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Quick reviews of The Lovebirds (2020), Becky (2020), Force of Nature (2020) and You Should Have Left (2020)





In my opinion the following titles don't deserve proper reviews. Although one could be fooled or tricked to watch them anyway. And my goal is to advise you against it by sharing my thoughts about them.




The Lovebirds (2020)


When The Lovebirds was announced it looked like a film that was going to be comedy gold. I mean the premise seemed absurd but ideal for a fun chase film. Kumail Nanjiani did very well in a similar film called Stuber. So naturally I was psyched. But then I got to warch it and honestly I didn't laugh a single time. All the gags  amd jokes were horrible. Worst of all, almost every character acted like buffoons including the criminals. It also doesn't help that Kumail has very little or no chemistry with Issa Rae. I just didn't buy them as a couple. They were supposed to play a couple who had grown a little apart from each other and were mostly fighting. Now I think that is something most people could relate to and I would have liked to see them bicker and fight convincingly. Surely they could have drawn from their own past love affairs. It would have been hilarious. But somehow the delivery of both just wasn't there. 

Never ever watch this. A giant waste of your time!



Becky (2020)


Becky marks the debut of Kevin James as a villain. In the still images and the start of the film he sure looks the part. But did he convince? Not in the slightest. He just didn't bring what it takes to give you chills. I also think they should not have him be a leader of gang. He should have been on his own. Since at one point it feels like a more adult version of Home Alone. Or perhaps Kevin James just doesn't have the acting chops to play a cold blooded villain. Surprisingly Lulu Wilson as Becky outacted him in every way. Her character was unpredictable and ferocious. If you ask me they should have reversed their roles and the film would have been a hit. 

Becky is not that bad but it's not that good either. The sole reason to watch this is because of Lulu Wilson. 



Force of Nature (2020)


Now I was fully prepared for this to be a B film. But Mel Gibson rarely is in super bad films so I was encouraged. But oh boy! You have no idea how bad this film is. At first it looked like it was going to be Die Hard in a hurricane. That is totally something I would appreciate. 

Then very quickly it turned into Sharknado. There is this one scene which I can assure you, you won't see coming, but will make you burst into laughter. And if that was the intention then I could have appreciated that as well. Except it wasn't. Most of the cast have no clue what kind of film they are in and play their roles as if they are in some Shakespearean play. Ir was at this point I knew the film was never ever going to be able to redeem itself. 

The ninety minute film has some real pacing issues and after an hour or so I lost my patience. I just didn't care anymore. The only thing I wanted to know was finding out who the mystery guest was. I still haven't been able to figure that one out. I paused several times but even then it was hard to make out what it was supposed to be. So I fastforwarded to hopefully good parts but with none present I called it quits.

This film was met with some controversy since people believed it mocked the real life tragedy that was Hurricane Maria. Now it might be bad taste to have this be situated in Puerto Rico. Then again disasters like these happen all over the world and often. By that logic you would never ever be able to make a movie. Also I can't remember them mocking the tragic deaths of people. It was just used as a plot device to have a bunch of people confined to a certain place. Sure they could have chosen any other country where hurricanes or common. Still people really need to chill a little. But yes there are people getting mocked. And that is it's cast and the audience. 

You are lead to believe you are getting a solid B action film instead you get a slow, boring mess of a C film that never delivers.



You Should Have Left (2020)


From all the films reviewed here You Should Have Left is the best one. It does have some pacing issues. Although it is decent enough for what it is trying to do. Some say this one is predictable. But as someone who has watched a lot of thrillers and horrors I can say that this statement is ridiculous. The film keeps you guessing until the last twenty minutes. 

Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried give solid performances. Avery Tiiu Essex wasn't bad either. However her character kept calling Kevin Bacon's character baba which is an honorific term, of Persian origin, used in India and several West Asian and South Asian cultures. Baba is also the familiar word for "father" in many languages. If Theo (Kevin Bacon) and the girl were supposed to be from parts in the world where this is common then maybe it would not have annoyed me. But there is no explanation or indication why she keeps calling him baba. She does keep saying it ad nauseum which bothered me somewhat. I mean what is wrong with dad or daddy? 

While the film is compelling and mysterious it's not really scary. The weird house, some weird local characters and the atmosphere do add to the mystery elements but I personally would have liked it had it been more full on horror. I think the message at the end of the film would have had a much bigger impact. 

Like I said from all the films reviews this was the best and actually worth your time. That being said it's very forgettable. I wish we get past this corona crisis soon since I can't wait to see a good new film again.



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