Insidious: Chapter 2 continues the story we came to be familiar with from the first movie; Josh and Renai Lambert (Patrick Wilson & Rose Byrne) have three kids. Dalton (Ty Simpkins), Foster (Andrew Astor) and a daughter named Cali. If you recall, at the end of Insidious, Josh has just killed Elise Ranier (Lin Shaye) but no one but the audience knows that.
Chapter 2 primarily focuses on the possession of Josh Lambert, who we come to find out is possessed by the woman in black, who turns out to be a man by the name of Parker Crane (Tom Fitzpatrick), who in life, was known as the “The Bride in Black” because he would dress in black and kill young women. Elise’s coworkers Tucker and Specs (Leigh Whannell & Angus Sampson) meet Carl (Steve Coulter) who used to work Elise. Together they uncover the truth about Parker Crane and show up at the Lambert’s house to help Josh and his family.
In ‘The Further’, Josh, Carl and Elise are trying to find Parker so that they can get rid of him for the sake of those in the real world. They find out that when he was younger, Parker was forced to wear dresses and his mother called him ‘Marilyn’ and when he got older, he was killing young women at the behest of his mother’s spirit. (Very Friday the 13th) In the end though, the Lamberts are able to reunite and all seems well.
From this point on, the Insidious franchise does not look back at the Lamberts. Their part is over.
Not as good as its predecessor but still a scary movie, I like that Elise still had a role to play despite being dead. The scares in the first film had a lot more to do with tension and creep-factor whereas this one was a lot more in your face scary. I think Patrick Wilson’s acting in this was really good considering how we got to watch the descent into madness as he was being told to kill his family. Overall, an okay sequel that is followed by two more movies. Parker being told what to do by his mother reminded me a lot of Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th (1980) and his own mother. That being said, the similarity didn’t take away from the fear factor of the scenario. I definitely preferred the first movie though.
It begins in the all too familiar way. The Lambert family have moved into a new home and things seem to be going well but then, it wouldn’t be a horror movie if things didn’t go awry. Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) have two sons named Dalton (Ty Simpkins), Foster (Andrew Astor) and an infant daughter named Cali. Dalton, one night, is exploring the attic when he seems to be scared by something in the shadows and falls, and the next day he is found to be in a mysterious coma.
He’s treated for three months at a hospital but it’s when he is able to be brought back home, that things start getting paranormal. Renai begins to hear disembodied voices coming from Cali’s baby monitor, but there’s no one in the room, Foster tells his mom that Dalton sleep walks at night, but it all comes crashing down around the family when Renai is attacked by a figure in Cali’s room. They abandon the house and move. Lo and behold, the paranormal activity doesn’t stop there, and instead, Josh’s mom Lorraine shows up, played by Barbara Hershey, and reports a dream she had where there was a figure in Dalton’s room. We see a red-faced demon at this point, and the rest of the movie takes on a fast pace afterwards.
Lorraine recommends they call demonologist Elise Rainier, whom she had previously met because she had the same problem with Josh when he was a child. Josh himself, is skeptical when he is told that their son is actually quite skilled at astral projecting but in doing so, has ended up too far away and is now trapped in a place Elise calls ‘The Further.’ He then sees drawings that Dalton had in his room, that confirmed this theory. They decide to hold a seance but then a demon briefly possesses Dalton’s body, which Elise stops. She then goes on to explain that Josh did the same thing when he was younger, and it was only after they suppressed his memories that they felt they had stopped the problem.
It is at this point that we are introduced for the first time, to this woman in black that is thought to be obsessed with Josh, wanting to possess him. She’s been following him since he was a child, but with his memories suppressed, he was no longer astral projecting and interacting with her. Dalton, however, inherited this skill from his father and has gotten himself stuck. The only way to get him out is for Josh to astral project and go and get his son and bring him back.
The scenes of Josh in ‘The Further’ are really chilling, because he runs into various entities that are all wanting to come to life again, and take over the living. He finds Dalton, but they are attacked by the red-faced demon and they have to escape him. All the while, in the land of the living, the spirits are wreaking havoc on Elise and the others. Sending Dalton ahead of him, Josh confronts the woman in black and tells her to leave him alone, she disappears and he returns to his body, and the spirits disappear.
