Aquaman has only been in theaters around the world for over a month, but the blockbuster comic book movie has already crossed the $1 billion mark. It’s the first DC Extended Universe movie to reach that box office milestone, and it’s only the 37th film in history to cross that threshold. Who would have thought it would be DC’s most mocked superhero making this achievement?
However, even though Aquaman now has over $1.02 billion for its worldwide box office haul, the past weekend’s domestic haul of $17.6 million wasn’t enough to take the top spot. Instead, The Upside starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston exceeded analysts expectations by earning $19.59 million and landing at the top of the charts, dethroning the King of Atlantis. Read More »
Putting it bluntly, it’s difficult to get excited anytime Hollywood wants to trot out a narrative on disabilities nowadays, especially as someone born and living with Muscular Dystrophy Type 2. They are stubbornly set on staying the feel-good course without necessarily saying anything meaningful or relevant. If you thought Green Book had nothing but safe and obvious observations, tackling race relations with the force of bopping someone on the head with your finger, well, the disabled community doesn’t currently have any better stories with movies like The Upside.
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Movies like The Upside come package-wrapped, with a painful and unavoidable sense of over-familiarity. It seems to exist less as a natural combination of talent, than as a way for a studio to check off a series of boxes. Based on a true story? Check. Featuring a comedian in a somewhat dramatic role? Check. Depicting an endearing but unexpected core relationship? Check. Including mismatched characters who come to a mutual understanding of respect after strife? Check. And a remake of a well-liked French film? More of a trend from the 1980s, but still: check.
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The 2011 French film The Intouchables gets an American remake with The Upside. Kevin Hart takes on a semi-dramatic role as an unemployed man who lands a job caring for a wealthy paraplegic, played by Bryan Cranston. And hey, Nicole Kidman is there too! The Upside has actually been finished for a while, having debuted at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. It will finally find its way to theaters in 2019. Watch The Upside trailer below.
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