Hi folks and welcome to the The Friday Film Club where both myself and Elwood will be highlighting a film which we feel is worth checking out. At the same time we would love to hear your own selections whether you’re choosing to just name them in the comments section or join us in arguing the case for your film on your blog, let us know and we will share it below.
Kim’s Pick – A Simple Favor (2018)
Based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell, A Simple Favor is a dark comedy thriller about a mommy vlogger who befriends one of the other moms who ends up mysteriously disappearing after asking her to pick her son after school. Using the power of her followers and as a form of journal, she tries to track down her friend and eventually find out what happened to her.
Starring in the main roles as the mommy vlogger Stephanie is Anna Kendrick while her elegant friend Emily is portrayed by Blake Lively. A lot of the charm of the movie is how it is executed as a fluctuation between the past interactions and the context of their friendship and how their conversations expose their characters, especially that of Stephanie, both having elements that break out of how they are perceived by the people around them while contrasting it with the present search after her disappearance and eventual death which leads to Stephanie trying to figure out what happened while being caught up in it herself.
Anna Kendrick has always been quite a flexible character as she started off in Pitch Perfect and takes up comedic roles like Mr. Right and now, this one takes it one step further as she catches those dark comedy points really great especially in her dialogue which brings in a bit of embarrassment and unexpected elements that brings out some laugh but still keeps the movie fairly suspenseful. Blake Lively’s Emily is a blunt character, not the conventional polite mom but a powerhouse elegant girl who says what comes to mind and feels secretive but also manipulative which makes her disappearance feel not unexpected but rather more of a mystery of what secrets she is hiding.
A Simple Favor has the same feeling and tells the kind of story like Gone Girl but perhaps a different angle as it takes a more dark comedy angle while the other is more of a pure thriller. The twist and the story/script all work pretty well as it watches a character feel like she is a naive small town girl just trying to do the best mom she can be even though in reality, both female characters are really not as perfect as they seem to be whether in their perspectives or the people around them. Not to mention that it has a lovely soundtrack. Its not exactly very complex but it has a good balance between having a decent twist and mystery to fulfill the thriller element while also delivering some great dark comedy. A Simple Favor is simply entertaining and fun.
Elwood’s Pick – Project A (1983)
After failing to crack Hollywood with the likes of Cannonball Run and Battle Creek Brawl Jackie Chan returned to Hong Kong to team up fellow lucky stars Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao for a real return to form with this film kicking off a string of his most classic movies including Police Story and Wheels on Meals.
Here Chan plays Sergeant Dragon Ma a member of the Hong Kong navy tasked with battling the local pirate menace at the turn of the 20th century while also clashing with the local police force as part of an interservice rivalry which also helps provide the film with one of it’s best set pieces as the Navy and Police forces clash in a high energy brawl, which really showcases the creative approach to fight scenes that Chan takes while also taking on directing duties here allows him the kind of creative freedom he needed for his work to shine.
Once more Chan plays the every man kind of hero while the plot is paper thin at best with Sammo Hung’s professional thief just appearing rather than getting any kind of proper introduction. The plot however is really just a way of linking the memorable action sequences together of which this film is certainly not lacking.
A film best remembered for the clock tower hang, itself an homage to the classic Harold Lloyd film Safety Last and a stunt which sees Chan falling through multiple canopies before landing on his head a stunt he did not once but twice as highlighted in the end credit bloopers. Outside of this memorable set piece the action is fast and creative with all three stars getting to showcase thier individual talents while the bicycle chase see’s Chan at his creative best.
Sure the plot might be a mess but like the best Chan movies you don’t come for the plot but instead for the action, spectacular stunts and the pure awe of how this man is still alive.
So you’ve seen our picks for this week’s double feature but what are your movie watching plans this weekend?
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