Film Friday #150

Antiviral

In a dystopian future where devoted fans pay to be injected with the diseases of their most beloved celebrities, technician Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) makes a bit of extra cash by smuggling diseases out of the lab he works in in his own body and selling them on the black market. When superstar client, Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon) dies from her latest infection, Syd must try to figure out how the virus killed her in order to save himself. This is a bit of a weird one. The concept of a culture so obsessed with celebrity that it wants to wear its cold sores seems deeply relevant and Jones’ performance is mesmerising. However, so many parts of the story just don’t make sense because they’ve been underdeveloped in favour of creating a genuinely skin-crawling body horror experience absolutely flooded in blood. It’s no surprise that writer-director, Brandon Cronenberg is the son of body horror master David Cronenberg and while Antiviral falls short of the mark in several ways I would be surprised if Cronenberg brings us something special in the future. 2.5/5

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Finally the cure for gingerism!

Sky High

No this is not a movie about drugs (boo), it’s about a high school for the children of super heroes (yay… except not really). Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) is the son of The Commander – sounds like a dildo – (Kurt Russell) and Jetstream (Kelly Preston), the two most well-known Superheroes out there. As Will’s powers haven’t come in yet, he and his pacifist best friend, Layla (Danielle Panabaker), are sorted into Sidekick classes along with a collection of misfits and losers with weird and seemingly useless powers. Bullied by the hero kids and looked down on by society in general sidekicks are the lowest of the low but Will fits in and makes friends… until… his powers come in and he is reassigned to hero classes. Soon he is dating a senior, hanging with the popular kids and just not being true to himself, gosh darnit! Of course things go wrong and of course Will learns his lesson. It’s all very Disney and very tedious but what is most pathetic about this heavy handed family-morals-and-shit tween film is that it attempts to borrow from Harry Potter but without any of the charm. You can’t polish a turd. 1/5

Hey baby... wanna touch "The Commander"?

Hey baby… wanna touch “The Commander”?

Rachel Getting Married

Former model, Kym (Anne Hathaway), returns to her home town after her most recent stint in rehab to attend her older (and considerably more stable) sister, Rachel’s (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding to musician, Sidney (the lovely Tunde Adebimpe from TV on The Radio). Unsurprisingly Kym sticks out like a sore thumb drawing attention to herself, including the smothering concerns of her father, Paul (Bill Irwin). As the preparations, for what must be the funkiest unorthodox wedding I have ever seen on screen or in real life, unfold past family issues rear their heads leading to one climactic scene where both sisters confront their parents and each other. Hathaway puts in a good performance as the damaged and defensive Kym but this film is really quite uneven in tone, which makes it a jarring watch. 3/5

Should have brought my nit comb


Should have brought my nit comb

Celeste and Jesse Forever
Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) have been best friends forever and together since high school… And now that they’re getting divorced they’re determined not to let it ruin their friendship. As a successful career woman, Celeste has always seen herself as the more stable and arguably superior (in her eyes) half of the relationship, taking Jesse’s loyalty and dependence on her as a given. But as Jesse meets someone else and starts to shine Celeste has to face some home truths about herself and the fact that her breaking up with Jesse might be the best thing that’s ever happened to him. I found this unusual dramedy touching and quite modern in its approach to romance without becoming cynical. Jones shines as the frustratingly self unaware Celeste, while Samberg shakes off his goofball comedy past. 3.5

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It was hard to tell who was winning the cum face face-off

6 Comments

  1. HOW CAN YOU GIVE ANTISHIT A HIGHER RATING THAN SKY HIGH? I don’t know how we’re friends…

    1. Abbi

      Antiviral featured an outstanding performance despite some relatively big flaws. You agreed with me on that when we were watching it, missy. Sky High was just lame lame and more lame.

  2. Great post, I agree about Rachel Getting Married. Hathaway is great but the tone is uneven.

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! I really felt that the first half and the second half didn’t match up. It starts relatively light-hearted and then it got extremely dark very fast.

  3. Don’t know Celeste & Jesse but that one & Rachel Getting Married sound ok. Aww – I don’t remember Sky High being THAT bad. But I don’t remember it much. 😉 The other one sounds like a major disappointment but I’d be interested for the Cronenberg connection. Nice reviews. 🙂 Too bad it sounds like a disappointing week movie-wise. (I won’t comment on the cum face face-off. Oops – just did kind of. Lol!)

    1. Abbi

      Yeah, it wasn’t the best week. I think you might like Celeste and Jesse and Rachel Getting Married was really good too. I am probably not the ideal audience for Sky High to be fair. It seems there were quite a lot of people who loved Antiviral, so I wouldn’t right it off, it was just a little bit too loose on the story for my liking. (I won’t say anything about your comment on the cum face face-off. Oops, just kind of did ;))

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