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Week in Review: 5/7/17

Movies I Watched in the Last Week

1) Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie - My rating for this movie might be a little bit inflated.  If I'm being honest, it's probably more like a 3/5.  I can't help it.  I've got a soft spot for features like this - small, low-budget efforts where the talent is turning out good belly laughs even if the pacing and polish aren't there.  Jeff Garlin delivered a fine comedy that I can't honestly call a "laugh riot," but which I was happy to have seen.  It's like listening to a punk band play in a garage and going, "Holy shit, these guys are going places!"  Even if those guys happen to be in their fifties and they've already been to places way cooler than you'll ever know.  Still.  The point is, I dug it.

My Rating: 4 / 5

2) The Secret Life of Pets - I'm not the type of guy that shits on kids movies... ah who the fuck am I kidding, of course I am.  TSLoP is pretty blah.  I'll give credit to the studio for some good animation and to the casting director for assembling some excellent talents to keep the audio interesting.  The writers, on the other hand, need to go back and try again.  The pieces are there, sure - but the end product is so scrambled and uneven it barely feels like a complete movie.  Where's the mutual threat that brings the two oddball protagonists together as a team?  It's kinda there, I guess, but then it just becomes their friend by the thirty minute mark or so and everyone's just kinda hanging out and having adventures.  That's not a bad thing if you go with it, but you can't keep pretending you're doing an odd couple adventure comedy.

On the other hand, it's cute and it kept my kids entertained, so who am I to complain.

My Rating: 3 / 5


Total: 2 Movies

Minutes I Spent Writing in the Last Week

Nothing.

The Winner: Movies....

My day job is busy again.  Having two kids makes it hard to do stuff in the off-hours.  SS, DD.