Caddyshack - Movie Review
This week - or a few weeks in the making - Adam tasked me to watch the Cult Classic - Caddyshack. Let me first preface this with "I'm probably not in the cult." That doesn't mean anything bad - but there's a reason 28 years after the movie released I had never seen it - just wasn't ever a high priority on my film list to watch and a movie from the 1980s has a lot to do to get me interested. I first really (REALLY) got into movies probably in the late 90s/early 2000s where I watched almost any and everything I could get my hands on. Very rarely did I go backwards in time, and when I did, I got mixed success. There was the good (Gallipoli, Crocodile Dundee, Top Gun) and the bad (Taxi, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the original Friday the 13th(s)). This isn't a fact - it's strictly my opinion just as this movie review is my opinion! Caddyshack falls somewhere perfectly fine in the middle.
Some of my ire of the movie may come from the exploitation of Bill Murray as Carl Spackler as the guy who hunts the gopher (not golpher). Bill Murray has been made overly famous for roles such as this, which, IMO take away from the movie. The second key issue - there is zero plot. Or maybe 50 - depending on how you look at it. There's golf - there's the kid caddy who is trying to make money to go to college, there's the gopher, there's sex, there's some more confusing sex, and there's golf! It's a mindless movie for sure - which has a benefit and a place.
One thing Caddyshack does is take golf - a very serious sport - and make it fun(ny). Overall, Caddyshack isn't a movie I'd put in if you a.) want to be totally engaged in a film or b.) want to absolutely crack up continuously. However, if you want to relax, have a drink, and watch an 80s movie about golf with a couple dumb laughs - Caddyshack is a perfect fit.
When We First Met - Movie Review
There's something about a movie I didn't know existed that is directly on Netflix and recommended from a friend with a checkered movie past that I'm not always overly excited to watch. Regardless, I tuned in to When We First Met in which turned out to be a pleasant (and heartbreaking) surprise. Adam Devine (Noah) was on my short list of actors I vowed to never watch another movie as his role in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates was so awful it made me hate the movie. But I gave him a chance and he was a bit refreshing, even if at times he was a bit overboard.
When We First Met is the story of Noah (Devine) who meets a girl one night and he fast forwards 3 years and he royally screwed up. He somehow figures out how to time travel through a photo booth (used on the first night he met her) and he gets to try again (and again....and again) to make it right! It's perfect. All of us have had the one that got away, right? Mine was in Myrtle Beach...at a...nevermind. This movie is fun, refreshing, and has a fun twist that you won't see coming (unless of course now you're looking for it). It's a fun movie about second chances with a great message about life. I'll give Devine another shot in the future and possibly forget Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates exists.
Check out the film and let me know if you enjoyed it. Now if only I could figure out how to make a time machine work...
The Do-Over - Movie Review
In my never ending nightmare of reviewing Adam Sandler movies in the 2010s, Adam (Land, not Sandler) recommended (forced) I watch The Do-Over. A film that he had already seen, yet still is making me watch. Although The Do-Over was slightly better than last week's The Week Of featuring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, this film with Adam Sandler starring* next to David Spade still left a lot to be desired. The idea is cool - so I can't decide if this would be better suited as a Action/Drama or a Dramedy with different actors. I admittedly am not the biggest David Spade fan and Adam Sandler hasn't been good since the 90s - but I went in open minded.
The movie is about two old friends who meet up and talk about how miserable their lives are and one of them (Sandler) decides to fake their deaths. Spade took a bit to come around, but he finally agrees and the two go on to live new secret lives as two deceased millionaires. The adventure they go on contains a lot of spoilers, so I'll steer clear, but it has some good parts. The ending, just like the last one, is a feel-good ending and I'm a sucker for feel good endings. The movie, though, is a lot of the same. It's geared for 13, 14, and 15 year olds and maybe a couple 16 year olds (that's an improvement). It's certainly better than Zohan, The Cobbler, and Jack & Jill (why have I watched so many awful Adam Sandler movies?) but it's far from the (few) good Sandler movies out there.
