Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Other Woman

After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge.

Director Nick Cassavets, well known for The Notebook and She's So Lovely successfully step aside to make way for a purely entertaining and popular movie purpose. Hollywood knows how to make a good comedy. It's impressive how the machinery is so well-oiled. Indeed, the recipe is simple: a plot looking like the headline of a summer magazine article (Can we be friend with our husband mistress?) and a touch of girl power (Make him suffer!!!!). Added to this Cameron Diaz and you got a pure comedy product made in Hollywood. It's efficient. Moreover, Leslie Mann is brilliant in the part of the desperate housewife betrayed by her husband and close to a nervous breakdown. She gave us some anthological and very funny scenes though. She managed to prove once again that she is one of the most underrated weapon in American comedies. Plus, Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz have a great chemistry in the movie, but Kate Upton is definitely the stereotypical third wheel in this trio. And we literally have a scene telling us that. They gather around a table for breakfast and decide to make the guy suffer as much as he did; "I'm the lawyer, you're the wife, and we'll find out what she's good at..." The problem is that this movie is trying to be more than just a comedy, carrying a message of female empowerment. This film is begin women to go and watch it. But it's trying to hard to empowered woman so that all they're doing throughout the entire movie is talking about MEN! So this concept of empowering women is just a giant lie. 

Overall, this chick flick is dealing with women trying (to hard ?) to unite against men. Still very funny and made for women only.   

Friday, 13 June 2014

Edge Of Tomorrow

An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy. 

Edge of Tomorrow is based on the novel All you need is kill written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and also adapted as a manga by Ryousuke Takeuchi. This film is directed by Doug Liman, best known for Bourne Identity which I really loved back then. It was a very good franchise starter depending on Liman style. My biggest fear was that this style won't go that well with this type of sci-fi epic movie. But surprisingly I was wrong. Edge of Tomorrow has a very different style than Bourne, with long takes and big action shots. It's an non-stop action movie from beginning to end, as well as incredibly entertaining and at the same time very funny. The humorous is that he has to relive the same day over and over again. However they manage to keep it not repetitive at all, which is really hard especially with this kind of story lines. They make it feel new and in a solely different way each time. In fact, they found a good way to make those repetition scenes entertaining, by going for the comedy of the situation rather than for the drama. Plus, special effects are solid peculiarly the alien are looking great. Moreover, Tom Cruise delivers a good performance, he's funny and in the meantime sells the drama. I can't help myself to make the parallel with Oblivion as he's always committed to his action roles and always really good at it as well. There is a chemistry between him and Emily Blunt, who is also completely badass. However, when we start to think about it the unbelievable thing is that every time he's talking with her she knew him for a few hours so she can't really get to attached, but on the other hand Tom Cruise' character doesn't feel that way because he's met her many times and the viewers feel that way too; that's why we can fall into it easily. Finally, the suspense and tension of the third act is so palpable. Edge of Tomorrow is relevant for today's audience as it deals with the detachment from which we view war through today's media. 

Overall, this film is a solid smartly constructed movie which feels refreshing, intriguing and reliable.