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Wonder (2017)


Wonder (2017)

I think you have to be in the right mood to watch this kind of movie.  You know that you are going to feel bad for the main character.  In a way, you feel their pain, so to speak.  It’s the kind of story that makes you appreciate your life more because you realize that no matter how hard you may feel like you have it sometimes, there is always someone out there that has it way worse.  This I could grasp just from watching the trailer.

Wonder is about a previously homeschooled boy with a facial disfigurement who faces the challenge of going to a normal school for the first time.

You have to prepare yourself mentally to watch this movie, because you know it is not going to be fun, exciting entertainment.  It is going to be blunt and in your face honest.  It is going to evoke emotion and make you think.  It is not necessarily an escape from the outside world, like most films are.  Instead, it is more of a reminder of what things are really like.  That makes this a solid movie because it is more real.

The movie was directed by Stephen Chbosky and the noteworthy cast includes Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Jupe, Bryce Gheisar, Elle Mckinnon, Daveed Diggs, Ty Consiglio, and Danielle Rose Russell.

The story of Wonder was told in chapters.  Each chapter is a different characters perspective.  I like that because it allows you to get into the mind of each character in a way that you otherwise might not be able to.  It makes the storytelling more interesting

For those of you who have ever been an outcast, this film is for you.  Childhood is hard.  School is harder.  Now, imagine that your face is deformed.  Kids are mean.

Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts played their parts well as loving parents.

Jacob Tremblay did a wonderful job as the boy with a disfigured face.  He is pretty talented for only being 10 years old when this movie was being made.  This kid is only 11 years old and has already been in 8 films and has 3 more on deck.

The movie is pretty predictable at times, but it does tug at the heartstrings.  The film is rated PG, so it is a pretty wholesome and clean movie.  A nice one to watch with the family.  It is a warm-hearted movie about how the struggles of life bring us closer together when we overcome adversity.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

The Cure (1995)

Rudy (1993)

Stand By Me (1986)

The Man Without a Face (1993)

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The Internship (2013)


The Internship Poster

The Internship (2013)

 

The Internship pairs Vince Vaughn with Owen Wilson again for the first time since Wedding Crashers (2005).  Why is this relevant?  It is relevant because Wedding Crashers grossed over $285,000,000 worldwide and was a huge success and a hilarious movie.  Filmmakers hoped that Vaughn and Wilson together again in the same film would help them to repeat their previous success.  It has already been 8 years since the release of Wedding Crashers.

I think that a movie like The Internship would have been a much bigger hit if it had been made 5 or 6 years ago when the main characters were still in their prime.  As it turns out, The Internship lost money.

My gut feeling before watching this movie was that it was going to be a big disappointment.  It looked funny, but not very.

The Internship Wilson Vaughn Computer

The film is a comedy about two best friends (Vaughn and Wilson) who lose their jobs as salesman.  They manage to get internship positions at Google, but they are forced to compete against younger, much more qualified computer nerds for a chance at employment.

The movie was written by Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern and directed by Shawn Levy.  The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Max Minghella, John Goodman, Josh Gad, Rob Riggle, Will Ferrell, B.J. Novak, Gary Anthony Williams, and Tiya Sircar.

The Intership Wilson Vaughn Hats

Vaughn and Wilson showed a similar comedic chemistry to what they had in Wedding Crashers, except that they were not as funny as they could have been.

I think that the PG-13 rating was what ruined this movie.  Wilson and Vaughn do better in movies where they are allowed to get away with more craziness and crudeness.  Vaughn is fast-talking and witty and he is a lot funnier and thrives when his dialogue is not limited.  Wilson responds to Vaughn’s wittiness with his own charm, but if Vaughn is not allowed to be funny then it makes their banter incomplete.  The filmmakers tried too hard to reach a wider audience with the PG-13 rating, but ultimately this sacrificed too many laughs and the result was bone dry humor.

The movie is very formulaic.  It is very predictable.  It’s funny, but mostly stupid funny.  Some of the dialogue is clever, but some is also pretty cheesy.  Sometimes it’s wholesome and sometimes it’s cheap.  The Internship is entertaining enough as long as your expectations aren’t too high.

The Intership Wilson Vaughn Fist Bump

The film was a cross between Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) and Old School (2003) without the raunchiness and the big laughs.  It’s a good time that you don’t have to think about too much.  For Vaughn and Wilson, this movie is a step down and a step back from the comedies that we are used to seeing them in.

I rate this movie a 6 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

Trailer for The Internship (2013)


The Internship cover

The Internship (2013) (Click on the title for my full review.)

 

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are teamed up again for the first time since Wedding Crashers (2005).  If The Internship is anything like Wedding Crashers, then we are definitely in for a show.  I think that the filmmakers are counting on audiences to think the same thing.

The movie looks like it might be good for a few laughs, but I just have a gut feeling that audiences are going to be disappointed.  It looks funny, but not very.

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play two friends who lose their jobs and manage to get internship positions at Google in hopes of eventually getting a job with Google.

I’m a big fan of the comedy duo, but they probably should have tried to make a movie like this together 5 or 6 years ago when they were still more in their prime.

Either way, the film is basically guaranteed to make a lot of money, at least in the first few weeks after it is released.

Yeah, I’ll probably see it and hopefully I’m wrong about my gut feeling.  What are your thoughts?

The Movie is directed by Shawn Levy and some recognizable supporting cast includes John Goodman, Rose Byrne, B.J. Novak, Max Minghella, and Aasif Mandvi.

The movie is set to release on 6/7/13.