Category: Comedy

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

Film critics feel it’s a sequel that was never asked for, yet no one can deny that Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again turns out to be serenely fun. The fun-packed piece of cinema is carefully crafted to ensure no one regrets their trip to the theatre and if you enjoy youthful dancing, fluffy music, and jukebox style filming the sequel is a pragmatic diversion from reality many would enjoy.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again picks up quite a few years after the events that made the first film such a hit. By now Donna, previously Meryl Streep’s character has passed away and Sophie, her daughter, played by Amanda Seyfried, is completing work on the impressive Bella Donna Hotel based on a picture-perfect island. Both dads (Andy Garcia and Pierce Brosnan) are invited to the opening of the Bella Donna Hotel. As the preparations take shape, Sophie’s thoughts hark back to the time when her mother first came to the island and then decided to make it her home. (a younger version of her mother played by Lilly James). Meryl Streep’s absence is felt, especially her shenanigans which made the first film so much fun apart from the musicals. Her presence is brought back via photographs, and Lilly James does great in mimicking the mannerisms of Streep in the first film.

Mama Mia A Proven Formula for Success

The successful formula that made the first film so popular by injecting songs into the film every two minutes remains unchanged. However, this time the new director Ol Parker (known for writing Exotic Marigold Hotel) adds some vigour and energy that seems enough to update and show the passage of time, and at the same time works as a throwback. The choreography and music are overwhelming, and the story beats predictable, which makes it impossible not to be swayed away by the good-natured intention of the film.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is again a fantastic watch for Abba fans, and this time all the hits notably absent from the first film is added in full blast. What adds even more to the fun and enjoyment element of the film is the frenetic pace Director Parker executes everything to ensure dull moments are eclipsed by show-stopping numbers, greater and more frantic than the previous. The film tells of another woman with man troubles as well as cascading all-encompassing conflict that comes as no surprise. While everyone loves Brosnan, he still can’t sing, and it remains hilarious, while the number of familiar faces offers a familiarity that is comforting. The collection of charming actors paired with Abba’s music is well worth seeing, while it the Swedish pop band, Abba reached the top 5-spot on the Billboard 200 album chart again due to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Set It Up

Set It Up

Set It Up

A 2018 romance/comedy of the Corporate world, two Personal Assistants (PAs) hatch a plan to set their bosses up so that they could gain free time for themselves. Being PAs to high-powered bosses, regularly entailed them having to work for horrendous ours and being prepared, one step ahead of their bosses at all times, which they never really were. They did learn the intimate likes and dislikes of their bosses however, and could predict their moves, which was how they were able to strategically concoct a plan to have them meet and date.

The movie portrays the reality of some members of society today. Women are so caught up in their job that they fail to form a tight bond with a partner who they consider to be good enough for them. Men on the other hand, are always seeking an opportunity to take revenge, treating women as though they are possessions for them to acquire and do not bother to take the time to understand their feelings. Having a PA to some corporate bosses means that they do not have to remember such insignificant details, or what they consider to be insignificant, which is really very significant to maintain their relationships.

Harper is the PA to a pioneering sports reporter, Kristen, and wishes that she could learn enough from her to write her own articles. Charlie is the PA of Rick, a nutty venture capitalist executive, and hopes to climb the corporate ladder to a cushy Analyst role in the company. Using their knowledge, the PAs get their bosses to meet in the most uncanny situations that force them to come together, and then send each of them gifts, making them believe that they both shared a mutual interest in each other. The two PAs enjoy their own life, Harper finally dating someone and Rick finally having enough time to spend with his girlfriend.

Kristen, a boss who walks her floor with a speaker phone, becomes very friendly and charming to deal with when things are going well with her love-life but soon returns to square one when things go awry. Rick however, two-times Kristen by secretly having an affair with his ex. Which literally makes no sense because he and Kristen decide to get married. Harper finds out tells her boss the truth, only to be fired and her boss refusing to budge. A couple years senior to Harper, Charlie discovers his human empathy a lot later than her, resulting in him finally standing up to his boss and quitting his job.

The story itself is very predictable, and it is not a movie that you would swoon over. From the course of events that unfolds, you can easily see that the PAs, Harper and Charlie, end up falling for each other. It does however, please the fans of this genre as they get their happy ending and familiar, yet enjoyable experience. This movie is a step in the revival of romance comedies that provide comfort food to its fans.

