I was sick with the flu so I splurged on Amazon Prime, because that is what the modern human does. I saw some movies through a screenwriter/scriptreader perspective and some impressed me, some did not.
I saw 4 movies: Spectre (a James Bond movie; here is the review), Sisters (with Tina freakin’ Fey), The Internship (with Owen Wilson) and The Boss, which I will be discussing today.
If I had no idea that Spectre was a Bond movie, I would have probably said PASS on that screenplay. The same with The Boss. Or RECOMMEND some massive re-writes!
The Boss, or Melissa McCarty wearing a turtleneck for no apparent reason
Overall, the movie was ok, but had a horrible fight scene at the end. I don’t know how Peter Dinklage found that acceptable. Shame on you, Peter! (still ❤ you!). Then again, it was right up Melissa McCarthy’s alley. Her A-list title and her acting saved the not-so-awesome screenplay which she co-wrote.
The Boss is an American Comedy filled with fart-jokes, and when I say that I do not mean literal farts. A fart-joke in a movie is to me a very poor, sometimes badly placed, funny element, who would make idiots laugh, but to the normal audience it just feels out-of-place. One example is MM’s character tests a pull-out couch, but the strings backfire and smashes MM against the wall. The point of that? Have no idea.
Let’s do the laurasgotzthis ABCs:
A(action): I loved it. The opening scene after the Teaser was mind-blowing! MM on a freaking flying, burning… what was that? A lion? Brilliant. It had a lot of funny elements, some better than others. I liked the vibe the action sometimes had, filled with female empowerment. There was also a twisted live story in there, but I am not going to rob you of the joy of finding what that was on your own!
The MAJOR flaw was the final fight scene, when MM and Tyrion Lannister play it out with actual ninja swords! The F? Why? WHY!? Totally ruined it for me. I was going to give it a A– because of the fart-jokes, but after that scene, the movie is a B- at best.
B(boom): Yes! MM loses everything – her money, friends and credibility! Awesome motivation to change your life around. Or is it…?
C(character): A lot of comedies do not focus on character development that much. The Boss is different. It gives a ”family movie” kind of feeling to it because of it. You get each character’s motivation and you can relate to them. I loved how the movie was female dominated and that MM played a very strong, however flawed, woman. + great acting, from all of the actors (including the funny guy who played in REAPER; why did they cancel that show!?)
D(dialogue): Sometimes there was a lot of conversational/pointless dialogue, which I think Americans use to show character. No. It does not work. I bet people can find more clever ways to do it.
E(education): Yes! Women can kick ass in business. Women should take risks, like Kristen Bell, aka. Veronica Mars, did in this movie – a single mom quitting her job to start her own company and finally taking a chance on the nice guy at the office. Be assertive! Be a Darnell’s Darling!
I recommend this movie to feminists who want to have a good time 😀 It is not going to be the best movie of the year, but it will bring out some laughs and the acting is great!
Have fun and I would love to hear your view on this movie!
The Boss (an American Comedy)