Even though I found the movie to be very basic in storytelling, one thing I did like about Promising Young Woman is the casting.
They picked every male actor that I associate as the lovable, dorky nice guy characters and showcased how dangerous “nice guys” can be. Bo Burnham, Adam Brody, Sam Richardson, Chris Lowell, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse etc. I’m not going to lie. It was weird seeing Sam Richardson and Adam Brody as creeps. It made me feel weird. And that’s the point of the movie. They want you to be uncomfortable. Then that ultimate betrayal came when Bo Burnham’s character is revealed to be just as culpable. Like damn.
Saturday night I couldn’t find anything to watch on TV. I have 3 paid streaming services and access to several more “free” services BUT nothing interested me. Peacock mostly has reruns of its old TV shows and “Real Housewives” crap. Amazon prime mostly has movies you’d find in those bargain DVD bins at Walmart. So I decided to rent… the horror/comedy “Werewolves Within”.
When was the last time you saw a movie based on a video game that was actually good? Think about it…
The Game “Werewolf Within” is VR board game set in a Medieval village. Players put on goggles to see other players and try to deduce which of them is a werewolf. It’s a bit like “Clue”. But I have never played it.
The movie is set in a snow bound American town. In the prologue a man is killed by an unseen creature. Next we see a title card saying it’s 29.5 days later (significant) - on the day a new Ranger arrives in town. He lacks a bit of confidence but he comes across as a basic good guy. He’s played very well by Sam Richardson.
A character he meets early on is Cecile the towns relatively new mail carrier. She’s played by Milana Vayntrub who you’ll immediately recognizes as the girl in the AT&T commercials. She’s good too.
The town is populated by an odd group (all slightly over the top) including a Redneck Gun Loving Couple, a Gay Couple who are Tech Millionaires, and another two who I can best describe as a weird couple you’d find in a Stephen King novel.
Add to the mix are a Oil Company Rep trying to convince the town to let him build an old pipeline (of course they all have to agree but they don’t), an environmentalist there to stop the pipeline but just happens to have some gear that can analyze DNA, a reclusive Mountain Man Hunter, and a sweet hotel owner, wife of the man who died in the opening.
Pretty soon a pet dog is killed, generators are damaged, and a snow storm cuts off the highway. When the body of the victim from the opening is discovered, and another man gets his hand bitten off, the group first suspects a psycho-murderer… but things escalate when the environmentalists whispers the word “lycanthrope”!
Second time director Josh Ruben is a great job on a limited budget. The script by Josh Ruben is very witty. All performances are well done. All the actors maintain a perfect level of weirdness. It has a pretty good score of 86% at Rotten Tomatoes. Rated R, but that must be for language as there no nudity and gore is at a minimum.
I saw the movie a second time the next day and I thought I’d was even funnier. I also notice a few clues as to who was the werewolf that I missed the first time - clever. I mention the game is like “Clue” but the movie is more like an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery with comedy and of course WEREWOLVES. Highly recommended.
Sam Richardson as Finn the New Ranger
Milana Vayntrub as Cecily the Mail Carrier
Wayne Duvall as Sam the Oil Company Rep
Rebecca Henderson as Dr. Ellis the environmentalist
Catherine Curtin as Jeanine the Hotel Owner
George Basil & Sarah Burns as Marcus & Gwen the Redneck Couple
Michaela Watkins & Michael Chernus as Trisha and Pete the Stephen King couple
Cheyenne Jackson & Harvey Guillén as Devon & Joaquim the Tech Millionaires
So barely a video game adaptation but talk about a glow up. Hardly the best werewolf of the season but happy to finally see this. Cast is a hoot and everyone here deserves more work, especially Sam Richardson.
Just gonna take a moment to rant about the moment Amelia guilts Sam into adopting a dog. Like, I love Amelia and Sam’s relationship, and like Amelia generally, except for this moment. [Disclaimer I don’t have pets, so I don’t entirely know how the process works, but I’m pretty sure it shouldn’t be based on guilt]
This man says he is not capable of taking care of a dog. And Sam’s right, he’s not capable. Dogs live a long time. Sam has a pretty high chance of dying quite soon. Furthermore, he lives in a motel. And is legally dead-- how the hell is he going to get pet insurance.
