2015 Movie Reviews: Straight Outta Retirement

This is another quick little double feature for two films that I couldn’t muster up the energy to write proper reviews for.

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Today, days after watching Straight Outta Compton, it finally occurred to me what the problem with this movie is: they should have just made a documentary. Seriously. Most of these people are still around and there’s a ton of news footage and interviews from the time depicted in the film. In fact, this movie probably would have won Best Documentary if they decided to go that route.

The only reason I can think of as to why they didn’t make this a documentary is that they wanted to exaggerate the facts. And that’s exactly what it feels like. This movie just can’t find its footing as it can’t decide if it wants to be a cold hearted look into racism, or simply racist. The characters act so stereotypically black, and at times they can be extremely rude.

I know I’m in the minority on this one, but I really didn’t like this movie. It was too long and seemed to offend it’s audience instead of getting a proper message across. If only this had actually been a documentary…

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window & Disappeared holds the record for the longest title for an Oscar Nominated film. I’ll start by saying that the makeup in the film is very good, and deserving of it’s nomination. The main actor was in his late 40’s when the film was shot, and luckily he manages to work with the makeup, putting in the proper body language to be believable as a 100-year-old man.

With that being said, the rest of the film didn’t entirely click for me. The films black comedy can be a real turn-off for a lot of viewers. You might have to have a very grim sense of humor (and a lot of suspension of disbelief) to laugh a lot here.

While I can’t say I ever laughed out loud during the film, I did smile a lot. And I was interested to see what was going to happen. This film managed to keep me entertained, but I don’t intend on ever watching this one again.

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