TATM: Talkin’ About The Movies #274: Dunkirk & Girls Trip

DUNKIRK

****

Synopsis:

The evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Review:

Now it should surprise nobody that I like a good majority of the works of Christopher Nolan, I think he’s a great unique director who does a number of really great movies.

And Dunkirk is another really great movie….for the most part.

Where I think a lot of the movie works is in the cinematography and visual effects and most of the technical aspects. They do a really good job of making you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema does an excellent job of creating these intense and epic cinematic shots shown all over the movie. The visual effects are nicely done too using a lot of practical effects to create some of the intense action sequences all around. The sound work is dynamite, the explosions and gunfire sound so realistic that you really do feel like you are there, if this doesn’t win an Oscar for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing then I don’t know what will.

I liked the overall story structure and how they presented this story as a non-linear narrative and they do a good job keeping it simple to understand but taking a new approach to telling this tale.

The one thing about the film I really didn’t like was for the lack of interesting characters, the only character I really had any emotional investment towards was Mark Rylance. Everybody else, they weren’t written well enough for me to fully get invested in their stories, they had no personalities to them and it’s hard for me to be connected to any of these characters because I know nothing about them. The movie is just like “here’s our characters and…that’s all we’re gonna tell you.” That’s where the film really took me out of it was the lack of interesting characters.

Overall, I did really like Dunkirk, it’s not another Interstellar when the first half is excellent and the second half is utter shit, this movie maintains quality and excitement all around, if the characters were better written than I would’ve put this as one of the year’s best movies. As it stands now, Liked it a lot but didn’t love it a lot.

GIRLS TRIP

****

Synopsis:

The film’s plot follows the story of four lifelong friends on a long-overdue weekend getaway trip to New Orleans for the annual Essence Music Festival. Their sisterhood is rekindled and wild sides are rediscovered, with nights of partying, hook-ups and bad decisions, as well as raw and vulnerable moments that strengthen their bond.

Review:

So, I’ve gone off numerous times at how the trailers and the poster for this looked like absolute shit and….I still stick by those statements, the trailers and the poster for this made this look godawful. And on top of that, we’ve been in an R rated raunchy comedy downward spiral since last August, there is no way in hell that this movie could be any good, right? Right?

To answer that question, I only have to say this….Universal, please fire the marketing team that put those shitty trailers and posters out.

My god, Girls Trip was legitimately really friggin funny. I’m not even joking, this movie actually did make me laugh long and hard, much more than any other R rated comedy we have gotten since Sausage Party.

So, okay, what happened? Why was the marketing for this so terrible but the movie was actually good? What actually made the movie so good?

Well first off, the cast, I love the chemistry the cast had, you’ve got Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Tiffany Haddish, and these four just work off each other so well, they’re the thing that keeps this movie afloat and everybody gets their time to shine, especially Tiffany Haddish, who has a ton of the film’s funniest lines. I mean with Haddish in this and Lil Rel Howey having some of the funniest lines in Get Out, I guess people from The Carmichael Show have a bright future ahead of them in films.

The jokes in this were really funny, a lot of them from Haddish but also, the film was actually clever in how to do raunchy comedy because for the most part, they would do the raunchy comedy without going all the way with it, like there were clever little touches they did to have the raunchy comedy but without getting annoying with it.

The script, by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Olvier, does a good job of letting the story play out and not going for too many clichés at least in the first half of the movie, I will say that by the second half, we start to get a little too into cliché comedy territory but never to the point where it takes you out of the movie.

And once again, like with How To Be Single, the end of the movie actually embraces being single, which I’m glad to see more of these comedies doing.

I think the reason why the movie worked the best was because of its’ director, Malcolm D. Lee. He usually does a good job of letting the actors carry the film because of how well their chemistry and connections work, he’s made a lot of really great movies such as The Best Man movies, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Roll Bounce, Soul Men, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Undercover Brother, probably his only real stumble was Scary Movie 5 which I bet he was only brought on as a pay for play director.

But overall, Girls Trip was a lot more than fun that I think it had any right to be judging by the marketing, this is not only a really good comedy but it finally gets us out of that terrible R rated comedy downward spiral we’ve been stuck in. This is definitely well worth the watch, Girls Trip is one of the best R rated comedies of recent memory and it definitely deserves to be seen in theaters.

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