Sunday, February 23, 2020

Mr. Right

Movie Name: Mr. Right
Year of Release: 2015
Director: Paco Cabezas
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund, RZA, Katie Nehra, Jaiden Kaine, Douglas M. Griffin, Elena Sanchez
Genre: Comedy, Action
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 3
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Synopsis and Review:
"Mr. Right" hails from the creative mind of writer Max Landis, who in the same year, saw his "American Ultra" also premier. "Mr. Right" follows the story of Martha a young woman who just found out her seemingly perfect boyfriend was fooling around on her with other women. Following an attempt to bounce back with the help of her girlfriends, Martha meets a charismatic, funny and charming man, by the name of Francis. Their chemistry is palpable, and following a lovely day together, he tells her he's a hired hitman. As their relationship further deepens, his past suddenly catches up with him, with a series of hoodlums attempting to kill him. 
Spanish director Paco Cabezas partnering with controversial writer Max Landis has produced a film that for all its attempted quirkiness, romanticism and irreverence, fails to deliver on both premises. The storyline for this adventure/caper, is riddled with clichés, starting with Anna Kendrick's character, who falls under the "cheated girlfriend, who turns out to be gifted and understands the mind of a criminal" persona, whereas Sam Rockwell's Francis, fails to get much character development at all. While establishing clichés can at times allow for the spectators to quickly understand characters and plot threads, in this case, it provides none of those. The film and its characters lacks charm, humor and even an edge, something that the more graphical violence tries (pointlessly) to bring to the foreground. It's a sad waste, since the cast has great potential, with the dynamic duo of Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, who have great chemistry, with the always reliable Tim Roth providing good support (the same going for James Ransone and Anson Mount). Sadly all this talent doesn't prevent the film from being ultimately forgettable.