Thursday, January 10, 2019

New in Theaters January 11, 2019 "The Upside"

The Upside
Starring: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman
Rated PG-13   

Bryan Cranston plays a quadriplegic who hires a man wih a criminal record to be his physical assistant.

Based on a true story and a remake of the 2011 French film “The Intouchables,” “The Upside” is a touching, albeit formulaic buddy picture, reminiscent of “The Bucket List.”

But being formulaic isn't always a bad thing if the film can offer a few surprises. And “The Upside” does have a few surprises, not least of which is an unexpectedly touching performance by Kevin Hart, who gives his character depth and vulnerability.

Bryan Cranston has a very hard job in this role as he is left with a few facial gestures and his voice to convey a broad spectrum of emotions. The combination of the two characters makes this film work.

Formula or not, “The Upside” is a feel good buddy picture and is worth the ticket price.

It gets a solid B and is rated PG-13.

P.S. If you haven't seen the original film, please do as it is a very rewarding experience. I have included the original trailer below.

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