Now, Amelia doesn’t know this, but it’s not fair for her to assume that Sam can take care of a dog when he says he can’t. Like that’s it. Some people can take care of dogs, and some people can’t-- either physically or mentally-- and it’s better for the dogs to get someone who can care for them and not someone who was guilted into attempting to care for them.
Also, just not a big fan of guilting someone for hitting a dog on accident. Like he didn’t do it on purpose? He brought it in to you, obviously guilty, and hoping to help it recover. But guilting a man who says he can’t take care of a dog, into taking care of a dog in the hopes he’s... lying(?) is a really big risk, what if he’s not lying?
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Today we bring you the journey of Australian team in T20 World Cup 2021. The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 or T20 World Cup 2021 would be the 7th edition of the T20I Cricket tournament hosted by UAE & Oman during October 17- November 14, 2021. It was a 16 teams’ competition and a total of 45 matches would decide the tournament winners. Australia would be led by Aaron Finch and coached by Justin Langer…
Whoa....Matthew really did well in this scene! One of the best examples of how to hit the right emotional beats!
(Hopefully by this point you’ve finished watching ‘Belle’, the kind of person who isn’t bothered by spoilers, or are just deciding if you still want to keep watching.)
After a loooooong...long wait...I finally got to watch the film with captions! I noticed that the On Demand title on SBS doesn't have captions...which is odd (maybe in a couple of days...they'll load it?). Every time I spot this in the TV guide...I instantly get it onto the DVR and of course...I'd be disappointed that there wasn't captions. This one was different though...as I noticed that there was Audio description...
...and of course...I hoped that it also meant that it included captions!!!! Glad I took a chance...even the DVR was filling up again (I'm down to 1 hour of space! So...I'll have to frantically delete!!!)
I did not expect how watchable this would be. I mean...maybe because I was lucky that my first Gugu film was 'Miss Sloane'? There are definitely other roles that she wasn't able to stretch.
Plus Tom! Wow! Come on....he was also killing it!!!
PS: The English so scandalised when it's revealed that their kids speak French (or at least show off their French fluency)!
PPS: It's a shame that we don't see Gugu and Matthew have a scene together...that would have been really interesting to see how capable Matthew is (which I know he is!).
PPPS: I did not expect the number of times I found certain scenes and dialogue funny! Was expecting really...dramatic moments (which there are...but at least it's not...well...the kind that I need to pick myself up sobbing on the floor...or having gone through a mountain of tissue like 'Beautiful Boy'
PPPPS: I considered cutting off the highlight 'Screen To Script' right when John says: "It's about all of us. It's about everything. Everything that's important." --- but then decided to go until the scene finishes as it's a reminder that sometimes...we have made an impact...but it isn't obvious that we have.
EXT. HOUSE OF COMMONS - DAY
JOHN catches up to LORD MANSFIELD as he approaches his carriage.
M'lord if you find for the traders you would be formalising the law of the concept of insuring human cargo.
LORD MANSFIELD gives JOHN a glance, takes off his hat---
---- puts his hat on the seat, turns to the chauffer ---
--- then climbs into the carriage.
The driver closes the door and goes to take his place. JOHN steps closer.
Then know when you are gone, your legacy would have left Miss Lidnsay in a world worth more dead than alive.
The carriage starts moving.
Miss Lindsay is not a slave.
JOHN starts walking to keep up.
By the very grace of God!
LORD MANSFIELD gives the roof two knocks and the carriage stops.
This is not about Miss Lindsay.
Of course it is.
The nobleman stares back, seemingly stoically. But those eyes are drawn to fellow human equally as passionate about justice. A human teetering between anger and tears.
It's about all of us. It's about everything. Everything that's important.
The father looks into the eyes of this young man intently. Searching. Clearly moved.
JOHN just stares back. Earnest.
LORD MANSFIELD breaks it. A small smile escapes as he considers what's been said.
He stares at the youngster dead in the eye.
...The world is a devastating place. You must learn to protect your emotions if you wish to prevent both matter of the law and love from devastating you.
JOHN casts his eyes down. Defeated.
My verdict of the film: 7/10
Link to the timestamp commentary: I was tempted to do one as I had a couple of reactions but then decided to just watch the whole way through (I'll put one up if there are requests for it!
A Formal Review: None
More of my comments about the film: None
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