Michelle Yeoh

Boss Level (2021)

Boss Level (2021)

Director:

Joe Carnahan

Writers:

Chris Borey

Eddie Borey

Joe Carnahan

Starring:

Frank Grillo

Naomi Watts

Michelle Yeoh

Will Sassa

Mel Gibson

Blurb:

A retired Special Forces officer is trapped in a never-ending time loop on the day of his death.

Review:

Boss Level snuck in under my radar and I didn’t know it was even a thing until I was mindlessly scrolling through Hulu. It was a victim of COVID and despite costing $45 million ended up on Hulu and not in theaters. It was an entertaining action movie with the added bonus of the repeating day trope. Someone at Hulu seriously loves that trope and I am all about it. More, please!

Anyway, an incredibly dehydrated Frank Grillo does a great job portraying an ex-military man stuck in a loop where he dies every day. He has no idea what’s going on at first and spends the first 80 or so loops just fighting to survive before he tries to figure out what’s going on.

Surprisingly, Naomi Watts is also in this film. I was not expecting that, though, she isn’t in the movie a huge amount. She’s Grillo’s ex and the mother of his child. She also doesn’t seem to understand PTSD and just wants him to go back to being the man she loved before all the military killing and whatnot. It doesn’t go into his military background, much, so that’s just an assumption on my part.

Mel Gibson was a good bad guy, which makes sense considering who he is in real life.

The biggest surprise, for me, was Will Sasso being the heavy henchman. I’ve only ever seen him in comedic roles and while this wasn’t a super serious role it was definitely not a comic relief character.

Michelle Yeoh was in Boss Level as well. I’m so happy with her current popularity. She’s popping up in so many movies that I watch and enjoy. I will always love seeing her.

Boss Level was a nice break from my movie re-watch and I’m glad I checked it out.

3.5/5

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Netflix Movie

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Director:

Navot Papushado

Writers:

Navot Papsuhado

Ehud Lavski

Starring:

Karen Gillan

Joanna Bobin

Lena Headey

Paul Giamatti

Carla Gugino

Angela Bassett

Michelle Yeoh

Chloe Coleman

Blurb:

Three generations of women fight back against those who could take everything from them.

Review:

It’s been a couple of weeks since I watched Gunpowder Milkshake. I needed time to let it percolate. I know that I enjoyed the movie, but I’m not sure how much. In parts, it reminded me of John Wick, but Sam was a little off. I’m not sure why and I’m trying to pinpoint it. She’s very good at being an assassin. She’s damaged because her mother left her at a young age. She’s capable, but still learning. She’s been doing her job for quite some time and is feared by her coworkers because of how good she is, however she still flounders in places. She’s not perfect and John Wick is, for the most part. Maybe that’s it?

Michelle Yeoh is amazing and I love her in everything. I was so happy to see her in this. I loved each of the matriarchs, with the exception of Sam’s mom, Scarlet. The lore was interesting and similar to John Wick, but female-led, which I liked.

I think what I disliked the most was that Sam ends up “killing” a person, but not really, and I didn’t like that. She’s supposed to be a “good guy” and even though she didn’t technically kill the person, she still kind of did. If she was the caliber of professional she was supposed to be I feel like she could have avoided the issue, but I could be expecting too much.

I always enjoy a child sidekick, so I had no issues with Emily. I do know that some people don’t like that, so be forewarned. Chloe Coleman plays a similar character to the one she played in My Spy, though, somehow more innocent.

I’m going to need to watch Gunpowder Milkshake again before I can come to a final opinion. It’s at least 3.5 stars, but it could be more.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Director:

Jon M. Chu

Starring:

Constance Wu

Henry Golding

Michelle Yeoh

Gemma Chan

Plot:

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.

Review:

This should have been called Obscenely Wealthy Asians. I feel like crazy rich doesn’t do it justice.

Rachel, Constance Wu, has been in a relationship with Nick, Henry Golding, for over a year and is pretty much smitten. He’s gorgeous and nice and intelligent and honestly what more could you want? He’s the total package, when he asks her to come to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore she agrees, knowing that she’s going to meet his family.

Nick is absurdly naïve when it comes to the meeting of the family. It is ridiculously obvious that he should have better prepared Rachel for this meeting and because of it she had several setbacks and potential setbacks that could have easily been avoided. Why he was such a dunce, not sure, his excuse was he didn’t care about those things and he didn’t think she would either. It’s a shit excuse and his gorgeous sister, Gemma Chan, kind of calls him on it as well as Rachel.

Rachel rises to the occasion and shows just how intelligent and amazing she is, and Nick eventually proves that he’s probably worth all the hassle. The problems weren’t really resolved so I’ll be interested to see if there’s a sequel, but for now we’ve got a nice little happily ever after bow.

Gemma Chan delivers one of the best burns ever at the end of this movie. The entire theater reacted when I watched. It was awesome.

Crazy Rich Asians was a unique romcom that still hit all the marks that I expect and need.

4/5