Just in time for my local theatre to open up again, and on Mother’s Day weekend no less, we had two new major releases this weekend with a new Guy Ritchie action flick in Wrath Of Man and a rare for these days new Billy Crystal comedy, Here Today. A bit perplexing these are what studios decided were films to release on Mother’s Day weekend given none of them touch on mothers or seem like “chick flicks”.
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
- Reminder: Reviews For These Films Can Change Over Time And Will Be Reflected Over At Our Letterboxd
With all that out of the way, lets get to the reviews already...
- The Plot: H is a cold and mysterious character working at a cash truck company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week.
- The Review: I’m personally pretty hit and miss when it comes to Guy Ritchie projects. Sometimes he delivers incredibly fun movies that I end up enjoying the hell out of such as recent films like the Aladdin live action remake or last year’s The Gentlemen. But he also delivers really drab stuff like his take on the King Arthur legend. That said Ritchie was on a roll of late and I was hoping this would continue that. While I can’t say I outright hated it, I will say I left disappointed and feeling like he just delivered this to us without any personality to it such as past films of his (even the bad ones) have.
There’s a pretty impressive cast in this anchored by Jason Statham in the lead role and they all deliver commendable performances. The directing itself is fine too. The big problem comes from how generic this feels. I would have never known this was a Ritchie film if I saw it blind washout any knowledge. I might even think it was a straight to Amazon or Netflix action flick. Granted it can play down to earth and brutal and it does feel like Ritchie is going for a tone he’s not tried much of yet but to follow something as quirky as The Gentlemen with this just feels…off.
Overall I would not recommend you waste time and money to see this on the big screen but I think its an okay enough forgettable time wasting action flick to rent on a boring Friday movie night when it comes to home media. C+ for WRATH OF MAN. Ritchie forgot to add personality to what will likely go down as one of his lesser films.
- The Plot: Veteran comedy writer Charlie Berns, who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality, befriends a talented young New York street singer Emma Payge. Together, they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.
- The Review: I kinda’ feel bad not being too crazy about this movie given that this is a passion project for Crystal who we barely get to see in movies anymore and clearly had good intentions with this one. Not to mention that Tiffany Haddish shows just a little more depth here with her acting even if the material she’s given isn’t necessarily Oscar breakout material. But all in all, this felt more like something meant for Hallmark than a theatrical release.
And it seems plenty of major studios agreed with that because this movie was made way back in 2019 and struggled to get a distributor since until finally small fish Stage 6 Films agreed to get it out there without a major player backing them.
Again like with a release from a few weeks back in Senior Moment, this has good intentions and touching characters. But where as that film seem to punch above its weight a little, this one feels like a potential idea for a really special movie that ends up kind of a meh forgettable comedic drama that we’ll never associate these two funny talents with when we assess their legacies. Again if this shows up on TV or on a streaming service withouth any extra costs, I’d say go ahead and kill some time with it if you really wanna see this pairing work together. But in no way is this something that should have been on the big screen. C- for HERE TODAY. Not the worst thing I’ve seen, but definitely not something that should be getting a theatrical run.