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Sunday
Mar152015

Unfinished Business- review

 “Unfinished Business” (2015)

Directed by Ken Scott

Starring  Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson

Running Time 91 Minutes, Rated R.

2 Mitch’s out of 5

Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com

 

I keep rooting for the super dry, super ranter Vince Vaughn to have a comeback film because simply put, he makes me laugh and he makes me care. Maybe it was my fondness that clouded my judgement into thinking that the trailer for his latest film “Unfinished Business” looked like a pretty good time at the theater.  The film was not a good time, rather, an unfocused mess that can’t handle its unnecessarily heavy load, and even though I could see Vaughn trying his darndest, there just wasn’t nearly enough laughs to approve of.

Vaughn plays Dan Trunkman, a businessman who is tired of the dog eat dog mentality that his boss Chuck (Sienna Miller) enlists, and so he quits to start up his own company.  His only two employees are Timothy McWinters (Tom Wilkinson), who was let go for being too old and the very young Mike Pancake (Dave Franco), whose only sales experience is selling shoes at Foot Locker.  After a year of holding their meetings at the local Dunkin Donuts the team finally gets close to their big break by landing a big account lead by Jim Spinch (James Marsden) and his right hand man Bill Whimsley (the loveable Nick Frost).  Just when they Dan and team think they're about to get the coveted “handshake” to seal the deal, Chuck’s bigger and shinier firms turns up and risks taking over.

 

Ken Scott, director of Vaughn’s previous dud “Delivery Man” alongside “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” writer Steve Conrad have way too many Keebler elves in the treehouse.  Dan is not only keeping his financial woes from his wife, his children have serious bullying issues, he has an ongoing grudge with Chuck and a new one starting with Marsden’s underdeveloped Jim.  Add all of Timothy’s woes, Mike’s new experiences, and an ongoing homework assignment that Dan is trying to finish for his daughter meant to be the connecting voice over threadwork of the film, and you can see that Scott and Conrad are pushing the sentiment, which is great, but the ineffectiveness lets the story get more and more muddled.    

There are some pretty decent jokes that do land very successfully.  The German setting provides for the film’s best joke as the only room Dan could find is the one that’s held in a museum where there are no curtains so that the German people and their unique artistic tastes can observe his every move.  Titled ‘American Business Man 42’, Dan becomes a viral sensation.  The main problem laughs wise was that the supporting characters Tim and Mike are wholly unfunny.  Wilkinson is one of my faves, but his Timothy is way too sad of an old man to be funny as his lifelong dream is to divorce his wife.  Even worse is Franco’s moronic Mike, who isn’t point blank called out as mentally disabled, but we’re seriously lead to believe he is of that condition which makes it pretty hard to laugh at someone with that disability screaming and pointing out “buttcracks, two buttcracks!!”  It was downright offensive at points, and I gotta think that Franco will be up for a Razzie.  “Unfinished Business” will be bad business at the box office and I’ll just have to wait for Vaughn’s next film to be a hit.   

I’ll just have to wait for “this” next film to be a hit.

Colossians 3:23 

Saturday
Jan102015

Selma- review

 

"Selma" (2014)

Directed by Ava DuVernay

Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

Running Time 128 Minutes, Rated PG-13

4.5 Mitch’s out of 5

Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com

 

Palpable. Ava DuVernay‘s  grasp on to the importance of the situation, the movement, the history, and most importantly the hard fought righting of the heart breaking wrongs is keenly felt.  Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream faced so, so many nightmares but triumphantly made the way to bring the unencumbered vote to the black man and black woman helping provide progression in their deserved equality.  “Selma” tells the three month span in the life of the great but flawed man MLK Jr. who lead the movement into the heart of darkness and came out victorious.

With many a tear, I watched the hard fought battle of MLK. Jr., the black people, and anyone else who supported the cause risking everything to further mankind.  In 1965 in parts of the South, it was nearly impossible for the black individual to earn the right to vote. The southern elected officials and lawmen worked so hard to take away the black people’s American right to vote.  So many black lives were brutally taken by racist whites, and those cases never went to trial, but even if they did there was never a black person on the jury to give the decision fairness because you had to be a registered voter to serve on the jury, which of course the southern white official never granted to the black individual.  Therefore never being able to give a fair trial to the black individual, the “southern way’ according to Alabama's Governor George Wallace and the like minded.  

 

DuVernay shows great strength helping bring out not only the wonderful strengths of MLK. Jr. but also his flaws. She captures the cost of not only getting the march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama, but what it took to get there; not only the strategic sessions in church basements with King’s most trusted, but the price it paid on his family.  His personal woes with his wife Coretta (strongly played by Carmen Ejogo) give insight to his most personal tribulations.  I will say that what the story makes you privy to with the Kings, wholly encompassed by David Oyelowo’s stirring and magnetic performance, faults as a human only scratches skin deep; heartfelt is the weight of the crown MLK bears, but the insights of his adulterous ways are brushed past so that we can get back to his superpowers.  I’m not saying he should be put on the cross for his sins, much like the Old Testament’s David who we sing and praise about in the church today even though he had a man killed so that he could marry that persons wife, we must still cherish their achievements that were motivated by God’s likeness.  

“Selma” shows the struggles of the black man and woman fighting for equality through the leadership of a great man, MLK Jr.,  and it doesn’t let the battle go quietly.  “Selma” is one of the great films of 2014.  

Matthew 6:27