Movie Review: Venom, A Star is Born, Beautiful Boy

Anwesha Satapathy

 

Venom

Despite the hype from fans and the picture we all had it mind, Venom proved to be a huge disappointment. The cast’s (especially Tom Hardy) stellar performance wasn’t even enough to save the film from the chaos that it turned out to be. There isn’t a stable tone throughout the film and plays out like a cheesy comedy with subtle references to the comics and fan favorite characters being slapped into the movie here and there, making it difficult to find some redeemable quality. Now, just so I don’t spend the entirety of this review ranting about how bad it the movie is, I have to mention that there are a few positives. The movie is very visually satisfying, and the cast, as I’ve mentioned before, were the only two reasons I didn’t completely hate watching it. Riz Ahmed in particular was probably the best part about the movie, playing a pretty convincing mastermind. I would say that people set their expectations too high and got too disappointed with how the film turned out, which isn’t awful, but not good either. It’s just your standard MCU movie and isn’t much of a standout compared to the others. Consider Venom a good movie if you’re watching it just for fun. 2.5/5 stars.

2.5 stars

 

A Star is Born

Let me just keep it brief – this movie is one of the best of the year. Lots of people go in thinking it’s another cliché love story, but it isn’t that at all. You find yourself becoming invested in the characters and their story, to the point that you feel emotionally affected even after the movie ends. A Star is Born is relevant and relatable, and it isn’t too dramatized or glorified like most love stories trying to tackle a real issue that today’s society faces. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s performances were phenomenal, and their chemistry was more than convincing throughout the movie. I didn’t realize the extent of their acting abilities until I watched this movie, but now I can safely say that A Star is Born is a tearjerker that’ll add onto the already impressive list of talents that the two main cast members already have. 5/5 stars.

 

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Beautiful Boy

Before anything else, I’d like to say that this movie is an emotional rollercoaster that touched a lot of parents’ hearts. Chalamet’s performance of a youth struggling with hard drug addiction is realistic to the point that it is almost uncomfortable to watch – which is exactly the point. Of course, some scenes were romanticized for Hollywood, but the actors sure make up for it. However, there are a few flaws in the film’s production which can’t go without mentioning, which can be distracting from the emotional scenes at times. The bottom line is that Beautiful Boy is a movie that’s hard to swallow because it tackles an issue that is very real to lot of parents, and everyone should see it. People who don’t understand the toll that drug addiction has on a family or those who have experienced the circumstances of this movie alike can take something from it. Steve Carell does a fantastic job of portraying the father trying to help his son out of his downward spiral, and both of the performances of Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell prove more than strong enough to carry the character-centered movie through its journey to make clear the devastating and lifelong impact of addiction on many families. As I was leaving the theater, everyone left without making a sound, and that told me just how much this movie had moved them. 4.5/5 stars.

 

4.5

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