January 2019 – Review Roundup

The Front Runner

Directed by: Jason Reitman
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton

Despite a solid performance from Hugh Jackman, and JK Simmons proving once again that he is the best supporting actor out there, The Front Runner fails to leave a lasting impression. Presenting both the press and politicians with equal moral gray area means the film fails to take a firm enough stance on either. For a film that in many ways is very relevant to today, it fails to fully tap into the strained relations between media and politics that would’ve made for a much more engaging film. Essentially this film feels like a missed opportunity and given the talent in front of and behind the camera, it should’ve been better.

Welcome to Marwen

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Merritt Weaver, Janelle Monae

Despite Welcome to Marwen’s nagging insistence that its intentions are good, the result is in fact a terribly misguided film with a completely unjustified sense of self-importance. Failing to address and distinguish between eccentricities and perversion, the film ends up being an utter shambles, whose treatment of women ends up being thoroughly reprehensible; a throwaway line at the end about women being the world’s saviours does not make up for everything that precedes. An obvious comparison piece would be Downsizing, and Welcome to Marwen unfortunately also shares that film’s horribly written script and baffling pacing. Avoid.

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