Maktub

Maktub

Maktub

Ever wondered how you can change the world for the better? This movie will tell you just that. Based in Jerusalem, two mobsters, Steve and Chuma, survive a terrorist attack and decides to become guardian angels. The movie starts with the gangsters visiting restaurants to sample and critique dishes, and collecting money for their boss. During one of their meals, they retreated to the restroom to discuss a particular stain found on the shirt of Steve, arguing that it was either a blood stain or a stain from concentrated pomegranate sauce. While there, a bomb went off in the restaurant, killing their security personnel, Kadaev, who held a case filled with money from the collections of the day. Discovering that they could safely leave the restaurant, unnoticed by anyone, they took the case of money and left through the back door.

Outside, they contemplated how they need to visit the Wailing Wall to give thanks that they are still alive and didn’t go ‘kaput’ like everyone else. The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem is a place where people would write wishes and leave it in the cracks of the walls. At the Wall, Steve discovers that Chuma cannot hear him and he has blood oozing out his ear. He pulls out a paper from the Wall and writes a message to Chuma. Steve visits his boss and tells him he and Chuma wants out of the business and leads the boss to believe that Kadaev ran off with his money. Trusting Steve, the boss starts his investigation to find Kadaev while Steve goes back to Chuma’s place and convince him that they take the money as part of their retirement fund, go to New York in America, and open a Fish Kebab truck with their friend Zadok.

Steve uses the same paper her took from the Wall to transcribe his idea to Chuma, who still has hearing issues. Chuma turns over the paper only to discover it was a wish from the Wailing Wall. Understanding that they could help the person who wrote the wish, they analyze the situation and come up with a solution, then set out to achieve their goal. Being successful and feeling he could do more, Chuma tries to convince Steve that this was their purpose. The next day, Chuma dresses as a woman so that he can retrieve a wish from the female section, to even the gender gap.

The movie itself establishes the underlying importance that when you do good deeds, you should not expect anything in return or request payment for it. As with Karma, what goes around comes around so if you do good, expect good to follow. It is a dark comedy, ensued from a near-death experience resulting in a change of heart, which is what usually happens in present day reality. The movie, while well-timed, required a little patience to watch it to the end. The underlying sub-plot unfolded in the end, and can be emotionally moving if you allow yourself to sink deep within the scripted scenes.

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding is a tale about true events, portrayed as a romantic comedy about an Muslim-Iraqi boy living in Australia. It starts off with Ali riding a tractor through a vineyard while being chased by the police, which is the basis of the story, why was Ali on the tractor. This movie reveals the situation of immigrants who went through war and poverty before they settled in Australia, where the children were either required to study well and become doctors, or, if not, they become taxi drivers. Needless to say, you may have to watch the movie a second time to grasp that it is a true story and not a make-believe comedy.

There are many elements in this story that are important and still happening today. The first element is the society. Ali was clearly loved by his community as was his father who was the cleric at the mosque. However, pressured by society, Ali lied about scoring high on his entrance exam for Medical University and even agreed to an arranged marriage, informally. The lie caused him to attend Medical University, unenrolled, for an entire year and the latter situation almost cost him his true love. Throughout the entire movie, Ali was not sure about anything, except the fact that he was in-love with an Egyptian-Lebanese-Australian girl named Dianne.

In Muslim culture, it was frowned upon to have females mingle with boys and most girls were denied a proper education because of this. Dianne was brilliant in her studies, scoring the highest percentile in their community on the Medical University entrance exam. Ali, who was admired by all and expected to do well, scored the lowest in the community. Ali influenced the father of Dianne to send her to University, promising that he would keep an eye on her. They became close and did not want their relationship to be wrong in the eyes of God so they performed a temporary marriage for a stipulated time, unbeknownst to their family. This is a common occurrence in the Muslim world even today.

Dianne however, did not know that Ali would be engaged to another and Ali, not wanting to hurt his parents, he did not come out and tell them no. He mentioned Dianne indirectly to his mother but when she refused to see things Ali’s way, he dropped the topic and continued with the two relationships. Ali’s father composed a comedy-play centered around Saddam Hussein, the former President of Iraq who caused them to flee the country. The group got invited to the United States (US) to perform but as soon as they landed, they were interrogated and deported back to Australia. Feeling downtrodden because his plan to live in the US and send for Dianne, had failed, was increased when he arrived home to find that his lie had been revealed.

In addition to Ali having to apologize to the community, his secret affair with Dianne was exposed. I would not give away the rest of the movie but it is a refreshing movie, not based upon the violence and war that is happening in the Muslim world today.