Review – Mr. Right (2016)

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cse9mux75cvcxwhn1c4gm88lfsvI still have yet to watch a movie released in 2017, but as the year progresses, I continue my knowledge in ’16 films. Today, I review a movie that I never really saw much advertisement for, but I was always interested in checking it out because I’m a fan of both Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick – the two of them together in a film seems like a match made in heaven. However, the question remains, is he – as the film suggests – Mr. Right?

After a going through a painful break up, a woman meets a man who appears to be perfect for her. However, as their relationship develops, she learns that he is a former hit-man. Their new, but genuine relationship is tested even further as they try to save each other after his dark past comes back to haunt him. – IMDb

PEOPLE
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

 

  1.  Good Acting: ★☆
    • Traditionally speaking, comedies often lack in the acting department. You don’t normally see a ton of comedies getting nominated for best actor or actress, so unsurprisingly, the acting wasn’t the greatest here, either. As with typical comedies like this (if you want to get into specifics), acting is over-the-top in order to be considered “funny”.
  2.  Good Characters: ★★
    • The characters, on the other hand, are sort of hilarious. Look, people often sacrifice their acting in order to play silly characters, and these specific silly characters was the pay-off of the acting sacrifice. These people are ridiculous…in a good way because I had a great time watching them.
  3.  Good Casting: ★★
    • As with the characters, and as I’ve mentioned in my intro, I love Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, and the idea of them playing opposite of each other seemed like a perfect idea. Their quick and sarcastic wit really matches each other, and in a way, I don’t think anyone else could provide – so yes, I believe they truly played to their advantage here. The casting was perfect for the leads, and as for everyone else, Tim Roth did a great job as always, but in the end, those three folks were the most important of roles, which brings me to the next subcategory.
  4.  Good Importance: ★☆
    • While this also happens with a lot of comedies, that’s not necessarily always the case, either. The importance of the characters was severely lacking. Other than Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, the most important character was Tim Roth. The rest of the cast of characters was so weak that their importance was almost negative in nature. You’re talking about characters that are so two-dimensional and flat, you can basically just call them Dumb Henchman #1 and #2.
  5.  Good chemistry: ☆
    • Nothing to see here, which is really unfortunate. This is a romantic comedy in some respect, so the chemistry between the two leads was mostly expected. Certainly when you are talking about Kendrick and Rockwell, who both have the same basic sense of humor. Their humor was in tune, but their romantic chemistry was nonexistent. If that weren’t bad enough, literally nobody else had chemistry, either. Not Kendrick’s friends, not the henchmen with each other or with the leads. Not Tim Roth with anyone…everything lacked here.

WRITING
★★★★★★★★★☆

 

  1.  Good Dialogue: ★★
    • Now, this is a plus that not all comedies achieve, dialogue writing, but something I’m glad Mr. Right was able to achieve. As I said before, Kendrick and Rockwell are both quick-witted and say the most obnoxiously random and hilarious things…which, in my opinion, warrants a full two stars. The entire movie was filled with that dialogue, so…absolutely.
  2.  Good Balance: ★☆
    • Weirdly enough, this isn’t what comedies usually struggle with. A good, balanced story is easily found in comedies. Even in the worst comedies, that’s sometimes their one redeeming factor. For some reason, Mr. Right was a little all over the place in regards to story balance. It got a little over-ambitious in terms of villains, which because they are all flat characters, blended together. Not only that, but the narrative arc structure was just plain weird…and I’ll get into that a bit later.
  3.  Good Story: ★★
    • Well, let’s take a logical look at the story. It’s ridiculous, unrealistic, and over-the-top…but it’s great. Two sarcastic people, one’s a killer with a moral code that kills the person who hired the hit, the other’s just a girl thrown into the middle of it, but not necessarily against it, either.
  4.  Original: ★★
    • I’ve see hitman stories, even comedic ones like Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Killers, and the like…but those films have a type of humor that’s a little different, first of all, and the overall idea of the hitman angle was dealt with differently here, especially about the moral code part. I thought that was new, and it certainly felt original.
  5.  Interesting: ★★
    • These last three subcategories really go hand-in-hand. It’s a good, original story that interesting at the same time. The story, the characters, the actors…all of it, even individually speaking, are interesting enough things to interest me for the film…but when the action starts, I’m hooked for sure.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES
★★★★★★★★★☆

 

  1.  Visuals: ★★
    • I was unsure about this subcategory…visuals. There’s not really any great scenery, no real effects, so why did I give this two stars? Well, a lot of the shots looked good in a way I don’t really understand. I had a good time…watching this movie. A big part of that had to do with the excellent choreography when it came to the fight sequences, but there was more to it than that. That means whoever the director of photography is – good job.
  2.  Directing:
    • Alright, like I said before, we had some unbalanced story work going on. I mean, the script was partially to blame, I’m sure, but it’s a director’s job to untangle the script for the screen, so to speak…and it more or less looked like the director didn’t know what he was doing, and just followed the script like a recipe…no creativity at all. One star.
  3.  Editing: ★★
    • The editing, on the other hand, picked up some of the slack that the director left. There was some gracefully awesome sequences in the movie, action and otherwise, which was a definite plus. Two stars for editing!
  4.  Advertisement: ★★
    • As I watched Mr. Right, there were a few select things that I was looking for specifically because of the trailer, and most of them you’ll see below in the specialty category, but there was one thing I was waiting for throughout the entire movie and almost gave this one star because it wasn’t happening…and then it did, so this was bumped up to two.
  5.  Music: ★★
    • Now, the score wasn’t incredible, but the song choices for a lot of the scenes and certain sequences were pretty darn good, and hard not too miss. That’s why I gave this two stars.