Afterwards, Elise is packing up the equipment when she feels Josh come up behind her. Something catches her eye, and out of curiosity she takes a photo of him. This enrages him and he strangles her to death. Renai is the one to find Elise’s body and looks at the photo, and we see that the woman in black is at the forefront, no longer in the background. Josh approaches, she turns around and upon seeing him, gasps and the movie ends.
This was the beginning of my exposure to James Wan, the director behind films such as Saw (2004), Dead Silence (2007) and the well-known Conjuring Universe that came after Insidious. This universe includes the aforementioned Conjuring movies, the first one coming out in 2013, and the Annabelle movies, the first of which came out in 2014. I like to believe that Insidious was the gateway horror movie that helped me fall in love with the genre. One of my favorite franchises being the Conjuring Universe. What made this movie so fascinating was this idea that the people themselves were being haunted; moving houses wouldn’t help.
I’ll get more into this in the following Insidious movie reviews, but Elise Rainier is the unsuspected star of this movie for me. Especially since we hadn’t seen The Conjuring (2013) yet, so the idea of the story following the ghost hunter & demonologist group rather than the family wasn’t super common at this point.
The part where Renai sees the little boy dancing in her house to that Tiny Tim song “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” rocked me to my core and I couldn’t hear that song for a while without getting scared. (Fun fact: Tiny Tim was a guest singer on the pilot episode of Spongebob Squarepants.)
I only thought it was normal to begin my spooky season series with the movie that ignited my love for the genre.
Have you guys seen Insidious? What did you think of it?
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) our friendly neighborhood Spiderman has been dealing with his understandable grief over Tony Stark’s death. He’s looking forward to going on a school science trip where he has concocted a plan to tell MJ (Zendaya) that he has feelings for her. He’s shown as teenager who is overwhelmed with all the pressure and just wants to go on vacation, even going as far as to repeatedly ignore Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) calls.
His school’s trip leads him to Venice, where Fury tracks him down and tranquilizes Ned because he badly needs to speak to Parker. After being interrupted multiple times, the duo end up in a remote base where Fury has set up shop. We see the familiar face of Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) as well as a newcomer; Mysterio aka Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) who we learn is a superhero from another Earth. Monsters who can control different elements and are called elementals have been attacking various locations on Earth and Fury has decided that Beck and Spiderman will team up to take down the final one; fire.
Throughout all of this, Peter is desperately trying to get the chance to be alone with MJ but he keeps getting pulled away to do superhero errands. United, Mysterio and Spiderman are able to take down the final elemental and this results in Fury inviting Beck and Parker to Berlin, to talk about creating a new team of superheroes. However, there is a catch. He needs to believe that Parker is ready to step up and be the hero the world needs, and not worry so much about his classes and his friends. Once again acting as the shoulder to cry on, Beck proposes that he and Peter go out to get a drink. It was during this scene that Peter gets the idea to give E.D.I.T.H to Beck, believing him to be better fit for the role of the next Iron Man. E.D.I.T.H (Even Dead, I’m The Hero) is a highly advanced AI system that is connected to everything that Stark controlled.
No less than five minutes after Beck is given the glasses and Peter leaves to go back to his class, it is revealed that Beck isn’t a superhero at all but is actually an ex-employee of Stark who held a grudge. With access to highly advanced projector drones, he was able to manifest these disasters and make them look realistic without having to do any actual heavy lifting. It’s a genius idea, but this reveals him to be the true villain of the movie. Peter himself isn’t too far behind with that discovery. With the help of MJ who actually deduces that he is Spiderman by showing him a piece of the debris from the fight, subsequently triggering it to unveil the projection.
