J Law’s home renovation from hell
With imagery that your mind may well dwell,
Love or hate it – maybe true,
Tries too hard to please few,
Controversy is this film’s only sell.
George and Harold: cheeky pranksters (it’s in their genes).
Crabby Krupp wants to catch them by any means.
It drags at times, but at its best
When subversive jokes are expressed.
I’d certainly have welcomed some more Edith scenes.
While twin sister Amy’s career’s really soaring,
Polly’s in a work rut, and her daily life’s boring.
She hopes things can flip.
Cue: her ill-advised trip.
Some terrific jokes had me absolutely roaring.
Seal taking on every gig. Oh, his hubris: ‘How can I lose?’
Not much under the hood here, as we follow each deal & schmooze …
(Hiding out; night in a cell;
In cahoots with gov and cartel)
… But it’s entertaining, thanks to the reliably charismatic Cruise.
As this ‘based on a true …’ story is told,
It’s a big-hearted joy to behold.
Family pressure to wed,
An existential health dread,
And an abundance of comedy gold.
As before: big laughs, majestic scenery, lots to eat.
New: added melancholy for Steve (kept discreet).
Highlight: the guys out-swaggering
Each other when Jagger-ing.
Only letdown: dubious end scene (an odd conceit).
Some intermittent laughs here, but not enough to sustain
Its feature length – so it feels the strain
Of many lulls and bumps.
And like that corpse it slumps.
Cast members bring some charisma, but it’s weak in the main.
Unlucky thirteen, so Anne coerces Maria to pass
As a member of the Spanish noble class.
De Palma’s work here is fearless.
Fab Collette’s nostril-flaring: peerless.
Much fun to be had. Oh, the dinner table farce!
A Syrian asylum seeker in Finland rolls the dice …
Should he stay on, or will he pay a price?
Khaled’s backstory: it’s most tragic.
There’s some dry humour that’s magic
(And a preposterous ratio of wasabi-to-rice).
Relentless look at unwell Ingrid and her staging
Of desperate acts designed to promote engaging
(Like a stalker) with the anointed.
I was left disappointed …
A painful-to-watch lead. The predictability: enraging.