Streaming In Between (Coal and Gems) – What Men Want
This was a Redbox on-demand purchase for just 1.99 during their special. We felt like it was worth the $2 rental and definitely held our attention through the film, and caused us to audibly chuckle a number of times. I am always a big fan of Taraji P Henson, Tracy Morgan (who feels like a carbon copy of his Tracy Jordan character from 30 Rock in this), and a number of the other supporting actors and actresses of the film.
This film’s shortcomings lay in its own design. This is a rom-com through and through, and the storyline, lessons learned, and the outcome is predictable from the viewing of the trailer. Just like its predecessor with Mel Gibson (What Women Want) the clichés, poor (cringe-worthy) choices/communication between characters and plot holes are abundant, but this one is still fun.
Don’t go out of your way to seek this flick out, but if you’re home on a rainy day and have nothing else to watch, it’s worth the few bucks for a few chuck (les)!
What Men Want – 5.5/10
This film was a fun rental from the local Redbox.
I love what this film does for equity in filmmaking for Asian filmmakers, the way Black Panther represented a stellar cast and crew of actors of color. The impact of that cannot be overstated. However, the film itself falls short in a number of categories that makes it feel drawn-out and trite.
I absolutely adore Constance Wu (The beloved matriarch, Jessica, from Fresh off the Boat), and think she did a great job in her role as Rachel Chu, as well as her counterpart Nick Young (played by Henry Golding). The supporting cast was also strong in conveying the over the top personality of their characters staunched in ritz. The set design, costumes, and props are utilized perfectly to create a beautiful world, outside of the bubble of normal society.
While this is a modern-day Cinderella (a classic genre) this film feels like it relied on the tropes and cliches a bit too heavily. The story plays out rather predictably (no spoilers here!) and the actions of certain characters are textbook for the genre.
This is worth a rental or bargain buy, and you should definitely enjoy it, but don’t expect a classic or your new favorite flick here.