This week we watched Why Him? The movie stars James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, and many others. The story centers around Cranston's character learning to deal with his daughter's new boyfriend played by Franco.
The family travels to California to spend the holidays with their daughter and is surprised to learn that they will be staying at the boyfriend's expansive home instead of the hotel. From there, hilarity ensues. I enjoyed the movie overall and I laughed a lot.
Franco plays the role the way he plays everything. It's a slightly off-kilter version of himself that he portrays in every movie he's in. This is fine with me, I enjoy his work. I'll tell you now though, that if you don't like Franco, you'll probably be annoyed with this movie.
After all this time, there's still one thing that's bugging me about the daughter. She changed her parent's travel plans on a whim and failed to tell them. She lied about having a boyfriend, about how serious they were, decided to make all sorts of major life decisions…and then just expected that everyone kowtow to her and just be OK and accepting of it. She knows these things will upset her family and she simply doesn't care. She bats her eyelashes at her Dad and then gets upset when he needs time to process everything.
Thank goodness the movie was more about Franco and Cranston than it was about the daughter, otherwise I wouldn't have made it through. Despite that annoyance, I think it's worth a watch. It's a rainy day movie.
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Evil Dead. Man oh man, I am glad to be done with these movies. We are wrapping up our summer series this week in which we’ve reviewed the Evil Dead series including Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, and this week’s episode, the remake from 2013. This was my third time seeing the recent version of this movie and I was already disillusioned with it. There’s only so many times that I can see the same blood and gore.
I don’t typically enjoy horror movies as a genre. I’ve never understood the appeal of it. There have been plenty of incredibly campy ones that I’ve been able to laugh at (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) and even the original Evil Dead movies. This remake was different. I could find no camp. Just creepiness and a whole lot of blood. A metric ton of blood. Cabin in the Woods blood coated walls level madness. The chainsaw is back, the familiar tropes are back, the cabin in the woods is back. The differences in this one make it unique. The main premise is that these people have all gathered in this cabin to help a girl so through her withdrawals. There’s a sad backstory that gets glossed over and a lot of “no don’t do that” happening. The acting is relatively decent here, there are a few TV actors you may recognize.
Overall it’s creepy and gory and an incredibly good remake of the original. That likely had a lot to do with the original producers coming back for this round. I’ll be alright if I never see another one of these movies though.
The podcast covers all this and much much more. The entire team sat down to discuss our thoughts on the subject. Take a listen and let us know what you think.