Out Now – 27th September 2013

Runner Runner

Runner Runner
Justin Timberlake and B’Affleck star alongside Gemma Arterton in a film about something to do with poker. Who really knows? The only review I read was terrible so we’re better off moving on.

Blue Jasmine
Woody Allen returns to form for the umpteenth time with a drama about a troubled socialite. Cate Blanchett takes the lead role with a performance that has lots of Oscar-based whispering surrounding it.

Prisoners
Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman both stare moodily to the right in a film about… prisoners? A child has been kidnapped and people’s desperation is tested as they have to decide just how far they will go in finding where the girl is. I sense torture.

Girl Most Likely
All I can tell you about this film is that it stars Kristen Wiig alongside Darren Criss and that Rach absolutely adores Darren Criss but despite this bias only gave the film three stars. Not a good sign.

Austenland
A woman goes to a Jane Austen theme park in search of her very own Mr Darcy. Flight of the Conchord’s Bret McKenzie co-stars so it might not be as agonisingly painful as it seems.

Mister John
“After discovering his wife’s infidelities, Gerry leaves London to look after his deceased brother’s business and family in Singapore. Discovering a foreign world of opportunity that had not existed before gives Gerry a chance at starting over by slipping into his brother’s life – both emotionally and physically. However, leaving his wife and child behind in the UK is not so easy as Gerry must choose between becoming his brother’s alter ego ‘Mister John’ or returning to London to face his failing relationship.” Eh?

Hannah Arendt
“A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.” Because a drunk Tim can’t process all these serious films.

In the Name Of
IMDb doesn’t even have a synopsis for this film. I despair. I honestly do.

Greedy Lying Bastards
With a title like this one this documentary about climate change promises to be totally and utterly objective and unbiased. Totally.

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers
A documentary about a network of international jewel thieves. I read an article about these guys in The Observer. I get the Observer. The cryptic crossword is superb.

Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman
Surely a case of the title telling you all you need to know to decide whether you want to see a film. A review is forthcoming from me so watch this space.

Girl Most Likely – Film Review

Girl Most Likely

The last time I guest reviewed a film for Mild Concern, it was Cabin In The Woods and all the review said was “Holy Shit”. Similarly, this time I could have submitted a review for Girl Most Likely that just said “Darren Criss is hot”, but I thought I’d try to use my words.

Girl Most Likely is a comedy that revolves around Imogene, a role that sees Kristen Wiig basically replicate her character from Bridesmaids. Imogene is recently single, even more recently unemployed, and the once-promising former playwright finds her life spiralling downwards and out of control. So obviously, like any normal person would, she fakes a suicide attempt to try and win back her dull socialite boyfriend. When her plan backfires she ends up on the psychiatric ward with doctors only willing to release her into the care of a family member. Enter her mother Zelda (Annette Bening) who drags an unwilling Imogene back to New Jersey and back to her childhood home.

The change in location introduces us to all of the movie’s entertaining characters. We meet lodger Lee (Darren Criss), a member of a 90s boy band tribute act who now rents Imogene’s old room, and her brother Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald), whose sweet innocence and obsession with crabs leaves you hating Imogene a little bit for abandoning him with their mother in the first place. Lastly there’s Zelda’s boyfriend George Bousche (Matt Dillion) whose CIA agent sub-plot is so ridiculous it should be completely out of place but ends up being one of the highlights of the film.

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The problem with Girl Most Likely is that there’s no real problem with Girl Most Likely – it just doesn’t elicit much reaction of any kind. By the end of the 103 minutes of film, Imogene comes to some fairly predictable conclusions about home and family that we’ve all seen before.

It’s not all bad – the undeniably talented cast are all given moments to shine, and they take a middle of the road script and make it into something better than it probably should be. The evolution of Imogene’s relationship with Lee, from her initial dislike of him into something romantic, was well done and pleasingly independent of Imogene’s own character development. It wasn’t used as the resolution to all of her problems and that was refreshing to see.

If you’re a fan of Darren Criss and like the idea of him wearing eyeliner, singing Backstreet Boys songs and playing a character who is well out of high school for a change, then I’d definitely recommend seeing it. Everyone else? It’s a harmless way to pass a couple of hours, inoffensive but ultimately only okay.

At least one of those stars can be attributed to Darren’s hotness. Maybe two.

Girl Most Likely is in UK cinemas on 27th September 2013