Review’s In A Hurry: INDIE VERSION!
Short Term 12
Directed By: Destin Cretton
Starring: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr, Kaitlyn Dever, Keith Stanfield, Rami Malek, Kevin Hernandex,
There are good actors, there are great actors, and then there is Brie Larson in Short Term 12. This movie may be my favorite movie I’ve seen so far this year and it’s because of her performance. It’s something that should not be missed.
Short Term 12 centers around Grace who is a supervisor at a home for at-risk youth. Grace keeps helps troubled teens deal with their problems all the while trying to cope with her own difficult past. Brie Larson plays Grace and it must be said, this is her best performance EVER. I’ve never been a big fan of hers, but in this movie she was able to say so much without speaking a single word. Her acting was so powerful I will remember it and this movie for a long time.
As stellar as her performance was, her co-stars were also on par carrying equal weight as Larson, in particular John Gallagher Jr as Grace’s supportive boyfriend Mason, Kaitlyn Dever as the tragic rebellious Jayden who’s story about a cute little octopus will break your heart, and Keith Stanfield who plays Marcus and will cause you to cry without you even realizing it. Its performances like these that will stick with you forever. And that’s what movie making and movie watching is all about. Rating: 5 Stars (This might be the first ever!)
The Way Way Back
Directed by: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Starring: Toni Collette, Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell, Liam James, Allison Janney, Zoe Levin, Annasophia Rob, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry
The Way Way Back seems like a story we’ve all heard before: perpetually shy Duncan deals with his Mom’s jerk of a boyfriend on a family vacation by running away to a water park where he finds friends in unlikely places. Despite the familiar themes, the journey is something not to be missed. This is thanks in part to directors/writers Nat Faxon (Ben and Kate) and Jim Rash (Community) who also have a part in the movie. Most of us know the feeling of being a bystander in your own life, wishing you could just say those few words or do that one thing that would change your life forever, but you don’t know how to do it without looking or sounding like an idiot. That feeling, is Duncan, and that feeling is what makes Duncan so relatable. He is someone we can understand so to watch him slowly break out of his shell thanks to Owen is something worth rooting for.
As for Owen, he’s nothing short of amazing. Owen is not without his flaws, but at the heart of it, he’s the kind of guy every man should hope to be – hell every person should be. He gives out his friendship unconditionally, showing people through his words and his actions how to be a better person, even if he sucks at being a manager. He is accepting of everyone for who they are. Sam Rockwell plays this character perfectly with the right amount of cockiness, charisma, and compassion.
Watch this movie because of the great characters, watch this movie because of the great performances, watch this movie because of Sam Rockwell. Just watch it. Rating: 4 (out of 5 Stars)
Directed by: Joe Swanberg
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudekis
Drinking Buddies is about two co-workers Luke and Kate who work at a brewing company. They are best friends, drinking buddies, and seemingly perfect for each other the only problem is they’re both in relationships. Unfortunately, this movie does not come as advertised. Instead of a cute, sweet, rom-com with a twist, it’s more of a slow, uncomfortable, improvisational drama. My biggest problem with this movie is that I never knew where it was going. While sometimes that can be a good thing, in this case it wasn’t. I’m all for movies that feel unscripted, but it was as if the actors had no outline. Like the director said, “Olivia Wilde you’re Kate, Jake Johnson, you’re Luke. There’s an attraction between you two, but you don’t act on it. Have a good movie see you in 4 weeks for picture wrap.”
The best part of this movie was Anna Kendrick. With this movie we were able to see a raw side of her never seen before. Unfortunately the rest of the movie was unfocused and messy. Though the story and the characters were interesting, the movie just didn’t go anywhere. Rating: 2 Stars