Monday, June 15, 2015

Movie Reviews: “San Andreas,” “Spy” & "Love and Mercy”

   San Andreas
   Rated PG-13

Ray (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), a search and rescue helicopter pilot, along with his estranged wife, search for their daughter after a magnitude 9 earthquake strikes.  Will they find her or will they become victims themselves?

Though it was hard to see my former state leveled by an earthquake, San Andreas was a fun movie to see.  Its special effects are amazing, and Dwayne Johnson is so likeable that it’s impossible to dislike San Andreas.

   Rated R

Meek, mild-mannered Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a CIA support analyst.  When all field agents’ identities are compromised, she becomes a deep undercover operative who searches for a weapons dealer.  But will Susan’s lack of experience lead to her demise?

Maybe I was just in the right mood, but I thought Spy was a hilarious, fun movie.  Melissa McCarthy was just the right combination of inept and bad ass to be entertaining, and her supporting cast (Jude Law as debonair agent Bradley Fine, Jason Statham as dim bulb Rick Ford and Rose Byrne as Rayna Boyanov, a woman who says the first thing that comes to her mind) is outstanding.  If you’re looking for entertainment, I highly recommend seeing Spy.

   Love and Mercy
   Rated PG-13

Love and Mercy is based on the true story of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, showcasing his musical genius and subsequent descent into mental illness.  Paul Dano plays the younger Wilson while John Cusak portrays Wilson in middle-age.  Paul Giamatti is Dr. Eugene Landy, Wilson’s unconventional psychiatrist, while Elizabeth Banks is Melinda Ledbetter, Brian’s love interest.  With its stellar cast, fascinating story and mesmerizing music, Love and Mercy is a top-notch film!

Since I was raised in Southern California, I grew up loving the Beach Boys, despite the fact they were a previous generation’s music.  In Love and Mercy, I sang along with every song, and it was spell-binding to see Wilson’s musical thought process and creative genius.  Though it was a bit sad to see how much he suffered, I feel better knowing his story.  Even if you’re not a Beach Boys fan, I think you’ll enjoy Love and Mercy.

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