Double Feature: Southpaw (2015) & Miss Sloane (2016)

Welcome to the next double feature. I rented Southpaw and Miss Sloane on discount on Play Store last month. Two very different films and two very different feelings about it however both heavily reliant on their main character.

Southpaw (2015)

Southpaw

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Oona Lawrence, 50 Cent, Naomie Harris

Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Wills to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services. – IMDB

If there is one word to describe Southpaw, it would be disappointing. It isn’t particularly a bad film as the performances were great. Rachel McAdams did great for what it was. Jake Gyllenhaal was fantastic and I absolutely love Forest Whitaker who is an underrated actor. The girl who played the daughter was Oona Lawrence and that arc was decent.

However, the flaw lies in the fact that Southpaw is pretty much another Rocky story in many instances and we already had Creed recently that was much more engaging. It didn’t help that Southpaw was a little too dramatic at parts but never made it feel very exciting to watch. Seeing the stellar cast being in this uninspired script truly was a lackluster experience.

Miss Sloane (2016)

miss sloane

Director: John Madden

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Alison Pill, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, John Lithgow, Jake Lacy

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price. – IMDB

Miss Sloane was a movie that I went in with no idea of what the premise is. I have heard good things about it and I have enjoyed Jessica Chastain. Miss Sloane is such a vibrant character wrapped up in a tough and ruthless shell. She is strong and strategic in all her plans and for all the reasons, it makes us wonder on what she has under her sleeve even in the most desperate of situations but it is what makes her compelling to watch.

Miss Sloane, just as the title implies, is truly based on Jessica Chastain and how she takes on the role and she did an outstanding job. As we navigate through her way of life and the little things, while she isn’t exactly a character you would cheer for because of her lack of ethics and morals in some of her decisions, every part whether planned or not comes into play and that gives full credit for the screenwriters doing a fine job at giving it a good pacing that keeps everything moving and finding a balance to learn just enough about Miss Sloane and keeping enough to make everything make sense and surprise when it falls into place.

While Miss Sloane isn’t typically the movie that I would watch, I’m glad that I did because it was absolutely awesome. Gripping, compelling and full of twists and turns around every corner. This one is a must see.

Have you seen Southpaw and/or Miss Sloane?

Kick-Ass (2010)

With so many other movie bloggers being hyped up for Kick Ass 2 coming out this year, I felt a bit left out that I hadn’t even seen the first one. I needed to know what the deal was and get in on the fun before it was too late ūüėČ

kick ass posterDirector: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicholas Cage, Mark Strong, Lyndsey Fonseca, Michael Rispoli

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a normal student who does nothing special and is usually invisible to the girls at school. Being into comic books and superheroes, he wonders why no one has ever stepped up and tried to do what superheroes do and protect their society. ¬†With this in mind, he orders a green jumpsuit from the Internet and trains himself (the best he can) and eventually tries to defend his society. ¬†On his first attempt, he gets accidentally filmed and he becomes a hit under the alias of Kick-Ass. ¬†When he urges a girl he is interested at school, Katie (Lyndsey Fonseca) to ask Kick Ass for help to get rid of an annoying ex, on that mission, he ends up meeting Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) who requests for him to join them. ¬†In the process, some mafia leader Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) mistakes him to be part of a big scheme to derail their illegal activities and his son offers to disguise as another superhero called Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to help with their plan.

kick ass hit girl kickass

When I turned on Kick-Ass, I had no idea what it would be like. ¬†I hadn’t even seen the trailer. ¬†Back in 2010, I was still just getting back into the groove of the existence of TV, forget about movies. ¬†Honestly, it looks a bit corny and cheesy but at the same time, my main motivation was that Chloe Grace Moretz is awesome! If everything sucked, at least she would light up that screen. ¬†Unexpectedly, it was bloody, funny and silly, and plenty of stylish fun. ¬†It was somewhat of a weird combination from all the characters but it had a spark that really worked for it. ¬†There was a lot of cross over with comic style visually here and there and the way they filmed it was really attractive. ¬†I like this little flick a lot!

kick ass dave

If you had to define loser, this Dave character would definitely be it.  Even the costume he chooses and the luck he has is ridiculous.  However, something about the sweet victory of a normal everyday person having the heart to become something more without no actual reason makes me want to cheer for him and connect.  Thats what Dave has going on for him, even when we see him dig his own grave over and over again in his personal life or as Kick-Ass.  Its fun to see his character development as it changes into making this into something more meaningful and he finds his actual courage and strength.

kick ass hit girl big daddy

Hit Girl and Big Daddy played by Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicholas Cage respectively are father and daughter team and they are super kick ass. ¬†Like not Dave Kick Ass because Big Daddy is right when he says that, he should be called Ass Kicked compared to them. ¬†This team is phenomenal with a specific agenda that they know what they want to accomplish, well-planned and they are crazy great at everything. ¬†Their story is actually pretty good and it defines the means of why they do what they are doing. ¬†Its been a while I’ve seen Nicholas Cage teamed up with kids and there is a pretty good vibe between the characters.

kick ass red mist

What superhero movie is without their villain, right? Mark Strong plays the villain Mark D’Amico. ¬†He’s somewhat of a brutal and emotionally unstable man to me. ¬†He seems to try to contain himself and is immune to being harsh. ¬†Red Mist is his son and he recognizes his son’s potential as he is chooses to become Red Mist to lure out Kick-Ass. ¬†Frank D’Amico is a tough guy to beat, however, we all know Red Mist isn’t really that bad…he’s just being a son, right? Thats not a spoiler…I hope! (Its getting hard to stop myself from writing too much…)

Bottomline: I loved it! It was great to watch visually. ¬†The characters were great and there was a good development with each one. ¬†It was a bit predictable but the action and the fight scenes and the interaction between the characters was totally fantastic that I didn’t really feel like there was anything unenjoyable until I sat down and wrote this. ¬†Just little issues though and definitely worth a viewing! Maybe like me, you’ll want to go see Kick Ass 2 when it comes out!! ūüôā