Peter immediately goes to seek out Fury and tell him that Beck was not who he claimed to be, but he gets tricked by Mysterio through a series of projections and ends up being hit by a train. A train that he climbs into, badly wounded, and falls asleep on–which lands him in the Netherlands. Upon breaking out of a cell in the Netherlands, he calls Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) to come get him because he has to fix everything. On the plane, they have a heart to heart about why Tony chose Peter and why that was a good idea, despite what Peter himself thought. This all leads to the final battle between Mysterio’s team and Peter Parker, which ultimately ends with Mysterio trying to trick Peter once again. This time, by making it appear as though he were on the ground in front of Peter, handing him the E.D.I.T.H glasses back, but Peter sees through the ruse and manages to grab Beck right before he is able to shoot him in the head.
“You can’t trick me anymore.”
Peter to Quentin Beck
All seems well, Peter and the rest of his class return to Newark and life goes on, with Peter telling MJ that he will see her later for what can be assumed to be a date. The credit scenes however, tell more of the story. The mid-credit scene starts out with Spiderman going to pick up MJ, and dropping her off. It continues by showing a giant screen in the middle of the square playing an edited video of Quentin Beck. What is he saying in the video? Oh just that Spiderman tried to kill everyone with drones and that his real name was Peter Parker. The post-credits scene reveals that Maria and Fury were actually the Skrulls that Captain Marvel helps in her solo film, and that the real Fury is actually on a “simulated” vacation off-world.
What does this mean? For one, it means that the world now knows Spiderman’s real identity and now think that he is an evil villain behind all the attacks. That means that the next movie in the franchise will presumably deal with this aftermath. With Spiderman no longer being part of the MCU, no one really knows what this means for the story. It definitely makes things complicated since such an integral part of Peter’s storyline is his connection to Tony Stark.
I’m really curious to see how Spiderman’s future movies pan out, especially now that Sony is solely in charge. MJ and Peter are together now, which means there is a lot of potential for cute moments in any upcoming films. I wonder how Peter’s secret identity no longer being a secret will affect their relationship, if it will at all. I do have to say though, that the scene where Peter has no idea what is real and what isn’t, was visually stunning. All the actors did a good job, but I think Tom Holland’s acting really shined through in this installment. The emotions he was able to display through his acting made the entire story all the more powerful for me. Overall, this was a very good addition to the Spiderman story we have come to know these last few years, but there’s really no telling where it is going from here.
If you saw the movie, be sure to let me know in the comments what you thought of it!
As we recall from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) was on his way to Laketown to wreak havoc and do what most evil dragons do; burn buildings to the ground and kill people. Smaug is a practically invincible monster who enjoys causing chaos, but we come to find out that there is a literal chink in his armor; a spot where Bard’s ancestor managed to hit him all those years ago. Bard does his family name justice by landing the critical hit, slaying the beast and saving the people of Laketown. There isn’t much left to save, mind you. So the people follow him on a trek to Dale, seeking out Thorin’s company at Erebor so that they may receive a portion of the gold to help them rebuild their home.
Elsewhere, Gandalf (Ian McKellan)is still captured at Dol Guldur and for a moment it seems as though he is going to die. But the calvary arrive in the form of Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Elrond (Hugo Weaving), and Saruman (Christopher Lee), who free Gandalf and send him to safety with Radagast (Silvester McCoy). Galadriel does something here, that quite frankly, took me off guard. When seemingly cornered by a formless Sauron (also Benedict Cumberbatch), Galadriel’s entire figure morphs from the pristine white lady we saw her as, to a ghastly ghoul looking female who has the power to banish him to the East. I don’t understand how she was able to do it, but it made sense since everyone treated her as the most powerful being. We definitely see that she is powerful when with one move of her hand, the Ork practically disintegrates.
Back at Erebor, Thorin has lost his wits. He has been overtaken by ‘dragon’s sickness’, an ailment of the mind that drove his grandfather crazy with greed. He is obsessed with finding the Arkenstone, while the rest of his company are watching him with increasing concern, noting that he wasn’t the same. To make matters worse, Thranduil, the king of the woodland elves (Lee Pace) has come with an army to take back what was his; a necklace of white gems that Thorin’s grandfather refused him. Rather than agreeing to give the laketown people a portion of his gold, and return the gems to Thranduil, Thorin is ready to go to war over his gold. At the time, it is just him and his company against seemingly hundreds. This is about the time that Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) sneaks away with the Arkenstone in order to give it to Thranduil and Bard, hoping they can use it to get Thorin to concede. It doesn’t work, especially when Thorin’s cousin Dáin (Billy Connolly) shows up with an army of dwarves. If you’re keeping count, there is now three armies; dwarves, elves, man.
