As a Christmassy “feel good” offering, this movie somewhat disappoints.
I cannot contain myself, I am not bubbling with joy either, but this is one you either love or loathe.
Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei share the same billing nest. Apart from that, there’s little to crow about.
Not a whiz bang, let’s say that the least you expect from this movie, you might actually wind up enjoying more.
“PARENTAL GUIDANCE” is unintentionally one big family mess, with put-on humor.
Here’s the product in a capsule:
Grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, is a typically old school dude.
He meets his match when he and his wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three naughty grandkids. The children’s new-age parents are Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott who have to go away for a work project.
Surely you will be amazed by several unsavory scenes on vomit, pee and poop in this unfunny comedy taking a swipe at a pair of exasperated grandparents who are trying their best to maintain their cool, whilst attending to three bratty kids.
Blame it on the “PARENTAL GUIDANCE” director Andy Fickman who is largely responsible for helming the project.
He tries hard to bowl us over, but thanks to his erractic treatment, the ensemble cast tends to go overboard in the acting department, irrespective of grim or comedic situations.
Not to mention the predictable script which is pretentious and formulaic.
The movie has a situational sitcom “feel” throughout.
Here we go again, it’s TOM CRUISE as the butt kicking badass in “JACK REACHER”.
For jolly good measure too.
I’ve never been big on TOM CRUISE.
But he is very much in his element playing the iconic anti-hero JACK REACHER, a character created by British author LEE CHILD pow-wowing the baddies and tabling them all to justice.
“JACK REACHER” ensures you a fun ride, laced with action and dark humor.
TOM CRUISE again displays his prowess that, whichever angle you may look at him, he commands stoic respect.
This is a CRUISE brand and he empowers as the movie star.
As both producer and star, CRUISE has developed a potential franchise, a vanity project and a crowd pleaser.
The film opens with a horrific shooting of five innocents, throwing the heartland city into a stare of pandemonium.
The police follow the trail of clues that leads to James Barr (Joseph Sikora), a recent veteran and ham him as the shooter.
Beaten into a coma while in custody, Barr has enough time during his first interrogation to write a simple message: “Find Jack Reacher.”
Before everyone, such as the district attorney (RICHARD JENKINS), Barr’s lawyer Helen Rodin ( ROSAMUND PIKE), and the lead investigator on the case, Detective Emerson (DAVID OVELOWO), can even discuss how to find Reacher, our hero strides nonchalantly into the police station.
And as Reacher probes deeper into the case, he realizes that James might not be guilty after all.
Writer/director CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE blends action, suspense, thrills and comic relief skillfully.
As in any action film, you have to fully suspend disbelief to fully enjoy this spy thriller.
If you are a fan of TOM CRUISE, then this film should not fail.
This CHRISTMAS, go watch LES MISERABLES the MUSICAL MOVIE.
It is a striking film with a haunting score that will tug at your heartstrings.
Oscar-winning director TOM HOOPER (“The King’s Speech”) leads his cast of stars to perform the songs “live” on-camera instead of having them lip-synch to pre-recorded tracks.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISERABLES takes us through a heart-wrenching parable of angst, forgiveness and redemption, in a world shackled by injustice and the lack of compassion.
HUGH JACKMAN plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (RUSSELL CROWE) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (ANNE HATTAWAY) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
This movie is a fitting tribute on the subject of the timeless resilience of the human spirit.
Yuletide season maybe, but go feel, watch and cry your heart out with the film’s characters, all in the spirit of love.
Love is universal, among other things.
Hope gears you up but it is love that keeps you going.
If you dare stand up in the spirit of love and fight for whatever you believe in,
Then you dare dream,
Because in eventuality, love empowers everything.
But only if you believe.
Feel the emotional anguish by the character Fantine as she sings:
“I dreamed a dream in time gone by When hope was high And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die I dreamed that God would be forgiving Then I was young and unafraid And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid No song unsung, no wine untasted …”
There is grandeur in its scope and scale that will make you sit up.
LES MISERABLES is a musical that’s both stylish and gritty, with rousing performances from an all star ensemble cast under director Tom Hooper’s relentless direction. Be mesmerized by the exuberant and biting performances of HUGH JACKMAN and ANNE HATHAWAY.
At 2 hour-and-38-minute long, it’s a beautiful and inspiring movie that will linger on your mind long after you leave the cinema, a true musical that must be seen more than once.