Updated: 04/08/2016 4:12 PM
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4/8 Movie Trip
Coming out this weekend are a drama, a comedy and a blast from the past you can watch at home. Paul McGuire Grimes from the website Paul’s trip to the Movies tells us which is worth the trip.
DEMOLITION (theatrical release)
Davis’ world is turned upside down when his wife is killed in a head-on collision. He survived the car accident without a scratch. At first, he doesn’t seem to know how to cope with the loss. He begins to carry out his day, business as usual. He shows up for work as if nothing has happened. While he was in the hospital after the accident he lost some change in a vending machine and decides to write a letter to the company about his loss, the loss being his money and his wife. Karen, their sole customer service rep, responds after Davis sends four letters to the company. She takes an interest in his story, and it’s not long before they meet up and a new friendship ensues between them. Like Davis, she is a bit unstable herself. She’s sleeping with the CEO of the company, is a big stoner, and has a thirteen-year-old son. Curiosity starts to set in for Davis who feels like destruction and demolition is the way to break down his life into realizing what’s important. He approaches it in a metaphorical sense and a physical sense when he decides to take apart his office bathroom stall, a cappuccino maker, and tear up his house. Davis, Karen, and her son all find themselves on a path of crisis and self-identity.
-Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, and Debra Monk
-Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée who helmed Dallas Buyers Club and Wild. This has been my favorite of the three.
-Gyllenhaal gives another exceptional performance. His last few films like Southpaw and Nightcrawler have felt like “transformation” kinds of characters for him. This film is more raw, stripped down, and vulnerable.
-All three of the main characters are edgy, loose canons making the film fairly unpredictable as to how far and quirky they will go to get their lives on the right track. Gyllenhaal’s character really teeters back and forth on self-destruction versus clarity leaving you to question if the craziness of one can lead to the next.
-The erratic nature of characters will divide audiences. It will be easy to dismiss the absurdity behind someone who is wealthy but takes his grief out by destroying his gorgeous house and ruining his job. While I’ve never been in that situation and don’t necessarily approve of his actions, I emphasized with Gyllenhaal’s character and really understood his plight of wanting to tear his life up in order to figure out how to put it back together
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Gyllenhaal and Watts give exceptional performances for two characters that are far from it.
RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
THE BOSS (theatrical release)
Melissa McCarthy and her husband and creative partner, Ben Falcone, are back with another loud-mouthed character that aligns with many of the other characters she has created recently. She plays Michelle Darnell, a business titan who has risen from the ashes to become a confidant and successful career woman. She spent her childhood being tossed around from foster home to foster home. She considers herself one of the wealthiest women in America but finds herself now being arrested for insider trading. This leaves her security guard Tito and assistant Claire without jobs. Her four month sentence ends, and Michelle realizes the hard way that she has nothing left in life now that the government has seized her belongings. She reaches out to Claire who decides to put her up for the meantime. Claire’s daughter is part of a girl troop called the Dandelions, who like the Girls Scouts, sell cookies. Michelle sees this as the perfect business opportunity as she wants to start a competing troop venture called Darnell’s Darlings Brownies. This could be a good fresh start for her, but her ex-boyfriend Ronald/Renault has alternative motives.
-Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Tyler Labine, Cecily Strong, Kathy Bates, Kristen Schaal
-Written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone. They also produced it with and Falcone directing it.
-McCarthy created this character many years ago when she was a part of the sketch comedy group The Groundlings.
-It feels like a movie based around a sketch character. If you’ve seen any Saturday Night Live movies, you know what I mean where it’s funny in doses but doesn’t always work for a full movie.
-Much like the other McCarthy characters recently, she’s very foul-mouthed and a mess of a character. Except this time, she’s rich and very self-obsessed. Per usual, she’s not someone that you always root for.
-McCarthy has had some big hits (Bridesmaids, Spy) and some big lows (Identity Thief, Tammy) and this falls right in the middle like The Heat. It has quite a few big, loud funny moments but there are larger scenes that just do not work. The script is fairly disjointed. Even though he’s token villain, Peter Dinklage disappears for a large portion of the movie.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Even though she’s done better movies, there’s no denying McCarthy’s comedic chops.
RATING: 3 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY (home release)
Pee-Wee Herman is back in another full length movie. It’s been 28 years since 1988’s Big-Top Pee Wee, and he hasn’t aged a day. He lives in the happy-go-lucky town of Fairville. He has a very routine based day stuck in his quirky traditions. Everybody in town says hello to him as he goes to work as a cook at Dan’s Diner. One day a biker stops in and orders a chocolate milkshake. Low and behold, the biker is actor Joe Manganiello. That doesn’t mean anything to Pee-Wee as he never seen True Blood or Magic Mike. They strike up conversation repeating the same thing each other is saying. Joe invites Pee-Wee out to New York for his big birthday party. Pee-Wee is very hesitant about leaving Fairville for the first time but decides to be adventures and head out on the open road. Pee-Wee’s gullible nature gets him into a heap of trouble along the way compromising his chances of getting to New York City in time for Joe’s party.
-Available exclusively through Netflix Streaming as part of their ongoing effort to produce original films and showcase them there instead of in theaters or other On Demand services
-Written by Paul Reubens and produced by Judd Apatow
-Completley family friendly and will hopefully introduce a whole new generation of moviegoers who didn’t grow up watching Pee-Wee’s Playhouse or his movie Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure both of which are streaming as well.
-Infectious energy with Reubens portrayal of Pee-Wee. If you like the character, you can’t help but smile and laugh along.
-The comedy style is silly and stupid, yet still funny because of Pee-Wee’s innocence and good-natured spirit to him. The comedy “rule of three” completely thrown out the window.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Pee-Wee fans will enjoy going on his new adventure