Suddenly there’s a huge battle between dwarves and elves, one that Thorin’s company does not take part in. Suddenly, there are wereworms coming out of the earth that reminded me of the demogorgons in Stranger Things and they are leading the way for Azog’s Orks. Elves and dwarves join forces and the battle wages on, with Thorin’s company still in the safety of the castle. He is refusing to take part in the war, much preferring to keep his gold safe. Four armies are now fighting; elves, dwarves and man fighting against the Orks. This entire war takes up a huge chunk of the movie, and yet it was never boring. The fight sequences and camera work helped keep me at the edge of my seat. There’s a particular scene where Thorin hears the echoes of what people have been saying to him and he seems to defeat the ‘dragon’s sickness’ and goes to the rest of his company and asks them to follow him one last time. I didn’t enjoy this foreshadowing.
The dwarves led by Dáin were ready to fall back and surrender, but they end up rallying when the thirteen come running out and the fighting commences once more. Later, Thorin rides towards Ravenhill with Dwalin, Fíli, and Kíli to kill Azog (Manu Bennett) because as Gandalf explains, they are cutting off the head of the snake. By this point, Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) have arrived to warn about what they saw; Bolg’s Ork army who are coming from the North. With all five armies present, Azog kills Fíli, as Bilbo, Thorin and the others are forced to watch. His dead body falls in front of Kíli, who then rushes to fight the Orks. Tauriel, seeing Kíli fighting goes to help, but is cornered by Orks, which she dispatches quickly but ends up wounded and unable to fight. Kíli comes to help her and he is killed by an Ork, with Tauriel forced to watch.
“If this is love, I do not want it. Take it away, please. Why does it hurt so much?”
“Because it was real.”
Tauriel to Thranduil
Azog and Thorin engage in a fight to the death, where they both ultimately lose their lives. Bilbo goes to Thorin in his final moments, and the fallen king is able to apologize for his behavior, going as far as to apologize for bringing Bilbo to such peril. Bilbo replies by saying that he was thankful for it, that it was more than any Baggins deserved.
“If more people valued home above gold, this world would be a merrier place.”
Thorin Oakenshield to Bilbo Baggins before passing away
The movie ends with Bilbo returning to the Shire with Gandalf, who informs him that he knows about the magic ring. Bilbo claims to have lost it and goes home, only to find out that he was presumed dead and his possessions were being sold at an auction. Sixty years later, he is shown at his home where Gandalf comes to visit. A parallel to the beginning scenes of the first movie where Gandalf came to his home.
If you couldn’t tell before, this was my favorite of the trilogy. It was an epic finale to the prequels, and I believe it set the stage well for the following films. I can’t think of many films that I would have been able to sit through almost two hours of constant war, but with this one, the cinematography and dialogue made it all worth it. Not to mention the heart-wrenching scenes of characters having to watch their loved ones die. It’s a true experience that I recommend to anyone who has never seen the movies. I’ve seen a lot of movies, even just in this month but I can’t remember the last film that had me crying on and off like this one did. I really can’t say enough for how much I loved this one. I have come to really love these characters and their connections to each other, notably between Bilbo and Thorin who began with the king allowing the hobbit to join his company out of necessity. To watch their friendship grow until Thorin passes away, was really fulfilling and then ultimately heartbreaking.
When Bilbo joined the company, he was not expecting to walk away with new friends and companions he would trust with his life. He also probably wasn’t expecting to care so much when lives are lost.
What did you guys think of the Hobbit movies? Did you watch them after the sequels or like me, did you start with the prequels? Let me know in the comments below.