The Greatest Showman - Movie Review
When Adam recommended I watch The Greatest Showman for my latest movie review, I finally felt excited. Granted, anything would be a step up from Adam Sandler movies in 2018 (why didn't he recommend Sandy Wexler while he was at it?). I hadn't really slept much and was afraid I wasn't going to get The Greatest Showman in this week - but then I got a text alert for a free rental at Redbox. Couldn't pass it up. I put in The Greatest Showman and 3 minutes in, I could tell this was going to be something special. Hugh Jackman is absolutely great as a visionary who risks it all for his family and for his own happiness. Fame, as always, comes with a price and Jackman finds out first hand what it can cost you.
The movie is so real and so perfect in so many ways. First, it's certainly a musical - so be aware of that before going in. Some people do not enjoy musicals. I, personally, love them. You will become invested in the film. In a particular scene where Jackman (PT Barnum) introduces Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) as a singer to the crowd - when Hugh Jackman looks in astonishment and excitement, you, too, look on in astonishment and excitement. Again, you get invested. You care about the characters. Having Zac Efron is always a plus (I mean he is dreamy, right?) - but his role is FANTASTIC as well. It's not his normal Neighbors/Neighbors 2 garbage role, but a serious role in which he shines. Plus bonus points for his love angle with Zendaya.
The Greatest Showman was so good that I listened to the soundtrack on my way to work the day after watching the film. It's mind blowing how good the cast is. My one knock is the moment when you start to despise Barnum for being an idiot, but that's the issue in the story which comes full circle. Ultimately, it's a film that shows you should always be yourself no matter what because people will respect and love that more than anything else. If people do not, then you don't need them in your life. Joy is better than money and friendship is worth more than all the riches in the world. Ultimately, The Greatest Showman did not disappoint and has me raving to all my friends to go see this movie instantly. I'm excited to watch it again and again and I'm recommending you go out and watch it immediately! You won't regret it!
The clip below on it's own may not mean much, but is certainly an iconic point within the movie and the scene I reference when Jackman (Barnum) and your feelings will mesh into a grand "feels" moment that will stick with you for awhile.
Manchester by the Sea - Movie Review
Manchester by the Sea won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) and won a Mauer for Most Depressing Movie Ever (Manchester by the Sea) in what is a review for the ages. For me, Casey Affleck is someone with all the talent in the world that has never materialized for the average movie-goer. Granted, he won best actor here, and I guess his performance was good? Maybe I'm expecting him to be too much like Ben (first name basis terms) and I'm being let down. Ever since Gone Baby Gone was his first "big" role, I was excited and I've never left with a great happy feeling. Maybe he's the darker Affleck brother. I was thoroughly disappointed with Out of the Furnace - looking at you, too, Christian Bale, and Manchester by the Sea had me disappointed as well.
First, it's a slow movie, which I'm okay with at times - but this one is reallllly slow. Second, I've never been so depressed in my life. I would have been less depressed had the boat wrecked at the end and everyone drown because that's what at least would have brought the movie full circle. There was zero (0) happy points to this movie. And, to me, one hundred (100) confusing points. The ending (spoilers) is also awful in that it's just another negative depressing point to an already negative depressing movie. Maybe this movie isn't "Hollywood" and that's why critics love it? I think I just had a realization. Critics hate Hollywood so every film that is not Hollywood is GREAT in their eyes. This film is 100% not Hollywood but I don't watch movies to relate them to my life or feel what the characters feel - I watch movies for entertainment and this one truly lacked entertainment value.
The best review piece I read about this movie - "I'm not a snob out to distinguish himself from the 97% Rotten Tomato ravers. I was just really disappointed walking out of the theatre. I don't know if I've ever seen a more self indulgent domestic weepy. The non- Hollywood ending comes across as pretentious, though it certainly comes as a relief." THIS. Casey did great - he was a depressing, sad man. The movie lacked any sort of conclusion or happiness. He never wanted the kid and in the end....he didn't want the kid. Way to be supportive. It's a critic movie and not a Luke movie. Sorry, fans.