Black Panther

black pantherAppropriate it’s part of the Marvel universe as it’s a Marvel.  The opening sequence starts with terrific animation/cgi.  The actors are masterful offering life and culture to this world.  There’s fun play with 007 throughout the film – including the token odd white guy –  and strong women, not just physically!  Well written script I wonder how these characters will mesh with the others in the universe.  The interplay with the characters in Black Panther is a different type of fun, with a sense of importance than those from others in the marvel universe so it will be interesting to see how they plan to mesh them all together for the upcoming film.  Yes to date night!

Unleashed

A silly but fun romantic comedy from 2016 with a great quirky cast who had to have done it just for the heck of it.  Who doesn’t love the Shameless star Steve Howey, especially when he’s topless!  Justin Chatwin, broke our hearts in Shameless and is fearless in unleashed, he really show’s actors how to go method!  Kate Micucci is her adorable quirky self leaving us wonder what life is like with out our true best friends.  While the story line is somewhat predicatable it’s a fun ride getting there.  Definite chick flick but you boys would be smart to watch it with your chicks!