Ah yes, another film that’s kind of about nothing. Sure, names like Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence dazzle, and their quirky interactions made them somewhat loveable, but at the core of this story is a question: does dance really cure mental illness?
Seems a bit farfetched to us. Yes, it’s a tried and tested formula of cute boy and girl, ex lingering in the background, budding love story blah blah. Then the added complications of family and mental health issues are just magically healed by a few dance montages? Oh, and the family fortune was bet on their performance at the end. Say what?
La La Land
"La La Land" definitely did one thing - put us right to sleep. Maybe it was looking into Ryan Gosling’s eyes for too long. Also, it’s musical, in case no one told you before you bought your ticket. The Oscar-winner follows a tried and true tale of two people chasing their lifelong dreams. Some of the film’s direction is decent, but you shouldn’t rely on that to save your film.
The story is just…well, boring. And they don’t end up holding hands and riding into the sunset. Emma Stone’s character lacked depth (not for lack of the right actress) and was unconvincing. And she won an Oscar. Hmm. Then there was the jazz issue.
So maybe we just didn’t “get it,” but "Ad Astra" left us feeling a bit scientifically clueless. The internet supports us in our thinking - some found it too long, not sci-fi enough, and just a bit underdeveloped with bad physics. People who were, in fact, engineers in aerospace noted that it was “boring” and had gratuitous gore scenes.
Even with Brad Pitt at the helm (who gave a largely inauthentic, unbelievable portrayal of his character), he really couldn’t steer this spacecraft from crashing miserably into the overrated pile of films.
Just because Will Ferrel is in it does not mean it gets an automatic pass into the comedic hall of fame, okay? Like every sequel to a great first film, sometimes it just doesn’t live up to it. Sure, a number of glittering cameos from the likes of Liam Neeson, Jim Carrey, Kanye West, and Sacha Baron Cohen added a little spice to Ferrell and Carrell, but it just isn’t enough.
More chaos than comedic story, the film runs off course with a plotline that twists and turns far away from the original film. It’s still “funny,” but it doesn’t live up to the glory of the first film.
This film’s gotten quite a bit of criticism of late, and some people are of the opinion that it should stay in the '80s. In saying that, there were just a few teeny little things that we wanted to pick on today (maybe we woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning).
The film follows the ascent of a middleweight boxer (with an added love interest from the Bronx) who gets so far and then finds his lack of emotional availability is a hindrance in the ring and in his life. "Raging Bull" feels excruciatingly long, and the once-praised slo-mo boxer scenes just leave us yelling, “that’s so staged!”