I saw two new comedies over the past weekend and both films happened to give the opposite effect that I was expecting when going in. While one was underwhelming considering the cast is one of the best ensembles I have seen in a while, the other I think will be one of underrated movies of 2018. Can you guess which is which? People watch and view movies for their own reasons and what they want to pull from it. I do my best to go into each film with an open mind and remember that while my opinion is being presented for everyone to see doesn’t make it the only opinion nor do I represent the opinion of others. This review will be a true testament to how I review movies from an entertainment value perspective.
This review is brought to you by someone who has never seen The Room or know who Tommy Wiseau even is. So, my thoughts on the film doesn’t come with any previous content to compare this true story directed by James Franco who also stars as Tommy Wiseau whose dream is to become a famous movie star. Hollywood doesn’t see him how he sees himself so Wiseau along with a friend, Greg Sestero, played by real life brother Dave Franco, he met in acting class decide to make a movie of their own. With an endless amount of money for budget, and a skeptical staff who is just living the dream assist him on making his vision come true.
Written by Wiseau himself, he creates a film that would go down in history as one of the worst movies ever made with one of the biggest unnecessary budgets ever. We get to see the story behind the movie as we witness the love of film between two people who move from San Francisco to Los Angeles to become actors but have trouble getting into the industry. Once they decide to make their own film together, you see the hardship that comes from working with the mind that is Tommy Wiseau. This wasn’t an easy ride for both of them and along the way they are tested to see if fame and fortune is worth risking their friendship for.
I had the pleasure of seeing the movie Stronger right on opening day because of a specific circumstance I will bring up later in this post. The movie told the story based on true events of a specific individual who was caught in the crossfire of the Boston Marathon bombing that happened on April 15th 2013. That person is Jeff Bauman and his journey of rehabilitation after losing both of his legs during the tragic event.
If anyone is unfamiliar with his personal story, this movie will do a justice to give you an insight of how he was able to pick up and keep fighting and in the sense of the word get stronger mentally and physically. Turns out he was involved in helping the law catch the bombers involved during the attack. Including the close and unlimited amount of support from his family friends and on/off girlfriend at the time, he still has a long way to go to become the man he knows himself to be and build a life for himself after this random change in his life.
Katherine Bigelow brings the true events of the 1967 Detroit riots to the screen and tells the story about the monstrous and terrible act that took place at the Algiers Motel. Whether you know or not what happened during this horrible time in history, Bigelow shows the seriousness and disadvantage black people had during that time and place. It is intense to see the riots escalate and also difficult to witness on screen the point of no return that will probably stick with me for a long time.
Based on a true story of an experiment executed by Dr. Philip Zimbardo and his team, a group of college kids volunteered themselves for a two-week project to remove themselves from civilization and play the one of two roles. Half played prisoners while the other half played the guards who controlled and watched them in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. This was a study to analyze and collect data on the human psyche and find out how people deal with power whether given to them or taken away.
The study took on a life of its own not only on the participants but on the doctors and team behind the scenes.
The study only lasted six days.
Based on a true story, Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe brings the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson respectfully to life as three extraordinary women who were involved with the first men launched into space as well as accomplishing a lot for women, people of color, and woman of color. According to IMDB.com, The synopsis for Hidden Figures :
“As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.”