Day 335 & Day 336 & Day 337 – Your Name. & Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs & Sorry To Bother You

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Movie Title: Your Name.

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min.

Rated: PG

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Your Name. is an anime that is a combination between Freaky Friday and a movie I watched earlier this year called Coherence with a few interesting twists thrown in.

Taki is a young man that lives in Tokyo. He works at a restaurant, graduates from school, and decides to become a landscape architect over the course of the film. He has robust friendships and seems to be leading a good life, but he feels empty.

Mitsuha is a high school aged girl that lives in a rural area of Japan around a large lake. Her family cares for the local Shinto shrine and her estranged father is the mayor of the town. They are working to prepare for an upcoming festival and Mitsuha is trying to maintain a social life at school. She also feels empty.

This is because Taki and Mitsuha are switching bodies on alternating days because of a comet that is passing by the planet. Eventually they realize what is going on and begin to communicate with each other. Eventually, the two fall for each other while living each other’s lives. But, when the comet passes they become separated from each other with no recollection of how to find each other. The doubt about whether this odd reunion will ever happen drives the plot forward.

Verdict:

The premise is interesting because it isn’t clear whether or not they will ever meet each other and the movie has enough ambiguity to keep it interesting. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

 

Movie Title: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 23 min.

Rated: G

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is dull as dust. It is a retelling of a Grimm’s Fairy Tale that has not an iota of character depth. Snow White is a downtrodden, pretty, and stupid princess. Prince Charming (or whatever his name is) is as superficial as it gets. The evil sister is only obsessed with her beauty. The dwarfs are a yawn, especially Dopey who is not even remotely endearing. The humor is as flat as it gets. The story isn’t worth summarizing because everyone knows it.

The only mark in Snow White’s favor is the animation which was well done especially for 1937. So, from a technical standpoint it is absolutely worth seeing. It was also the first animated film to be nominated for an Oscar, so that puts a mark in its favor as well.

Verdict:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has not aged well and is not worth watching. Skip it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Sorry To Bother You (2018)

 

Movie Title: Sorry To Bother You

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Sorry to Bother You is a modern commentary on being black in America as well as America’s work culture that would make Spike Lee proud. Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is unemployed and living in his uncle’s garage with his fiancee Detroit. Detroit (Tessa Thompson) is an artist with an anti-authoritarian streak and Green is right there along with her. But, they are both dead broke and Green’s uncle will have his house repossessed if he doesn’t make a huge payment soon.

Cassius gets a job working as a telemarketer where Langston (Danny Glover) teacher him how to be successful by pretending to be white. Eventually Cassius helps his friend Salvador (Jermaine Fowler) and his girlfriend get a job there too. While Detroit, Salvador, and a union organizer nicknamed Squeeze (Steven Yuen) go down the path of trying to unionize the office Cassius sets his eyes on a different prize. Cassius wants to become a power caller, but once he does he spirals up into a dystopian trap. He can earn an insane amount of wealth for himself, but only if he rampantly exploits others for a company that could easily serve as a parallel for Amazon or Wal-Mart.

These companies are quite literally willing to take away people’s humanity and enslave them to make a profit. Once Cassius sees this he needs to make a choice about whether he can reconcile his beliefs with the paycheck he is getting until it gets even more personal than that.

Verdict:

Sorry to Bother You is a brilliant directorial debut by Boots Riley. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Grave of the Flies (1988)

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