Movies reviewed this week: Bad Moms, Suicide Squad, Ice Age: Collision Course and Bollywatch: Jagga Jasoos
What happens when a working mom tries to make her kid’s life ‘amazing and magical’? She loses the status of being a perfect mom, and turns into a bad mom! And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering how hard it must be juggling work and motherhood.
So when Amy (Mila Kunis, who has recently become a mom), Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell) turn into seemingly bad, yet cool moms, we look at them in awe.
Sure, Amy is living a dream: she’s a beautiful woman with a perfect life, a successful marriage, well-behaved kids, a beautiful home and a blitzing career but somehow, she’s got it all tangled up.
And that’s what makes this movie interesting.
Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore – the same guys who co-wrote The Hangover – the movie is certainly a cut over the other chick-flicks (Mother’s Day) of this year – providing both humour and a warts-and-all take on motherhood.
Mila Kunis’s portrayal of a stressed mother-of-two is fairly solid, and Hahn and Bell excel in the angst-ridden roles of two women balancing their personal lives with their suburban lifestyles.
Even Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate), an uptight PTA president who is also Amy’s biggest roadblock, is quite likeable, given the scenario of the flick. It’s a cliché role, but Applegate plays it with absolute wickedness.
This may not be the funniest comedy flick of the year but it is certainly up there. Bad Moms is for all the mothers out there who don’t have nannies to mind the kids, and who turn multi-tasking into an art-form.
Review by Alvin Thomas
When secret service hawk Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has a job that’s downright dangerous, who better to take it on than a bunch of supervillains in the slammer? The group, led by fast-talking hitman Deadshot (Will Smith) must take down the evil Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) who has an unusual way of recruiting men as her slaves. However, giving this lot a load of lethal government weapons is not going to end well. This is the latest, if lesser-known incarnation from the DC Comics stable. Still, with familiar oddballs such as The Joker (Jared Leto) around, it’s worth a look.
Ice Age: Collision Course
Manny, Diego and Sid and their pals are all living happily when an impending disaster looms to disrupt their Ice Age idyll. An asteroid will soon hit a nearby mountain and cause their extinction, as a result of an accident caused by Scrat the squirrel over where to store his acorn. This all means it’s time for a sharp exit, with another adventure packed with battles with pirates, myriad colourful sea creatures and thrills and spills a-plenty. Kids ten and under will love this one. As for adults, eat your popcorn and grin and bear it.
Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) turns detective to find his missing father and ropes in his lovelorn girlfriend (Katrina Kaif) who is more than happy to lend a hand. The sassy but smart couple could possibly be construed as India’s answer to Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence. However, Kaif’s martial arts skills bring back memories of Diana Rigg’s Mrs Peel in the 60s TV series The Avengers. This is a feel-good, comedy drama, the release of which was delayed but is no less welcome for all that. Great fun! Written and directed by Anurag Basu. In Hindi, with Arabic subtitles.