Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
LIFE ITSELF - Review
Release Date: September 21, 2018
Director: Dan Fogelman
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Oscar Isaac, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas
Plot: Several lives cross during a single event
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
Have you ever heard the old joke that action movies are a bunch of people dying really fast, while a romance is about one person dying really slow? This may be the movie that bucks the trend. It's an ensemble cast film filled with ensemble death. (And just about as many f-bombs as a hardcore action flick).
The film has some very nice and moving moments, it also has some scenes that will take you far out of your comfort zone. But for the most part it's pretty boring until they finally "land the plane." By that I mean that there is a ton of boring set up that takes up most of the movie before we get to the interesting stuff that actually matters.
The whole crux of this movie is based on improbability as well. That is a plot device that drives me crazy. I'm willing to suspend disbelief all day long and go along with the impossible if you give me a good reason, but when something happens that is so far-fetched that it borders on the impossible without any explanation or reason, I lose all interest.
About the only thing good in this movie is the acting. I just wish the actors had a better story. Instead, it just tries to trick you with sappy music, shocking scenes, breaking the fourth wall, and the action movie version of Samuel L. Jackson.
If you like ensemble cast films then you may like this one, too, but you are also going to have to be okay with a ton of horrible language and a couple of very R-rated violent scenes. If you are thinking this might be a slightly sadder version of your typical ensemble rom-com, this may not be the film for you.
There is nothing about this movie that makes it necessary to see in theaters. You will get the same experience watching it on your couch. And at least then, you can turn it off if you don't like it.