MOVIE REVIEW: AMERICAN MADE (Doug Liman, 2017)

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The director of my favorites Go and The Edge of Tomorrow channeling the fun and kinetic feel of The Wolf of Wall Street.

Tom Cruise was still oozing with charisma and swagger more than 30 years after playing hotshot pilot Maverick in Top Gun. I guess he never really lost that lovin’ feeling.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published May 26, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: LOVE, SIMON (Greg Berlanti, 2018)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Sweet and fluffy very much like its source material.

Justice for Simon’s older sister Alice who was vital in the novel, but wasn’t included in this adaptation. I would have wanted to see the scene of Simon’s first time in a gay club (the feeling of being scared yet weirdly excited, the first flirtation with another man, etc.) as part of his coming out experience. The novel’s ending also had an implied R-rated scene that was changed into a more kid-friendly one in the movie.

On the flipside, the film was able to improve on Martin’s (somewhat understandable) reason for outing him to the entire school. I liked the change they made on Leah’s actual crush (since it just became more relatable). I just found it weird that I kept associating Katherine Langford with her Hannah Baker character and expected her to hand over Simon’s tape when she got mad after her rejection. Also, I expected a much cuter Bram.

Loved Nick Robinson. Loved Jennifer Garner. “You get to exhale now, Simon.” 😭😭😭

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published May 25, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: DOWNSIZING (Alexander Payne, 2017)

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The central concept of shrinking people with the belief that overpopulation was mankind’s biggest long-term threat sounded like the kind of novel idea from a certified tree-hugger. Midway through, it turned into a commentary on social classes and capitalism before settling down as a saccharine “finding your purpose in life” enlightenment film.

As a certified fan of Payne’s social satires and a huge lover of cheese, I was a weeping mess by the time it ended.

Great performances from the cast, especially Hong Chau.

(Note: This is not a late April Fools’ Day joke.)

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published May 21, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE KISSING BOOTH (Vince Marcello, 2018)

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I wasn’t even surprised that this was an adaptation of a Wattpad story written by a 15-year old girl. Every possible 80’s and 90’s teen film trope was included here, with Molly Ringwald and Don’t You (Forget About Me) thrown in for good measure.

Joey King (the charmer in Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here) was adorable in the lead role, but I cared more about her relationship with her best bud rather than her really tall boyfriend. She also looked/sounded very much like a younger Alexis Bledel, no?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published May 21, 2018.)