Film, Reviews
Jan 11, 2019

The Upside Movie Review

The Upside starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston in theaters now, will leave you with the motivation to do more and be a better person.

With the start of a New Year, so many of us make resolutions and look for inspirational notes to keep us moving forward. Which is exactly why you should check out The Upside.

The Upside is a remake of the 2011 Foreign Language Film, The Intouchables, which garnered rave reviews and numerous awards upon its release.  Based off a true story, it shows the unlikely  friendship of a parolee (Hart) who happens upon work as a caregiver for a billionaire quadriplegic (Cranston).  The relationship get off to a rocky start, but quickly forges into a friendship that is beneficial to both parties in more than one way.  Both men begin to see life in ways they never had, beyond their known circumstances.  Bryan Cranston is a seasoned veteran, he makes you forget you’re watching an actor play a role, because of his effortless ability to breath life into a character.  Kevin Hart flexes his comedic muscles with scripted and improvised lines that will keep you laughing. Hart keeps the storyline light, but also showed a more serious side in scenes letting us know that he is an emerging thespian, with the possibility of dramatic roles in his future.  Nicole Kidman rounds out the cast as Yvonne, a tough executive with a soft heart. Kidman has dominated the box office this year with both blockbuster features like: Aquaman and this awards season heart wrenching drama Boy Erased. Besides the never ending laughs throughout the film, there are also moments that tug at the heart strings.  You’ll find yourself introspective of your life as Hart and Cranston’s characters unfold on screen. You start to think about the resolutions you have made, followed by the excuses that are already creeping in on why things won’t work out. The Upside is based on a true story and both men currently remain friends. In life, steps are measured but rain or shine life still goes on.  You, too, begin to look at The Upside.