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Den of Thieves & Game Night - Double Header Reviews

Greetings interwebs! What are you guys up to these days? Well, I've been passing my free time checking out movies that I missed watching and they're a few good ones out there that I cannot miss. I honestly love doing these Double Header Reviews only because of the fact that I don't have to rush my reviews and take some time to analyze and contemplate before giving my thoughts to you guys. On this edition of Double Header Reviews, I'll be talking about two films which garnered a positive response from the audience and the critics when they're released, one of them is the Gerald Butler starrer Den of Thieves and the next one is Game Night starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

As always, let's see how well these films were received critically and commercially. Den of Thieves made 79.9 million worldwide with a production budget of 30 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 41%. Maze Runner: The Death Cure made 114.1 million worldwide from its 37 million production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 82%. 

"Den of Thieves" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3/5

Directed by Christian Gudegast, Den of Thieves is a heist film and tells the story about two gangs, one is the police team led by a cocky and an arrogant Detective in Gerard Butler and the other clan is a bunch of evil bank robbers who wipe out anything in their way to get the job done. As the two teams face-off, we get a series of exhilarating action sequences mixed with storylines which are generic at the least. 

As expected and stated earlier, the action scenes in the film deliver, they're breathtaking, loud and a lot of fun to watch. But, the subplots with Gerard Butler's family was lackluster as the film doesn't explore anything new in the genre as I felt like I've seen this film a bunch of times before. 

Nevertheless, I like when a film makes a city or a town as a character and displays it with real authenticity and there's a lot to enjoy in Den of Thieves. Surely a rainy night rental.

"Game Night" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who are rumored to direct the upcoming Flash movie in the DC Universe, Game Night is an action-comedy film starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in the lead roles. The storyline is about a group of friends who get together for a game night as things quickly go wrong because of the nature of the game and how its conceived. 

Advancing to the comedic aspects, this was by far the funniest movie I've seen in a very long time. The jokes are not generic or cheap, the writers delivered with clever writing skills as they worked every single time. Not only the comedic sequences, the storyline was also very crisp, fast-paced and engaging throughout the runtime. Therefore, despite it's few occasional flaws, the film was highly entertaining to watch. 

The performances from the Bateman and McAdams were great as they're hilarious, charming and likable as the weird competitive couple. But, Jesse Plemons as the super-creepy next door neighbor was extremely amusing, he stole every single scene he's in and is the stand-out of the entire movie.

Overall, Game Night is funny, entertaining and is a total blast and honestly is one of the best comedies of the past two years. Watch it ASAP!

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Bad Words – Movie Review

Verdict – “Bad Words spells almost everything correctly.”

‘Bad Words’ is the directorial debut of Jason Bateman who also stars in it as a 40 year old proof reader, who after finding a loophole in the rules of a national level Spelling Bee, competes against 8th graders to exact his revenge and win the competition.

Being a huge Jason Bateman fan mainly from the cult show ‘Arrested Development’, I was immensely excited for this movie. Guy(Jason) is a raunchy, idiotic, cocky and egocentric man who is willing to do anything and everything to win the competition. To put it simply, he is one of the most terrible human beings on Earth who does not hold back even from playing dirty mind games with 10 year olds.

Jenny (Kathryn Hahn), an online writer, is the sponsor of Guy Trilby. She tries to help him in any way possible but also has a lot of hatred for him. Kathryn Hahn’s performance was genuinely very funny. Just one gripe about her character is that, she was not used up to her optimum extent.The development which her character goes through during the course of the movie does not hold up till the end and she slowly fades away.

Out of all the performances, the one performance which holds strong against Jason Bateman’s performance is Rohan Chand who plays a 10 year old Indian contestant named Chaitanya Chopra. He was the perfect contrast to Jason’s sour character.

Bad Words did not have the perfect story arc. It was a bit irrational during its second act since the things which the characters were trying to do during this second act did not have anything to do with the situation they were in. The climax also was not completely satisfying.

The screenplay turned this pitch black comedy into something which has a lot of heart and soul to it, this movie was trying to be something else which it clearly wasn’t. The kind of emotional impact that the Director wanted his audience to feel in the end was not delivered in the perfect way.

In spite of having a few glitches here and there, this movie will manage to give you a lot of good laughs and you will have a great time with it. It is great as a casual watch, you can just sit back and enjoy it without any worries.

Bad Words indeed has a lot of Bad Words in it so be careful who you pitch it to or who you watch it with.

My Rating – 3.5/5 | Grade – B+
-By Chinmay Chawade (@ChinmayChawade)

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