First and foremost, the new movie “Crazy Rich Asians” is all about money. Its about super rich Asians who live in Singapore who after many years of being super rich, have forgotten or never knew what it is like to have little or no money, or a bad job sitting in a cubicle or doing what you don’t want to do, because you do don’t have enough money to walk away. The story is about a young couple in love, about to get married but the woman is not from a wealthy family, she is the product of a single mother who struggled for many years to make enough to survive. Unfortunately in many, but not all cases, people who have a great deal of money let it all go to their head and look down on people who are not rich, as if they are not good enough to associate with and definitely not to marry their son – basically the plot of this movie. The mother of the young Asian man does not approve of his girlfriend and some of the scenes between his girlfriend and his mother I thought were extremely well done.
I thought this movie dragged on in a number of places, was somewhat funny in others and was too much like a soap opera for my liking. The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Crazy Rich Asians is a very high 92% and I do recommend it for the message – but not so much for the overall story.
In terms of a great legal drama, in my opinion “The Verdict”, released in 1982 is the best ever. A brilliant screenplay by David Mamet and a story about the real life world of bad people and money against working class hard working people and a pregnant woman who was the victim of medical malpractice. In 1982 the critics were calling this great movie a Rocky story for the legal profession. I consider this one comment the best summary about what this movie is all about. Doctors who worked for a church owned hospital in the Boston area made a series of egregious errors when a pregnant woman was admitted and she went into a coma and was irreparably brain damaged. Through lies, payoffs and legal cheating, the rich law firm hired to defend the doctors cared less about the woman in a coma, only about the reputation of the hospital and the amount of money they would be paid.
This movie stars Paul Newman and without a doubt it was his best performance in a career where he won only one Oscar for “The Color of Money” and was nominated 7 times. Why he did not win for this outstanding performance as Frank Galvin, a down on his luck alcoholic lawyer is a travesty. The lead lawyer of the law firm defending the hospital is James Mason in an outstanding performance as the rich head of a law firm who would do anything to win a case, regardless of the circumstances. The direction of this film by Sidney Lumet is also great and one scene that stands out is a key turning point in the film was told wordlessly in an overhead shot where Galvin just backed up on a street looking at his friend in disbelief over what he just heard him say about his girlfriend. This is genius screenwriting and film making because so much more can be said by just actions and no dialogue.
The Verdict is an outstanding film that should seen by everyone.
The new movie “Mile 22” is easily one of the worst of 2018. There is no story line or recognizable screenplay here, just a series of disconnected scenes that are never explained or transition, and are nothing more than excuses for action or explosions or both. A movie is never an excuse for only action scenes and Mile 22 is so bad that even Michael Bay, who invented this type of rapid fire film would say Mile 22 makes absolutely no sense. The only bright spot within this very bad 2 hours is the presence of probably the best movie Martial Arts expert in movie history Iko Uwais – who has some scenes of realistic fighting that are extremely impressive. The best examples of this type of realistic Karate that I have ever seen are within the 2 movies “Raid: Redemption 2011” and “The Raid 2 – 2014”.
Other than Iko, this entire movie is a total mess and should be thrown out of all theaters – hopefully by this Monday. To make this movie even worse – the end of the film uses the “explain what happened cleanup scenes” at the end that attempts to make up for the fact that no measurable story was told for 2 hours. The Rotten Tomatoes rating for this bad movie is 20% – and I would have given it a 5% rating. Run from Mile 22, because it is a screenplay disaster.