Crazy Rich Asians tells a story of traditions while breaking Hollywood’s own troubled tradition with all-Asian casts
Having been squeezed dry, the romantic comedy genre has been lacking as of late. Nevertheless, the straightforward genre is still beloved by movie-goers no matter how many times the same old story seems to be recycled. Crazy Rich Asians takes a formulaic yet easily accessible approach to tell a story that has been sidelined for so many years. Its outline may be familiar but its content is as rich as the film’s main family.
Saoirse Ronan is brilliant in this semi-autobiographical masterpiece by first-time director Greta Gerwig
There are always two sides to adolescence – the one you remember and the one you see in movies. It’s rare for any film to mirror real life, mostly because it’s a messy and often times incomprehensible part of who we are as people. However, here enters Greta Gerwig’s compelling coming-of-age story. With Lady Bird, the famous saying “life imitates art far more than art imitates life” is no longer applicable.
Martin McDonagh balances comedy and dark subjects to deliver one of the greatest films of the year
Gruesome murders, horrific rape, and heartbreaking abuse don’t sound like the next great plot for a comedy. Of course, these subjects aren’t funny in any way, and if a comedy would attempt to make a joke out of abuse or rape, it would certainly be in poor taste. But with Martin McDonagh as the writer-director, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a successful balancing act that features an Oscar-worthy return from Frances McDormand.
Taika Waititi creates a Thor movie worthy to be among the other Marvel entries
At this stage, it’s important for Marvel to keep pushing just what a superhero movie can be. With superhero movie fatigue on the rise, bringing in an established indie director such as Taika Waititi has proven to be one of Marvel’s greatest decision yet. Finally, Chris Hemsworth gets to showcase his comedic talent while getting a movie worthy to stand among the other entries of the forever lasting Marvel franchise.
A Bad Moms Christmas can’t help but feel like a rushed sequel wrapped in a cheap Christmas movie
I’m all for feminist female-centric comedy films. Heck, I even enjoyed Rough Nights despite the hate that film got. However, it’s hard to stand by A Bad Moms Christmas. What starts out as a movie about gender roles quickly becomes another cheesy and tacky Christmas movie. Even as an attempt to cozy us up to the inevitable Holiday season, A Bad Moms Christmas is here to remind me why I hate Christmas movies so much.
Kumaii Nanjiani’s love story is real in every way possible
After Nicholas Sparks and Adam Sandler, romance and comedy movies were never the same. What was once highly respected genres quickly became parodies of themselves recycling the same old tropes. However, what both person horrifically injected in the genre were a sense of artificiality. The story they were telling were situations that happen only in movies and would never in real life. The Big Sick is the very reaction to this trend. Michael Showalter’s latest comedy brings back a sense of realness and much-needed diversity to both genres even when the product suffers during the third act.
Netflix’s original movie curse has been broken by a modern day E.T
It was a long time since Netflix made a good original movie. Beasts of No Nation was supposed to start a new era of theater-quality movies you can watch on your own TV or computer and what came next were mediocre films not worth anyone’s time. With Netflix’s Cannes entry finally available to everyone, it revamps once again how we see movies. Okja is daring, stylish and original, a kind of movie that is too risky for blockbusters today.