As someone who lives in South Florida, I found this movie absolutely terrifying at certain points while humorous at others. Haley Keller (Kaya Scodelario), a college athlete at the University of Florida in Gainesville returns home down south to get her dad before the hurricane hits. This hurricane in question, is a monster in itself. After being told that those in the area needed to evacuate because rescues would be near impossible, she and her father (Barry Pepper) end up in the crawl space of the house in Coral Lake.
Things take a turn for the worse. As it turns out, the crawl space has become feeding grounds for ravenous alligators. Who, mind you, are killing for sport and territory and not for food. They end up spending the rest of the movie fighting against alligators and then the elements before they wind up on the roof of the house, getting rescued at the end of the movie.
Minus the ravenous alligators, the plot was pretty predictable. The father and daughter duo have a tense relationship that shows major progress by the end of the film. Because of their tense relationship, it wasn’t hard to predict that they would make it out of there alive. From a Floridian perspective though, the movie missed a lot of points. It was just very obvious that the writing and mannerisms were chosen by people who aren’t from Florida. I had an inkling while watching the film; something was off.
A quick glance at the end credits showed that a lot of the work took place on a sound stage in Serbia, with exterior shots being filmed in Tampa Bay, Florida. Due to the nature of the film, I found this surprisingly morbid since it was sometime this year that a body was found in a lake in Tampa Bay; surrounded by alligators. Since I do not want to exploit this tragic event, I will not include names or extra details.
All in all, the movie was entertaining and at sometimes actually scary but that was about it. It isn’t a movie I would see again, since it could have easily created a craze of fearing alligators just as Jaws did pertaining to sharks.
Have any of you seen the movie? What did you think of it?
If you recall, we left our group of dwarves, one hobbit and a wizard at the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as they had just managed to escape the Orcs. After a touching scene between Thorin and Bilbo, the credits roll and we are pushed forward into The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
In this one, we meet so many fantastic characters. We get Legolas (Orlando Bloom); the prince of the woodland realm, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly); the elven chief of the Mirkwood Guards, and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans); the heir of Girion, the last king of the old Dale.
The movie begins by showing a flashback that details the ‘chance’ meeting between Thorin and Gandalf where we find out that Thorin has been in search of his father, and yet he seems to be the only one who believes him to still be alive. This scene is used to explain how they came to meet and how the group came to be and why a burglar was even necessary.
We meet Tauriel, the beautiful elven chief of the guard who is shown to not be like the other woodland realm elves. She seems to be compassionate, and actually wants to help Thorin’s group despite them being dwarves. There seems to be something blooming between her and Kíli (Aidan Turner) which I’m interested to see how this plays out in the next film.
We finally get to see Smaug in his purest form i.e trying to kill everyone. Before they get to him though, they have to find the keyhole to the entrance to Erebor and for a moment, all is lost when the sun sets and the group believes themselves to be doomed. Until Bilbo realizes the phrase was referring to moonlight, and not the sun. This begins the ending arc of the movie where they must fight the dragon, only for said dragon to leave and decide to attack the laketown.
This leaves Bilbo staring as Smaug leaves and he says “what have we done?” Which is really foreboding for what the finale of the Hobbit trilogy holds for us. Speaking of Bilbo, he’s been getting a lot of use out of the golden ring he found and since I don’t know much about the ring yet, I will leave it at that. I’ve noticed his usage, I know that it plays an important role later on, but right now? Just jotting down the fact he is using it a lot.
Overall, I think I enjoyed the first movie more than this one, but even so this movie was mesmerizing in it’s own right. I’m super excited to watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies to see how all of this comes together.
After many years of being told I should watch the Lord of the Rings movies (Referred to as LOTR from now on) I have finally started the journey. It is one that will be long, and undoubtedly painful at times. There will be spoilers throughout this series of reviews, so if you are like me and have never seen it before, you have been warned.
