Movies reviewed this week: Mother’s Day, Green Room, Midnight Special, The man who knew infinity, Baaghi: A rebel for love
Casting actresses with as much star power as Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson, you’d expect Mother’s Day to be nothing short of a blockbuster.
However, the movie begs us to ask veteran filmmaker Garry Marshall: what were you thinking? The 81-year-old Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride director is clearly pushing all the wrong buttons here.
Seeking to lift the lid on the joys of motherhood, one wonders if it is somehow a trend that American mothers aren’t qualified to take up. How so? At one point, Sandy (Aniston) is seen taking life advice from a clown!
America’s seemingly favourite dad, Jason Sudeikis plays Bradley, a single dad bringing up two daughters. Here, he faces the wrath of his teenage daughter who is looking to break free from what she sees as his over-protective clutches.
Jason’s skills as a parent are cringe-worthy. However, Julia Roberts outdoes him in the cringeworthy stakes. Her attire – an ill-fitting wig, fake jewellery and a collection of beige sweaters, could be construed as comical.
Elsewhere, there is barmaid Kristin (Britt Robertson) whose unconventional take on motherhood is quite perplexing.
Finding the positives in Mother’s Day is quite hard. The plot is disjointed, the acting is begrudging and there’s a general feeling of dissatisfaction with parenthood among the mothers.
Stay away from Mother’s Day and keep your mum away from it, even if she has low expectations from films such as this.
Review by Alvin Thomas
Green Room could very well be this year’s hottest horror-thriller. It certainly doesn’t disappoint. A young punk rock band, The Ain’t Rights, are under the cosh from sinister club owner Darcy Banker (Patrick Stewart) and his band of henchmen after a mix-up that led to the group witnessing a murder backstage. A must-see for thriller fans.
Alton Meyer (Jaeden Lieberher) is a boy with superpowers. However, the boy’s abilities mean he has already garnered a cult following. He has also attracted the attention of the US government, which is out to discover just exactly how he came by those exceptional powers. All the unwanted attention forces his father Roy (Michael Shannon) and his son to become fugitives from both formidable movements, with consequences along the way.
Baaghi, or rebel, as it roughly translates in Urdu, revolves around the life of martial arts expert Ronnie (Tiger Shroff), who is trying to find damsel-in-distress Sia (Shraddha Kapoor). The story throws light on the long-lost love of two “rebels”, rekindled when Sia is kidnapped by villain Raghav (Sudheer Babu). Just like most action-romantic films from Bollywood, the action choreography is slick, and the locations exquisite. However, the plot offers up a rather hackneyed storyline, begging us to ask for more from script writer Sanjeev Datta.
A true story based on the book, The Man Who Knew Infinity: Life of the Genius Ramanujan. Dev Patel takes the role of Srinivasa Ramanujan, as Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones and Stephen Fry preside over the students at Trinity College, Cambridge, during World War I. The story revolves around the young Tamilian intellect’s capabilities in mathematical theories and his time at Cambridge.