Welcome To Me (2015)

Here’s a new movie that was just recently released that I got a chance to see. I can’t wait until I hit the lottery. Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), has borderline personality disorder. Alice hits the lottery and decides that she wants to spend it on what she always wanted in life: her own talk show on television. In this talk show, Alice will have no one else on the show besides herself and she will just talk about her life and her feelings. A lot of people think she is crazy for wanting to do this. Alice will pay whatever price the network wants for her to have 100 episodes. The whole entire show is completely ridiculous and everyone a the network understand that except for Rich (James Marsden). The network is failing and they need a lot of money and since Alice can pay for it, Rich will take whatever he can get. Problems start to arise when the show starts getting insane and she starts to forget about the people who mattered to her the most.

Welcome To Me is a nice, little indie film that actually surprised me and was a pretty decent film. This was a really brave move for Kristen Wiig. Taking on the role of someone who is mentally ill is really a tough task and she really pulled this one-off. Wiig turned the role of Alice into a funny, dark and often frightening character. That just shows the good acting from Wiig. That’s the whole thing about this movie. The acting is so good and the rest is kind of just whatever. The movie itself is just okay and I think it could have done a few things differently to make this a lot better than it was. I was really excited to see this movie and I left more disappointed than satisfied.

The acting we see in Welcome To Me is fine. I really like how there is some big time actors in this movie. We see some small appearances from Tim Robbin, who is one of my favorite actors of all time and we also see people like, Joan Cusack and Wes Bentley. To be truly honest, the acting is what really saved this movie because the premise is very goofy and extremely ridiculous. The movie itself was not all that great and the acting is definitely not to blame for it. Everyone we see in this movie are their usual selves, meaning that they were fine and delivered nice performances. So we can definitely say the acting wasn’t the problem with this movie because I think most importantly, Wiig gave an outstanding performance and nailed this role.

The reason this movie was not all that great is because it just could not put the missing puzzle pieces together. What I mean by that is the fact that nothing really came together by the end with what are some great actors. Welcome To Me left me very disappointed throughout most of the film. I think that it started off really well and then just kind of got completely messy and boring in the second half of the movie. If you are a person who likes to just sit down and watch a nice, little movie then this is one for you. Other than that, this is no more than an okay movie with some really good acting to try to hold it together. I do think this is one that you should check out, not only because of all its hype, but it can be somewhat enjoyable to watch at times.

Overall, Welcome To Me may not have all the pieces of the puzzle together and the only reason it was as good as it was is strictly because of the actors. Nothing more than an okay movie!

Grade= C (Okay)


The D Train (2015)

Here’s a movie that just came out today. Dan Landsman (Jack Black) is the chairman of his high school alumni committee. While it is coming up on the both reunion since he graded high school, he wants everyone to RSVP. This is hard because every time he calls people, no one remembers him or they just simply don’t want to go. He feels he needs something huge to convince everyone to come. When he watches television one night, he notices that the coolest guy in high school, Oliver Lawless (James Marsden) is in a huge commercial that is all over tv. Dan wants to get Oliver to come to the reunion so everyone else will want to come. Dan needs to travel to L.A. to convince him to come. While Dan is out there, the two of them party it up and live the dream for the weekend and Dan starts to think that there is a potential serious friendship forming.

The D Train is a very dark comedy that really did not seem all that funny to me. While it did have the occasional laugh, I think that it just was not a laugh out loud comedy the whole movie. I think The D Train started getting a little over-the-top with scenes. To me, it just feels like the movie started running out of ideas of what would be funny and it just started to get very sentimental, which did not work. They tried getting very sentimental towards the second half of the movie and I think that if they steer cleared of doing that, it would have worked out better for the movie. I think this is a movie that had some serious potential, but I didn’t see them do anything with it because of the lack of humor and over-the-top sentimental scenes.

I actually have to I thought some of the acting in this movie was pretty great. Jack Black could have done a little better, but I could not get enough of James Marsden. I thought that he was absolutely awesome and hysterical in this. Jack Black just wasn’t his usual self in this and that really made me upset because I think that when Jack Black is in his right element, he is absolutely hilarious. I just didn’t see that with this movie and I really wish that he could have been better in this. I also loved how they brought Ned Scheenbly into this movie and it was a little reunion between him and Dewey Finn. But acting overall, not all that great and I wish director, Andrew Mogel would have done some things different with this.

The D Train is nothing more than a goofy, comedy that got released just to try to make a lot of money because of the big names that are in it. I can’t really figure out which direction they tried to take with this movie because it really tries to be funny from the start, but then tries overly hard to get serious and sentimental. It just did not work and I felt as if I walked away from this movie with much more disappointment then I did satisfied. The only interesting character that we see in this movie is James Marsden. He really pulled this role off and the rest of the characters left us bored with them and we couldn’t wait to see more of James Marsden. This was just an incredibly dark and dull comedy that didn’t really work.

Overall, The D Train is a movie that is occasionally funny and doesn’t really know if it is trying to make you have a heartfelt moment or make you laugh. This movie was pretty dull and I hope Jack Black does better with his next movie.

Grade= D (Bad)

The Loft (2015)

Here’s a movie that had a release date pushed back five years. We meet five guys, Vince, Chris, Luke, Marty, and Philip (Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and Matthias Schoenaerts). These five guys are not very good husbands and decide to purchase a nice and spacious loft where they can take their prostitutes and women they are having an affair with. They buy this so their wives have no trace of knowing where they were. There will be no credit card bills saying they rented a hotel room. This was a smart move on their part. That is until now. A young female is found dead in the bed and clearly one out of the five men have killed her. No one is confessing who did this. We find out in this movie what exactly happened to that girl.

First off, The Loft had a release date that was pushed back five years for obvious reasons. The problem with this movie is that it’s just not any good. This movie had a very recognizable cast, but none of them delivered an entertaining and even believable acting job. I was very disappointed with the way this movie turned out because I liked the idea of it. Sadly, this movie was just 100 minutes of nonsense. I felt as if no one knew what they were doing when making tho movie. This was just not good!

The Loft jumped from one thing to the other. I liked how it started off, but then it took a very weird turn and left you saying, “what the fuck is happening?” This movie was all over the place and just makes you frustrated almost the whole time watching it. It is such a shame to see some really good actors go and play these terrible and very dull roles. You may know Eric Stonestreet from ABC’s, Modern Family. He is one of the best actors from that show and after seeing this, you would think he never performed in any other role in his lifetime.

The Loft is a movie where none of the characters are interesting. Each different character left you more and more disappointed. This movie was just a waste of what was an awesome premise. This movie is filled with so many weaknesses that you can’t even look for anything good about this movie. Even when the expected twist came, you still were not satisfied and could not wait for this to end. This is not one that you want to see and I definitely do not recommend giving this one a look.

Overall, The Loft is a movie with a great premise that goes absolutely nowhere. We see nothing but terrible acting, writing, and directing.

Grade= D- (Terrible!)