Critics have a hard enough time these days maintaining credibility in the face of being called shills for certain studios or even being criticized for being the wrong race and gender to review a movie in the first place. Fair or unfair, it is a bad look for the industry to turn into attack dogs that serve push the agenda of ideologues and I’m saying this as an openly biased critic. Is The Upside a great film? No, but it is a very good one but if you are waiting for mainstream critics to tell you that, you may be dealing with people who decided to sink the movie before it ever had a chance.
The upcoming film, The Upside, has had an uphill battle from day one. The film that was shot and released at the Toronto Film Festival 2 years ago, has been held up due to the Harvey Weinstein Hollywood sex scandal. Co-star Kevin Hart is currently under fire for homophobic jokes made nearly a decade ago and now the film’s other co-star Bryan Cranston is under fire for playing a quadriplegic because he is allegedly taking a role away from disabled people.
The core of this story is grief over the loss of a loved one and while the film captures the emotional pain of past choice, it doesn’t quite have the impact to be as memorable as they were hoping. With that said Amazon Studios is building a solid catalog of films as Last Flag Flying is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
Will Power Rangers fans enjoyed this film? Probably not, you’ll spend all your time nitpicking things that aren’t like the original series. Will your average moviegoers like this film? Honestly, yes. This is not a great movie by any stretch, but it is watchable and its better than the 1995 counterpart which wasn’t a hard task to complete. I’m very indifferent toward Power Rangers at this point. I can’t be too positive or too negative one way or another, but if this film gets anything right, is it that you are really going to want some donuts when this is all over
If you love biopics then you will be entertained and if you’re looking to duck Ghostbusters this weekend, then this is a solid choice as an alternative.