Good God! Have we had enough drama yet? I am so ready for things to calm down, as I’m sure you are. So… China! Yes. How about something completely different. Let’s see what’s happening in the home of Alibaba and Jack Ma!
This Chinese-American co-production doing roaring business in China features a Rush Hour hero (Jackie Chan) returning in an against-type action flick, directed by the guy who revived James Bond (Martin Campbell). That’s a pretty good set up right there, I’m sure you my esteemed audience will agree? Jackie plays the ultimate dangerous man: he’s Ngoc Minh Quan, who has nothing to lose, as he has no one left to love him. A London immigrant, he’s lost his daughter to Irish terrorist action. Suspecting that government agents may be involved, he goes on a one-man rampage to get to the bottom of the mystery. Pierce Brosnan is wonderful as a former IRA member-turned British official in Quan’s way. As this is not a mere actioneer, we get to know the Brit’s wife, his mistress, and in the process even begin to sympathize with him.
It’s almost shocking to see Jackie in a dark thriller with none of the comedy elements we’re so used to seeing alongside. But the flick more than makes up for it with brilliant stunt work—yes, Jackie does all his own stunts—and we get to see what a competent actor he really is. I’d say it’s worth the theater ticket. Here’s the trailer:
HAPPY DEATH DAY
Short version: it’s Groundhog Day slasher-style. Long version: Jessica Rothe as Teresa (Tree), a selfish sorority party biatch who, every day, wakes up in a dude’s dorm room, has a puzzling day, and then is murdered by hoodie-wearing a*hole in her sorority house, at her own surprise party. How will she get out of this loop? And will you be watching it? Well, there are worse ways to spend 1.5 hours. Plus this is a fun-filled romp with bits of Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Split tossed into a modern GroundHog Day, well-structured and with some nice twists. All in all, not bad! Here’s the trailer:
Chadwick Boseman does well with the script he was given for this portrayal of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall before he became the icon: passionate and committed, if a tad arrogant. In the 1941 Greenwich, CT case in which a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) was accused of raping his rich white employer (Kate Hudson), Marshall had to assist the assigned Jewish lawyer (Josh Gad). Oddly enough, director Reginald Hudlin has him be… sort of a jerk to the poor guy. That was just the beginning. I have to say, it’s strange seeing Marshall portrayed as a towering figure at the expense of others. I thought it an odd way to pay homage. Still, it’s an excellent performance from Boseman. The other bright spot is Kate Hudson, who shows an emotional range we definitely did not see in The Mountain Between Us, which as we all know by now was a two-hour ad for Idris Elba’s good looks. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s it for me! See you at the movies!