Double Review: Isn’t It Romantic & If Beale Street Could Talk

Another double review! You must think I am going insane with power. Cries in the street of outrage and disbelief! “Why is he doing this?!?,” some have maybe said. And I answer them with an “I do it because I enjoy this too much, that’s why!” Anyway, I know that I said back when I started that February was supposedly a slow month for movies. But apparently I lied, because I obviously saw two this past weekend (1 new release), and I am also set to see another two or three this coming week (triple review…???). Let me answer that thought with an easy no. Three is too much for one post, as I can guarantee you that nobody would commit to reading 900 of my words, let alone clicking the link to get here. But that’s not the point; the point is…..well, let’s just get to these two wildly different movies.
Isn’t It Romantic was not a movie I was planning on watching. Probably ever. Honestly, I didn’t even know what it was about before sitting down in the theatre. But I went, and I saw, because that’s what good husband’s do for their wife’s birthday! Really though, out of the many times she has suggested we see a certain movie either I haven’t heard of or didn’t want to see, I don’t think there is a single one which I have not enjoyed. Great track record. And this film, once again, falls into those tallies. I actually sorta liked this cheesy, cheesy romantic comedy. Extra cheese. Rebel Wilson is a rising star in her comedic roles, such as Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. But she proved me wrong here, being unsure if she could carry a film, as her biggest performances have been mostly secondary characters with a lot of funny one-liners. The movie was very predictable, but it also leaned into that predictability very heavily which made it kinda enjoyable. The jokes were well-timed, and her supporting cast (Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine) each had a part to play in making me laugh throughout the movie. And at only 88 minutes run-time, they don’t push the boundaries of a comedy taking too long to tell a story. That story being that she hits her head and spends most of the movie stuck in a rom-com coma-fantasy, trying to figure out how to wake up and get back to real life. I wouldn’t say I’m on the Rebel train quite yet, but she’s giving me more reasons to think twice about buying a ticket.
Moving onto the movie that I have talked about going to see for soooo long now and finally got my butt in a theatre for, If Beale Street Could Talk. I am thoroughly surprised that this movie didn’t make the cut for 2019 Best Picture nominees. It was really good. Set in the 1970’s, it tells a love story that is brushed over with heartache as a family fights for the release of their wrongfully convicted loved one. It is also the first big film for both Kiki Layne and Stephan James, who are just wonderful to watch. Fun fact: Although set in New Orleans, the film was shot in Harlem where Director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) lived for many years. But what surprised me most about this movie is that it is the first screen adaptation of a book of the same title that was written in the 1970’s, by James Baldwin. So if you haven’t seen this one yet, and I would recommend that you do, when you watch it just think that the author was writing about his time and the struggles that he witnessed those around him facing. And not to the same extent, but many people still struggle with the same problems and hardships today. The movie is beautifully directed and edited, and a true miss of the mark to not be nominated as one of the best pieces of cinematic art of this past year.
So, that’s the newest thoughts I have on movie’s still in theatres. If Beale Street Could Talk won’t be there for much longer, since the Oscars are this coming weekend, so go catch it if you can before then. Otherwise it will probably hit Redbox and Amazon Prime soon too. Thanks for committing to another double review, if you made it this far! Again, I do this because I enjoy doing this. And maybe you enjoy it too 🙂 Cheers!

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