Bilbo Baggins is turning 111 years old, and he (Ian Holm) wants to write a letter for his nephew Frodo (Elijah Wood) to tell him of the adventures he took part in many years prior. These adventures begin with a wizard named Gandalf (Ian McKellan) who showed up at the door of a much younger Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) before having a rather odd conversation and departing. Not before leaving a sign on the door, mind you. And thus, Baggins ends up being the unknowing host of a dinner part of thirteen dwarves. The leader of the group is Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) who is the rightful king of the lonely mountain, the kingdom of Erebor that was taken by the dragon Smaug due to his love of gold. In the process of leaving their homeland and traveling, Thorin’s grandfather Thrór is killed by an Orc named Azog, who lost his forearm at Thorin’s hand and was thought to be dead. The adventure sounds simple in theory; get back to Erebor and defeat Smaug and retake the Lonely Mountain. In practice, they are dealing with obstacle after obstacle, battle after battle. Thorin at first is hesitant of Bilbo, because he is a hobbit and they aren’t exactly known for being warriors.
I’m not going to give you a play by play about the film because I really do believe it is something that needs to be experienced first-hand. It’s a long movie, 3 hours of building a world that you feel like you can just step right into. It is immersive and beautiful, and I found myself wanting to start the second hobbit movie right away. There’s something so peaceful about the universe, and it is so masterfully created that by the end of it, I was actually tearing up when Thorin and Bilbo embrace. It’s a heartwarming scene. Bilbo says something along the way of “I feel that the worst is behind us” and I really do want that to be the truth, even though I have a feeling that it isn’t.
I can’t get over how imaginative the world is, and how beautiful all of the scenes were. When they were in Rivendell? Beautiful. When they were being chased by Goblins? Stunning, despite how tense I was watching the scenes unfold. We also meet Golem for the first time, and we see that Bilbo now has a ring. Since I do not know what happens in the original LOTR trilogy, I have no idea if the ring he possesses is THE ring, but I’m interested to see how that plays out. I also really love the camaraderie between those in the party. Even when they find themselves in tricky situations, they fight together and never seem to give up.
Normally, I am one to stay away from incredibly long movies but I never really felt like I was looking at the clock to see how much time was left. The only time I did that was when I realized it was getting late and I had to wake up early the next morning. But since the movies are so long, I really have to schedule them into my day and plan it out strategically. The entire month of September has been planned for the LOTR movies and the subsequent reviews.
Have you guys seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? What did you guys think of it?
Deckard Shaw was the big bad guy in Furious 7, bent on cleaning his younger brother’s failures when it came to taking down Toretto’s crew. If you haven’t seen that movie, let’s just say that things do not work out and Deckard ends up in prison. But this villain’s story has a twist; we see him once again in The Fate of the Furious but this time, he’s working with the good guys? He helps Dom with his plan to take down the villain of that movie, but since that isn’t what this review is about I’m going to move on.
Hobbs & Shaw stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson returning as Luke Hobbs, the hardened cop who takes no back talk and Jason Statham returning as Deckard Shaw, the bad guy gone good guy but who was never really bad in the first place? It’s confusing, and I don’t agree. But I’ll get to that in a bit.
Rather than summarizing the plot, I’m going to gloss over the details so that if you’re interested, you’ll go and watch the movie for yourself because it was an exciting one. In the film, we watch as Hobbs and Shaw are told to team up for the greater good, to fight a group known as Eteon, who are planning on killing the weak and building the strong. It’s your classic the-bad-guys-believe-they-are-saving-mankind trope. What makes this film stick out, is the well choreographed action and car chase sequences. Would it really be a fast and furious film if a ridiculously fast car didn’t manage to squeeze under a semi-truck? The answer is no.
We also get to learn more about Hobbs’ family and why we never see them come around. Turns out when he was younger he turned his own father in to the police and left Samoa because he felt as though he had betrayed his family. We get to see him return home and fix his bond with his brother, and even bringing his daughter to visit later on. That’s what makes the Fast and Furious franchise different from other action movies that I’ve seen; it isn’t just about fast cars and pretty woman, though that is a big portion of it. It’s about family and it’s about loyalty.
Now let’s get back to Deckard Shaw for a moment. Do we remember when we first meet him? He is the man responsible for Hans’ death in Tokyo Drift. And despite this huge fact, we never really see anyone acknowledge this after he decides to fight alongside them. Especially after we find out that he never actually went rogue against M16 and that Brixton (member of Eteon) framed him to ruin his reputation. I’m glad to know that he isn’t the cold-hearted killer that we meet in Furious 7 but he’s still a killer. Granted, no one’s a saint in this franchise, I understand that much but there should at least be a conversation in the upcoming Fast and Furious film that talks about him murdering Hans.
