A surprisingly fun comedy.
Comparisons will be made with Liar, Liar which also stars Jim Carrey as a man unable to say a lie, whereas in this he's a man unable to say no.
Over the past decade, Carrey has tried to shy away from the rubberface act which made him famous, but it returns in effect here with his best out-and-out comedy film since Bruce Almighty.
He begins the movie as an introverted recluse (yes, really) who attends a seminar and is empowered to go an entire year saying yes to any question or request so his life will change for the better. A sweet relationship develops with Zooey Deschanel and the movie does have a good share of both funny and sweet moments.
I won't say this is Carrey's best movie of his funniest performance. It's all pretty much more of the same.
Zooey Deschanel is kooky and adorable though. I just think she's ace (I certainly wouldn't say no to her).
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (15)
D: Lynne Ramsay
Amazon/Film4/BFI/Why Not (Rosa Attab, Pascal Caucheteux, James Wilson & Lynne Ramsay)
UK/France/USA 2017 (released 2018)
W: Lynne Ramsay [based on the novel by Jonathan Ames]
DP: Thomas Townend
Ed: Joe Bini
Mus: Jonny Greenwood
Joaquin Phoenix (Joe), Ekaterina Samsonov (Nina Votto), Alex Manette (Albert Votto), John Doman (John McCleary), Judith Roberts (Joe's Mother)
To call this film an arthouse version of Taxi Driver wouldn't be too far off the mark. Both films deal with troubled loners who rescue underage girls from a life of prostitution, but this is vastly different when you scratch beneath the surface.
Joaquin Phoenix won the Best Actor at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal as Joe, a war veteran suffering from PTSD and painkiller addiction, haunted by his an abusive childhood and working as a hired gun to rescue young girls from similar fates. He undertakes a job to rescue a senator's daughter, and becomes embroiled in a deeper conspiracy.
It's a film unlike anything else you'll see, with the real story happening on the dual layer, unveiling Joe's relationship with his mother being the real story of an abusive childhood, with almost everything else being a flight of fantasy happening within his mind.
It's not a film for everyone, and even if you are a fan of arthouse films, there's a chance you'll finish the film scratching your head and wondering what the hell you've just watched.
Joaquin Phoenix delivers an excellent performance, while Jonny Greenwood's jarring music also deserves a lot of credit. The film itself is very much an acquired taste.
THE YOUNG VICTORIA (PG)
D: Jean-Marc Vallée
Momentum/GK Films (Martin Scorsese, Graham King, Timothy Headington & Sarah Ferguson)
W: Julian Fellowes
DP: Hagen Bogdanski
Ed: Jill Bilcock & Matt Garner
Mus: Ilan Eshkeri
PD: Patrice Vermette
Cos: Sandy Powell
Emily Blunt (Queen Victoria), Rupert Friend (Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha), Miranda Richardson (The Duchess Of Kent), Mark Strong (Sir John Conroy), Jim Broadbent (King William IV), Paul Brittany (Lord Melbourne), Harriet Walter (Queen Adelaide)
This historical drama focuses on the early days Queen Victoria's reign, as she is bound by a political rule that she sits as a regent until she comes of age, as well as focusing on her blossoming relationship with Prince Albert, whom she would subsequently marry and have children with.
This historical romantic drama has fine attention to period detail, especially with the Oscar-winning costumes, and boasts a wonderful performance by lead Emily Blunt. The story, however, has been relocated from other period pieces into the opulent palaces of royalty. It's practically a BBC miniseries with a bigger production budget. It also fails to mention anything of Victoria's addition to cocaine.
Still, it will be very well received by those who like these kinds of movies.