NARRATIVE ARC
★★★★★★★★★☆

 

  1.  Introduction: ★★
    • Here’s where things begin to get a little wonky. The narrative arc is the main reason why the film has a weird feeling of imbalance. You see, the introduction is clearly there. It takes its sweet time introducing the two main leads. That’s fine, the main issue comes from the inciting incident.
  2.  Inciting Incident/Crossing the Threshold: ★☆
    • Officially speaking, the inciting incident is why Anna Kendrick’s character meets Sam Rockwell’s character in a gas station, and the crossing of the threshold is officially when they start dating, which ultimately begins the main journey. That being said, when this happened in the film, it was so subtle that it just felt like part of the introduction, still. I truly believed that, because in the movie, Kendrick was ultimately going to figure out his assassin ways and join him – which to me, sounds like an inciting incident, doesn’t it? While that does happen, it’s just a bit obstacle more than anything. It almost feels like a secondary inciting incident, which movies don’t have.  So this was WONKY.
  3.  Obstacles: ★★
    • This was also wonky, but I can’t ignore that they were definitely obstacles. Her finding out about his career choice, joining him, constantly getting attacked by bad guys and the like…those were clear obstacles.
  4.  Epiphany/Climax: ★★
    • Okay, explosive climax which began with a pretty decent epiphany moment. Two stars here.
  5.  Falling Action: ★★
    • The falling action was short, but sweet. Like an introduction, showing you the old norm, the falling action shows you the new norm, and because it made perfect sense, I’m not arguing with it. Two stars.

OVERALL ENTERTAINMENT
★★★★★★★★☆☆

 

  1.  Rewatchability: ★★
    • Out of all the movies I’ve watched in 2017, so far, Mr. Right has won the most entertaining award. Stay calm, everyone, it’s only February, but 8/10 points is quite an accomplishment, as this is the hardest category to win. Anyway, the rewatchability subcategory gets a full two stars because I definitely consider this a rewatchable movie. I would actually seek it out to watch again, so two full stars.
  2.  Fun:
    • One of the most redeeming things about Mr. Right is that it is fun. It’s not technically the best movie in the world through all of the usual things focused on in film, but if this film has one positive thing – that would be how fun it is, and it is certain fun. Two stars.
  3.  Impulse to buy it: ★☆
    • Yes, I would buy this movie if I got the chance, and it wasn’t too over-priced as most movies are these days. I would buy a cheap digital copy, though. I wouldn’t mind owning this one.
  4.  Impulse to talk to someone about it: ★☆
    • Yes, I wouldn’t mind having a conversation about this film to someone. People probably don’t know the thing even exists, because of the lack of advertisement, but they need to know. It’s fun, funny, and has some really decent action to fill in the rest. It might even be in my running for best comedy of the year, honestly.
  5.  Sucks the audience in: ★★
    • Between the comedy, action, and witty characters, it’s hard for the audience not to get sucked into this. Two stars here, as well.

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COMEDY
★★★★★★★★★★

 

There are two main strengths in Mr. Right, the comedy, and the action. The comedy in question is ridiculous and sarcastic in nature, which are huge strengths that the leads are widely known for. They might not have the best chemistry in the world, but they are both in tune to their match strengths in comedy, so if it’s a thing, their sense of humors have chemistry. Because of that, the humor in this film is actually top notch. Two stars.

ROMANCE
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

 

When talking about advertisements for this film, the general thought behind Mr. Right was that it’ll be some kind of romantic comedy, and in a way, it is. The movie is truly about a relationship. However, due to the severe lack of any real chemistry, it’s impossible to give this category the full score. However, because the entire thing is about a relationship, I can’t ignore it, either. 5 stars.

ACTION
★★★★★★★★★★

 

As mentioned above, the second biggest strength of this film is the action. The action actually surprised me. There are some really phenomenally choreographed fighting scenes and shooting scenes, and there were a decent amount of them, as well. The only that would have made the action even better would be if Anna Kendrick fought alonside Rockwell, like in the avengers, but that’s more about visual appeal than anything. 10 stars for action.

ACTUALLY MR. RIGHT?
★★★★★★★★★★

 

This category is title-specific, which I’ll have sometimes. The expection and question is that Sam Rockwell’s character is, indeed, Mr. Right. In the film, not only is he “the right choice”, but he is also referred to as “Mr. Right”, because no one really knows his name, so that’s his nickname. So, even though this is a little silly, this category gets 10 points.

HALFWAY DECENT
★★★★★★★★★★

 

Finally, the final category – is Mr. Right halfway decent? I always consider if a movie is halfway decent, because movies need to be recognized for the effort they put in, in general. So how bout it? Is this movie halfway decent? Yes, it’s more than halfway decent, but whatever. 10 full stars here.

RATING: 86/100

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