What did you guys think of the film? What’s your opinion on Shaw? I’m really interested in what you guys have to say.
Let’s add this one to the pile of movies that I didn’t necessarily dislike but that I probably won’t ever pick over another option. In Netflix Original ‘The Perfect Date’ we see the seemingly go-to choice for the male protagonist in all teenage romance movies right now; Noah Centineo who plays Brooks Rattigan. Starring alongside him is Laura Marano, Camila Mendes and Odiseas Georgiadis. Camila Mendes was heavily shown in the trailer that I watched or any clips that I saw beforehand but her screen time was a total of about 10 minutes.
Brooks Rattigan is like a lot of high school students when the reality of college sets in. He is set on going to Yale, being that it is a an Ivy League and our boy Rattigan seems like someone who is very infatuated with material objects. He’s trying to figure out a way to save up for Yale since he and his dad wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise. An opportunity arises where he gets hired to take Celia Lieberman (Marano) to a school dance. In passing, Celia says that he’s really good at it and would probably be able to make a business out of taking girls to places so they aren’t alone.
So he does. With the coding help of his best friend Murph, he creates an app that allows girls to mold their perfect date for a fee and he will take them out. He quickly spirals and we see a montage of all the various dates he is going on. Celia and him are growing closer (if they weren’t, it wouldn’t be a teenage romance) and they end up having a falling out when he’s so oblivious to her actual feelings. Rattigan gains some perspective and works past his superficial personality and decides that he is tired of pretending to be something he isn’t. It’s a good message, I just think the movie fell short from leaving a lasting impact.
I don’t think it needs to be said that Brooks and Celia end up together and it’s cute but once again; it feels like the same story we’ve all heard before. I want something new, something fresh and innovative. I’m sure I’m not alone in this feeling either.
This movie for the past couple of months has been on my radar but it was always passed up for something else–not to say it didn’t appeal to me but there was always something else that took my attention away. So last week I finally sat down and I watched it. This was during the span of days where I was watching 1-2 movies a day, just out of boredom and having a long list of movies I wanted to get to.
This was a really cute movie and one that I felt was very relatable. A boy and girl who grew up together end up sleeping together and the safe little world they had created around them implodes. It’s a really tough scene to watch because he’s dealing with the sudden loss of his mother and she is trying to be there for him but he lashes out, as one tends to do when they are feeling so many intense emotions all at once. They don’t reconnect until much much later when she is a successful chef who travels from place to place, and is engaged to a guy that doesn’t really care about her at all. She ends up leaving her fiancé and begins dating again. This leads to another messy situation occurs that involves them going on a double date, her date being Keanu Reeves playing Keanu Reeves. Having the actual celebrity playing themselves makes for a really interesting experience because it makes the scene that much more realistic with just a touch of melodrama. (John Wick gets punched in the face, it’s awesome.)
Throughout the entire movie we’re watching two people realize that they love each other, with one of them taking a lot longer to realize that he was messing everything up by not wanting anything to change. He’s part of a band that he almost wrecks everything for because he gets really drunk before an audition but ultimately he turns his life around and even begins to leave her voice messages saying that he wants her back and that he is oh so happy that his merchandise for the band is finally selling. He later finds out she was buying everything under a fake name because despite everything; she still loved him and wanted him to be successful. She had his back. He just had to grow up and realize what he wanted and not hold himself back any longer.
Ali Wong plays her role brilliantly, she plays an unapologetic business woman who goes for what she wants and isn’t afraid to speak her mind if something doesn’t sit right with her. Randall Park plays his role really well, he encapsulated what it feels like to have the rug pulled out from under you and he showed how hard it could be to get back up, but that you have to do it. If not for anyone else, get up for you. The two of them meshed really well on screen and it made their love story believable.
What did you guys think of the movie? Leave me your thoughts down below!