Sorry, 3.5 readers, I have been uber busy, but here are some brief takes on some other movies I saw but didn’t get around to reviewing:
The Kitchen – Though it has a few good moments, I thought this 1970s crime drama starring Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy and Elisabeth Moss was kind of lame. It’s about a trio of New York housewives whose husbands go to jail and they step up to run their criminal enterprise. It’s sort of cringe because on one hand, it’s clear the movie is made such that you are supposed to root for women making it in yet another male dominated profession, i.e. crime and yet, these women are murdering and robbing and so on so really, should we be cheering on anyone who does such things? McCarthy and Haddish are great comedians and I get they wanted to exercise their dramatic chops, but this wasn’t it. Those vehicles are possible. For example, McCarthy nailed it with “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and Haddish will likely find her dramatic role one day. Moss, who has drama experience from Mad Men, doesn’t get much of a chance to shine. Overall, it felt like a cheesy ripoff of 2018’s Widows, which was also about three wives who pull off a heist when their husbands are taken out of commission.
The Art of Racing in the Rain – This is another one of those noble dog movies where the dog helps his owner throughout. Although they are just one step above being a Hallmark Channel movie, they’re still pretty good. This one is about a race car driver who has perfected the art of racing in the rain, i.e. don’t panic or you’ll wipe out, rather, assume the rain will come and turn into the skid. Though he was unprepared for his wife’s death and the ensuing custody battle with her parents over his daughter, the lead, whose name I forget, keeps on driving with the help of his pooch. Good stuff.
Angel Has Fallen – A good addition to this series. Made me go back and watch the original Olympus Has Fallen and realize it is underrated as an action film.
What movies have you seen lately, 3.5 readers?