Snapshots - #35: Marshall, American Made, The Glass Castle

The movies…
Marshall (♦♦♦♦): Black lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is entrusted by the NCAAP to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) in Greenwich, CT, who has been accused of rape by his white employer. As Marshall is not allowed by the judge as legal counsel because he doesn't hold a CT license, he engages, reluctantly on both sides, the service of Jewish insurance lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), whom, with Marshall's help, will have to acquire criminal defense experience in a matter of months. But as the case is tried in court, it becomes evident that it is anything but cut and dry. Powerfully acted by Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown in the leading roles, Marshall treads a fine line between inspiring legal thriller and drama. On both counts it delivers in spades. Based on a true story, with race and bigotry fueling public opinion, before the apogee of the Civil Rights Movement, this accused black man is doomed from the start. A full century…

Knight and Day (♦♦♦)

At the airport, on her way to her sister’s wedding, June (Cameron Diaz) bumps twice into a handsome stranger (Roy, Tom Cruise). What are the odds? Supposedly, she can’t use the ticket that she just bought because the flight is full; however, she manages to get on board and realizes that there are only few people traveling. She strikes a conversation with Roy, decides to make her move on him, and that’s when things start to get strange and complicated. Several dead people and a crash landing later, she wakes up in her house as if nothing had happened, but everything starts to fall apart when federal agents appear to pick her up.

I do like Tom Cruise acting. I’m probably one of the few people who say that, but with this movie I would likely ask for a refund of my time and money, if those were allowed. What can I say about this film? It is all about explosions, chases, secret agents of even more secret agencies, all in the name of a battery that is “the biggest energy source since the sun,” and that’s one of the most unbelievable lines in this erratic movie.

I always wondered about Tom Cruise not making out with co-stars in the movies he stars in, well, that modesty, if that’s what it is, is thrown to the wind here; he kisses Cameron Diaz repeatedly, but so coldly, that it’s impossible to buy that they may actually like each other. I only chuckled twice in two hours and those were the times when Cameron Diaz realizes she is wearing a bikini that she didn’t put on herself; the other time was the ending because she told him the same line he had used with her.

I didn’t hate this movie, or loved it. I just didn’t care and that’s the reasoning behind the three stars.


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