Captures the state of civil rights during the late 1960s and provides color and shading to a character whom history associates with Black Hatred.
Works best when viewed within the larger context of how moviemaking shifted during the 1950s and 1960s than as a stand-alone motion picture.
Despite the whiff of “Oscar bait” surrounding the production, it’s a well-made, affecting tale about do-gooders who do good rather than merely muddying the waters.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-12-13
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Alex Wolff, Colin Hanks, Nick Jonas, Rory McCann
Feels a little too much like a money grab and, although moderately entertaining on a popcorn level, there’s a sense of missed opportunity.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Thematic Elements, Profanity)
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant, Archie Yates
Falls afoul of tonal inconsistencies which can be especially detrimental in a story with its roots so deeply embedded in an abhorrent historical episode.
Although it may be difficult to “like” this film in a conventional sense, it offers a powerful and unforgettable experience that few will find easy to shake.
It’s an all-in performance, with Zellweger doing more than merely mimicking Garland.
There’s a point at which the “more of the same” mantra changes to “been there, done that.”
A story as remarkable as that of J.T. LeRoy deserves a more compelling rendition than the one presented in Justin Kelly’s interpretation.