Weekly Movie Roundup #2

The Hustle (2019)

I did not know this film existed until I stumbled across it on Netflix this week and I saw the cast which was the main thing that lured me in. Anne Hathaway is more often than not enjoyable to watch and she’s so diverse that she can star in emotional masterpieces such as Les Miserables and fun comedies like The Intern. Joining her at the helm of this project was Rebel Wilson who I find hilarious for the most part and usually her movies are just an enjoyable watch where I can just sit back and relax and not have to think too much and that was exactly what I was looking for. The Hustle was just your routine run of the mill take of oneupmanship between conwomen from different walks of life who meet by chance. While the plot was rather oblivious but the comedy was good and really well delivered from both Hathaway and Wilson as well as the supporting group of actors and actresses. There’s a lot of really bad reviews on IMDb for this movie but I’m not sure what everybody expects as it’s just a silly comedy which delivered a lot of laughs and I couldn’t ask for much more than that.

7/10

Steel Magnolias (1989)

I feel that Steel Magnolias is considered to be a classic movie to come out of the eighties and with a stellar cast which featured Sally Field, Julia Roberts and Daryl Hannah among others I was excited to check it out. Firstly, I’m not sure what it is about the southern accent in America but it just oozes charm and warmth and while the south sometimes gets a bit of a bad rep at times, Steel Magnolias does a great job at highlighting the southern hospitality and sense of community and togetherness. Julia Roberts was great as I’ve come to expect as was Sally Field who played her on screen mother and they shared some really good chemistry together. However the star of the show and easily the best character and performance came from Olympia Dukakis. She was brilliant and provided a large portion of the humour with her quick witted nature and snappy one liners. The bond her and Shirley MacLaine’s character shared was brilliant as the foundations were built out of love but there was a lot of teasing and silliness too. I didn’t really see the point of Daryl Hannah’s character as she wasn’t part of the community in the beginning, a mere outsider who could’ve quite easily been removed from the equation and the movie wouldn’t deter from it’s path besides the last handful of scenes where she was thrust as the lead character. Her character also went through a number of transitions as the story cut into the future but there were no explanations to say what caused these major changes of character, they just kind of happened and we were made to accept the fact. A quick little mention too for Tom Skerritt who played Julia Roberts’ father as during the opening sequence he was the highlight with his craziness.

8/10

A quiet week this week but thank you for reading and I will catch you next time.

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