C’mon C’mon Review

There are times where life seems unfair and too hard, and where navigating life’s struggles is a real challenge. Some issues in life may seem unresolvable. There are many of those scenarios in C’mon C’mon as director Mike Mills brings us a black and white film that is brilliant and touching, and relatable to life in so many ways.

Joaquin Phoenix delivers a knockout performance in C’mon C’mon, as does Gabby Hoffmann as his sister and Woody Norman as his nephew. Phoenix plays Johnny, an introverted radio journalist who is close with his sister Viv, played by Hoffman. Viv’s husband Paul, played by Scott McNairy, is having serious problems, and Viv is struggling to care for her son Jesse, played by Norman. To help out, Johnny takes Jesse on a cross country trip that becomes the focus of the film.

Joaquin Phoenix is one of those actors who can play all kinds of characters with interesting personalities and a wide range of emotions. The connections between Johnny and Jesse in C’mon C’mon are heartwarming, and though there are moments of grief and frustration between the two, Phoenix keeps a laid-back persona throughout the film. Mills use of monochromatic cinematography mirrors Phoenix’s persona.

I found C’mon C’mon relatable in many ways, and I loved the film. I believe this was a role for the ages for Phoenix, and his performance will draw Oscar buzz. And C’mon C’mon may be one of the best films yet for Mike Mills, who really knows how to direct films that centers on life issues. Four stars for C’mon C’mon.

King Richard Review

King Richard (2021) - IMDb

King Richard is a film about confidence, respect, integrity, and never giving up. The true story of Venus and Serena Williams comes to life in this triumphant achievement from director Reinaldo Marcus Green. It is one of the best performances of Will Smith’s career. He has the attitude, the aptitude, and is a truly caring father figure in his portrayal of the tennis stars’ father, Richard Williams. And the performances of Saniyya Sidney as Venus and Demi Singleton as Serena are stellar as well.

King Richard takes place in Compton, California, during the younger days of Venus and Serena. Their father is the focus of the film as he trains Venus and Serena day and night and reminds them constantly about what it takes to be strong with their craft. But Richard lacks the money to get his daughters the training they need, so he begs pro coaches to see how talented his daughters are. Richard and his daughters experience both acceptance and rejection, but their father keeps pushing them and the coaches to help his daughters evolve to be the pro athletes he dreams of them to be.

As Richard pushes his daughters with empathy and encouragement he reminds them, and us, that in life giving up is not an option.

I grew up with family members who love tennis and love Venus and Serena, and King Richard made me think a lot about that time of my life. I also love films where there is inspiration for people to follow their dreams, and King Richard may be one of the best films I have seen in that regard. The film will make many fans around the world soar with positivity. Four stars for King Richard.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife review

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the latest and most nostalgic film in the Ghostbustersfranchise. The world has been waiting for a fun and fulfilling adventure that revisits the original 1984 classic. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is all that, and it doesn’t just revisit but actually revamps the franchise.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, focuses on a single mom, Callie, played by Carrie Coon, who is looking to start a new life after moving into her grandfather’s old house with her two kids, Phoebe and Trevor, played by Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard. The kids discover a Ghostbusters past connection that sets them off on a wild and thrilling adventure. They get help along the way from a schoolteacher, Mr Grooberson, played by Paul Rudd. And of course Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray appear as the ghost hunters that we’ll always think of them as.

The brilliance of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is how the adventures from the original film are woven in. The myths and other secrets that we all know from 1984 start to come back to life. There are many exciting moments, lots of funny dialogue, and the approaches to the ghost hunting is much like the original classic. Director Jason Reitman has a brilliant mind for nostalgic ghost fun.

There may be some mixed emotions with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but I truly enjoyed it. I loved how it kept the original Ghostbusters vibe that we all loved. The theme song and the scenarios all correlate to that classic. Just truly fun for the whole family. Three and a half stars for Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

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