First, a programming note: I’m going to be doing another month-long movie watch next month — 80s in August! I’ll be picking three genre films from each year of the decade, a fantasy film, a sci-fi film, and a horror film. I’m limiting my choices to the streaming services I currently have access to (Hulu, Netflix, the library, and the free ones) and will skew toward movies I haven’t seen or movies I haven’t seen in a long while. Hopefully a fun way to cruise through August.
Life of Crime
Runtime: 1h 38m
Director: Daniel Schechter
Writers: Daniel Schechter, Elmore Leonard
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey, Isla Fisher, John Hawkes
Initial: Oh, hey! A movie based on an Elmore Leonard book!
Production Notes: Based on the novel The Switch. Several characters from that novel show up again in Leonard’s Rum Punch, which Quentin Tarantino made into Jackie Brown (1997).
What Did I Think:
Yes, this movie has Elmore Leonard fingerprints all over it. Quirky, ambiguous bad guys? Check. Scheme that goes sideways without the quirky, ambiguous bad guys being utter idiots? Check. Set in the 70s? Well, that’s just bonus points I guess. Not as smart or funny as a film like Logan Lucky (2017), but enjoyable, if you like crime dramedies. And it occurred to me that I like Jennifer Aniston. She plays a great straight man here, handling her circumstances with a good deal of poise.
Runtime: 2h 3m
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Writers: Jack Thorne, Nancy Springer
Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin
Initial: I put off watching Enola Holmes for quite a while because, as much as I like the thought of extended Holmes works, they so rarely turn out well.
What Did I Think:
Thirteen year-old me would have loved this movie. Forty-six year-old me finds it very…likeable. It’s well-made, a bit ridiculous, but almost tries too hard. You kind of have to be on board for the meta, fourth wall-breaking that is going to occur because what you see in that trailer is what you’re going to get. Millie Bobby Brown is charismatic and Helena Bonham Carter is perfect as her mother. I would also be in favor of some spin-off Henry Cavill Sherlock Holmes.
Bonus! YouTuber Jill Bearup tested stabbing a corset!