Another week passes by with smaller new major releases for the weekend and this time it comes in the form of the interesting and anticipated new Universal action comedy flick Nobody, and the smaller more independent film Senior Moment.
But first, a reminder of what my grading system for movies works like
- S Grade; 5.0 Stars: The Best Film I’ve Ever Seen, Everyone Has An S Graded Film
- A+/A- Grade; 4.0/4.5 Stars: One Of The Best Films Of The Year, If Not All-Time
- B+/B- Grade; 3.0/3.5 Stars: Worth A Trip To The Theatre For First Viewing
- C+/C- Grade; 2.0/2.5 Stars: Watch From Home For First Viewing
- D+/D- Grade; 1.0/1.5 Stars: Don’t Bother Watching This At All If You Can Help It
- F Grade; 0.5 Star: One Of The Worst Films Of All-Time
With all that out of the way, lets get to the review already...
- The Plot: Hutch Mansell, a suburban dad, overlooked husband, nothing neighbor — a “nobody.” When two thieves break into his home one night, Hutch’s unknown long-simmering rage is ignited and propels him on a brutal path that will uncover dark secrets he fought to leave behind.
- My Review: When it comes to this film I’m of two minds. One being if we really needed another “regular joe is actually a stone cold killer in his past life and must bring that part of him out again when so and so threatens his livelihood” movie. The other being that there’s always a place for a subgenre to have new additions to its libraries that can attempt new story beats and ideas that haven’t been tried before with an overdone premise. Thankfully, this is one movie that tends to have more of the latter than the former.
Unlike other films with this premise, this one actually gives us a protagonist who we can identify easier with given he has a very typical family home life, where as other movies like this the protagonist always seems to be a loner living in an expensive home. The family dynamic is incorporated pretty well into this film, making you buy into the threats to our protagonist’s newfound peaceful life when it comes. Furthermore the action sequences are really well done, almost as good as what you’d see in one of the JOHN WICK films, and Bob Odenkirk does a really good job threading between regular joe and badass hitman whenever he needs to switch gears.
The only dings I would throw at the film is that there are some questionable character motivations and actions and ultimately the movie does have its moments when it feels like its just another guy with a secret badass past life sort of movie, taking away feelings you’re watching anything that is mind blowing and new. That said overall you do get a fun, action packed film that will deliver where it needs to and I definitely can see this being a fun trip to the theatre to experience for yourself. Overall a film from an overused premise that manages to do enough new things with that premise and execute that premise well enough that I think its an overall decent and fun romp for any movie goer. B- for NOBODY. An early year treat for action movie fans.
- The Plot: Stripped of his driver’s license, a retired NASA pilot must not only battle with the DMV, he must find new ways to navigate love and life without his beloved vintage Porsche.
- My Review: I feel like this film has been a bit cursed. For one it was produced way back in 2017 before going into post-production Hell and having years of trouble finding a distributor, and obviously the pandemic didn’t help, only to finally get picked up by small studio Screen Media Films to be released on VOD and theatres this weekend - 4 years since the film was filmed! And tragically on top of that just as the film comes out this weekend, the lead actress in the movie, Jean Smart, had her husband pass putting a somber mood on any press regarding it. And the cherry on top? The movie is getting RAILED by critics and as of this writing is at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes!
I can see why critics are being so harsh towards it. William Shatner’s eccentric acting can come off a bit like he’s almost just being a parody of himself at certain moments in the film, there’s some odd side characters played by lesser actors and actresses that don’t deliver the greatest acting in the world, there’s a subplot or two that just gets dropped mid-way through the film including a character and her arc that completely vanishes after being important in the first act, and the film clearly had such a small budget and unfortunately it shows as you watch it. Not to mention some real mediocre writing at times in the screenplay, especially with Shatner’s best friend in the film played by Christopher Lloyd who frankly comes off like he’s just happy to be there for a paycheck and drunk while filming. By all intents and purposes this should be an easy D grade from me.
…and yet there is some redeeming stuff in it. Jean Smart is the best thing about this movie and every time she’s on screen it feels like she’s carrying the whole film on her back, Shatner for all of his faulty acting in this does bring some heart to it as it progresses, and there’s a subplot or two in this that actually seem to be attempting to elevate the film’s overall story. And I’ll be honest I chuckled in a few scenes. After a really dreadful first act the movie seemed to get its act together just a little bit more and actually could come off charming and “feel good” as it progressed every now and then.
Look I don’t recommend you waste six plus bucks on this to watch on VOD and certainly I don’t recommend a trip to the local theatre to see this, but as much as this film arguably deserves a D grade from me, I have to say there’s enough positives in it that I found myself actually caring to see how it would end. So yeah its a movie with many faults but in the future when it shows up on Netflix or on TV, etc I would honestly say its worth a one and done watch especially for the elderly crowd or just folks who are suckers for romantic comedies. I liked this more than the critics did even while admitting that I could see why they hated it more than I did. C- for SENIOR MOMENT. Its not particularly good, but honestly I’ve seen a lot worse.