Being a 24-year fan of professional wrestling, there was no way I wasn’t watching this film. For those who aren’t in the know when it comes to the world of rasslin’, Saraya-Jade Bevis, who is known in WWE by her ring name Paige, was essentially a child prodigy in the industry. Paige was an underground wrestling sensation as a teenager as her family ran a wrestling show and she was featured prominently. In 2011, she received her big break with the WWE at the age of 18. A few years later she became the youngest women’s champion in the company’s history and it looked like the sky was the limit.
2017’s Happy Death Day was a smash hit by all metrics. An entertaining horror comedy for audiences and critics alike scored a 125 Million dollar on a throwaway budget of 5 million dollars. So with little risk and such a big reward, why not take a chance on a sequel? Well, if you loved the first movie, there isn’t anything to dislike about Happy Death Day 2U.
The Dayton 500 is right around the corner so what better way to celebrate the racing season than with a racing movie…from China. Despite the fact that this film is advertised as a comedy, don’t expect a Talladega Nights film or else you will be very disappointed. Pegasus isn’t a film about laughs but a film about redemption.
Nels Coxman’s quiet life as a snowplow driver comes crashing down when his beloved son dies under mysterious circumstances. His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge against a psychotic drug lord named Viking and his sleazy henchmen. Transformed from upstanding citizen to coldblooded vigilante, Coxman unwittingly sets off a chain of events that includes a kidnapping, a series of deadly misunderstandings and a turf war between Viking and a rival boss.
There are three very important questions to ask when discussing this film. Who the hell asked for a gender-flipping remake of What Women Want? Who the hell thought this was a good idea? and Who the hell thought this film EVER needed to be 2 hours long?
What Hollywood doesn’t understand is that while the film was successful, the novelty of it doesn’t exactly have a long shelf live. In 2017, I said that “You can only make so many ‘wink wink nudge nudge’ jokes before eventually, you will have no choice but to carry your own story and the plot begins to become more complicated than it needs to be”…Enter The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
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.