Well this has to be the new winner for smallest release week of the year! Luckily there are still some great titles in the mix starting with Tully. Charlize Theron plays Marlo, wife and mother of two with another one on the way. But Marlo isn’t sure how she feels about it. Feeling depressed and dragged down by her repetitive daily routine, and having experiences postpartum troubles after her previous kids, Marlo is not sure she can cope. When her wealthy brother offers to pay for a night nurse, who takes care of the newborn during the night so the mother can rest, Marlo hesitantly agrees. But when she meets night nurse Tully (Mackenzie Davis), not only do things start to look up, but Marlo finds a kindred spirit who may help her find meaning in her life.
Tully is written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) and directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Up in the Air) and the pairing of these two always seems to culminate in an interesting and honest movie. Tully is brutally honest about the tribulations of motherhood and never shy’s away from showing the hardships that come along with the joy of having children. Theron gives another stellar performance here, she gained 30 pounds for the role but the real authenticity of Marlo is the look on Theron’s face throughout the movie. She is simply brilliant at communicating feelings through expressions and this film calls for it more than most. The supporting cast including Ron Livingston, Emily Haine, and the always brilliant Mark Duplass only heightens the pedigree of Tully and the script has more than a few surprises in it as well. Tully is a funny, sad, joyous and heartfelt and brutally honest.
Next up this week is the new film from Melissa McCarthy, Life of the Party. McCarthy plays Deanna, a married woman with a daughter recently sent off to college. But after her daughter leaves her husband announces he wants a divorce leaving Deanna with no sense of direction or purpose after being a devoted wife and mother for decades. So Deanne decides to pursue her dreams from her younger days and go back to college. The same college as her daughter, where she embraces her newfound freedom and learns to live for herself again.
Life of the Party is co-written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone and directed by Falcone. There are plenty of laughs to go around, McCarthy could just stand around and make me laugh, but I couldn’t help thinking if the husband and wife duo put a little more authenticity, realism and heart into Life of the Party, it could have been so much more. But as it stands it is standard, light fare for anyone and does have plenty of funny situations for McCarthy to stumble through in a hilarious manner. Many of McCarthy’s movies seem to take this lighter route and it seems to work for her but I hope we get some meatier comedies (or any other genres) from her in the future. She is brilliant and can do anything she sets her mind to.
Also of note this week is the remake of the classic 80s Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn comedy Overboard this time starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez, and pair of brilliant 90s comedies from Jim Belushi seeing their debut on Blu-ray, Mr. Destiny and Taking Care of Business. If you have never seen these two comedies please check them out right away! Belushi at his peak and both highly entertaining flicks well worth your time. Not to mention between the two movies you also get Charles Grodin, Linda Hamilton, Michael Caine, Jon Lovitz, Rene Russo, and Hector Elizondo. Pure 90s goodness.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday July 31, 2018
5 Films 5 Years Volume #3 - Golden Age Erotica*
5 Films 5 Years Volume #4 - Horror and Exploitation*
Counterpart: Season One
House of the Dead*
LEGO DC Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis
Life of the Party
Mirai Sentai Timeranger: The Complete Series
Piranha II: The Spawning*
Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Season Four
Taking Care of Business*
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
*Catalog Blu-ray debut