The real tragedy here is that Clint Eastwood was not nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his work on this film. Seriously? I've long been a fan of Eastwood's work behind the camera, but this? This is... masterful.
I will be brief. Add another one to the 'unexpected/uninvited/incognito wedding guest' genre. To date, we have Wedding Crashers, The Wedding Singer, The Wedding Date, I Love You Man, and now, The Wedding Ringer... and I'm sure I've forgotten a few.
Story: In this updated version of the classic fairy tale, Ella (Cinderella) toils away as a domestic for her haughty stepmother and two stepsisters following the death of her father. She dreams of a better life, which she fantasizes about with her friends, a woman named Crazy Marie who lives near the forest, and Jean-Michel, a young man who fights for the rights of the oppressed people of the kingdom.
Story: Theo Freeman struggles to make ends meet. He’s a small businessman who owns a TV and stereo repair shop, which you might guess isn’t doing a bang-up business in the age of flat-screen televisions and iPads. Still, he perseveres with the help of his wife Georgette and their son Sunny.
Story: Henry Bingham has a tough track record as president of Quail Valley Country Club. That’s because his team has lost five consecutive times in the annual golf match with its arch-rival club, which is helmed by the insufferable Dickie Bell.
I'm a big fan of the gum-shoe detective story. I like the tongue-in-cheek skewering of everything from organized crime to law enforcement to Hollywood. It can be a fun, offbeat, creative experience. This film, however, made me want to jab a fork into my thigh.
Here, we have another story of World War II heroism: a man unlikely to play the role of hero, yet somehow manages beautifully. This is the true story of mathematician Alan Turing and his work of breaking the Nazi Enigma code, and developing one of the first computers. In this case, the catchphrase, It’s the people no one imagines anything of, who do the things no one can imagine, is both fitting and poetic.
On a good day, the third installment of an action-movie franchise is like curling up with a well-worn copy of a pretty good book. What it lacks in inventiveness and depth, it makes up for with the comfort of familiarity and predictability. This movie has all the requisite car chases and explosions. It has the encore performances and the surprise twists. Yet, not surprisingly, it is a phoned-in third installment of what could have been an incredible action-movie trilogy. Even saving grace, Liam Neeson, seems to understand this is only the paycheck for his beach house.
Story: Matt Drayton is a newspaper publisher in San Francisco, where his wife Christina owns an art gallery. Their domestic servant, Matilda “Tillie” Binks, keeps everything humming in their well-to-do home, which is a bit quieter since their daughter Joanna (“Joey”) has gone away to college, circa 1967.
Make no mistake, the heroic, triumphant life of Louis Zamperini is inspiring. The mere mention of his name roils emotion. He is the embodiment of The Greatest Generation. However...that being said, this film, based on the biography of the same title, is lukewarm, at best. A story like this should make filmgoers jump to their feet (operative word being ‘should’).
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