Review – Girls Trip (2017)

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girls-trip-598cb47830519Storytime, boys and girls. Sometimes, you have really strange conversations with mortgage lenders. For instance, when you’re hoping to hear back about what you qualify for, your mortgage lender sends you a random text message about how great Girls Trip is but has no new info for you quite yet. Now, this isn’t really a movie I’ve ever heard of before, probably because I’m not in the target audience…but hey…if my mortgage person says it’s great, then by George, I have an obligation to watch such a great movie, right? Let’s get into it.

“When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.” – Universal Pictures (IMDb)

Friends, to be brutally honest, there’s not really any plot in this film, which immediately sends red flags in my direction. How can this film be so wonderful if there’s hardly a point? Well, there are two things that are unquestionably important, and without these two things, the film would surely not survive. First of all, this is a movie about friends. A number of girls that are wildly different from one another but they all hold a common denominator that acts as their glue, maintaining their abilities to stay friends, even though sometimes you wonder if they’re maybe holding onto something that doesn’t realistically exist anymore. Two, these characters are definitely different enough for the film to actually be funny. Not only are they unique from one another, they take it a step further by stepping out of their element, trying to recall that inner childlike quality they used to have. These two things actually made a lot of the humor in the film stick and seem worthwhile, but without that real direction, it could never be as great as possible.

These are just my first impressions, though. Let’s break down Girls Trip to interpret the stars!

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TITLE – Girl’s Trip
Year – 2017
Genres – Comedy

PEOPLE SCORE – 7/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 2|Casting – 1|Importance – 1|Chemistry – 2

First up, we have the people category, starting off with the subcategory of acting. The acting was neither terrible or great, mostly typical and forgettable. These characters were diverse, unique, and most importantly, memorable. I think everyone did a fine job in the role, but that doesn’t mean they were the only actor for the job. In this film, there were characters that certainly held independent importance and purpose, but not enough. The main characters basically held the importance while everyone else sorta of blended together. Everyone in this film really worked well together. Their chemistry was off the charts.

WRITING SCORE – 5/10
Dialogue – 2|Balanced – 1|Story – 1|Originality – 0|Interesting – 1

Next up, we have the writing category, starting off with the dialogue, which was actually really well thought out. There’s a lot of memorable lines, and just the way people speak is hard to forget. Now, this film isn’t as well-balanced as it could’ve easily been. It loses its own focus here and there, making the film feel a little bit longer than it should normally feel. When it comes to the actual story, I can’t really say it’s the best. It’s got a few things here and there that I think a lot of people will enjoy, but it’s certainly not the greatest story ever told. Talk about an unoriginal film, though. Not only does it ‘feel’ like we’ve seen it before, I’m pretty sure we have at this point…and multiple times, at that. I’d say I was interested enough to watch the film, but as I watched the movie, my interested died down pretty rapidly and was gone before the film ended.

BTS SCORE – 6/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1

Next up, we’re taking a look at behind-the-scenes, starting with the visuals. In this case, the visuals were pretty standard and typical to what you’d expect. Nothing blows you away, nothing looks horrible, either. It is what it is, folks. Next, we’re taking a look at the directing, which slips by without you noticing it. That’s right, there wasn’t anything difficult or challenging for the director. They could’ve hired any director for the job and the movie would be exactly the same. Nothing challenging or difficult in the editor’s desk, either. They stitched the movie together just fine, but there’s nothing else to report here because even a kid could probably do it. As with most films, I consider this film to be exactly as advertised, which is good. There wasn’t anything fancy or memorable about the music. It was basically as good as it needed to be in order to keep the tone in place…and that’s what they did here, as well.

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 7/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 1|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 1|Falling Action – 1

Next up, we’re chugging right along into the narrative arc category, which is one of the easiest categories to score highly in. First up, we’re looking at the introduction, which did perfectly. By the inciting incident, we knew who everyone was, the basic setting, and what’s going on in these people’s lives. How about the inciting incident? It was okay, I’ll put it that way. It wasn’t really all that clear because you never really feel like there is a ‘never going back’ moment, but it is what it is. How were the obstacles? Totally fine. There were plenty of clear obstacles in the way, just as you’d come to expect. How was the climax? It was okay, a little anticlimactic overall because it didn’t feel like any culmination of everything else put together. Alright, so how was the falling action? Well, it started to calm things down a little bit, but other than that, not the best. You never get the sensation that they are returning to a new norm, so it’s not a complete falling action.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 4/10
Rewatchability – 1|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impulse/Talk – 0|Sucks Audience IN – 1

Okay, so was this movie as entertaining as it wanted to be? Let’s get into that. As far as rewatchability is concerned, I don’t know. I might watch it again if I was in the mood, but I don’t see myself looking for the film anytime soon. Is this a film I would consider fun while watching? Oh yeah, absolutely. Whatever technical problems the movie may or may not have, it is definitely fun, and that’s something no one can take away from it. Do I have any impulse to buy it? No way, Jose! What about talking to somebody about the film that hasn’t heard of it? I really have no impulse to tell anybody about it, honestly. Does this suck you in, though? Maybe in certain parts, but definitely not throughout.

SPECIALTY SCORE – 40/50
Friendship – 10|Comedy – 10|Concept – 5|Romance – 5|Halfway Decent – 10

Onto the specialty questions that I asked before seeing the movie. First of all, this is a friendship film, so how is the actual display of friendship? Without a doubt, this was probably one of its best attributes that held the film together, full points there. How about the comedy? The comedy was pretty funny, I have to admit. They go bold and beyond for these roles and it pays off. How about the concept? Well, we’ve seen the concept before…nothing was really new or fresh, but it was done fine enough, half points there. Also, it is defined as a romance, so what about that? Trust me, it’s not a romance. It has some interesting moments here and there when it came to breaking someone out of their shell, but for the most part, it’s more about the friendships, half points there. Was it halfway decent? I’ll give it that, yes, it was halfway decent.

TOTAL – 69/100

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