There are officially 93 days until Halloween is here and 63 days until we begin the latest edition of Eddie’s 31 Days of Halloween. So, I basically couldn’t wait to review another horror film so I chose to watch The Uninvited for today. Anna Ivers (Emily Browning) has been in a mental institute for quite some time after the tragic death of her mother. She is finally ready to return home to her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) and her father (David Strathairn), but when she gets home, things are a little off. Her father is now in a relationship with her mother’s former nurse Rachel (Elizabeth Banks) and she is being visited by her mother who seems to be warning her about something. So, Anna begins to suspect that there is something that Rachel isn’t telling her dad so she starts to investigate. The film also stars Maya Massar (The Cabin In The Woods) as Mom, Kevin McNulty (Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer) as Sheriff Emery, Jesse Moss (Tucker and Dale Vs Evil) as Matt, Dean Paul Gibson (Hector and the Search For Happiness) as Dr. Silberling, Heather Doerksen (The Cabin In The Woods) as Mildred, and the film was directed by The Guard Brothers.
Spoiler Alert: I am just taking the time to warn you that this paragraph may contain some spoilers so continue if you dare. At first the film is like any other typical teen horror film with some ghosts in it who haunt our main star, but for me it’s the end of the film that has my talking. There is a very cool twist at the end that I honestly did not see coming and I lied how they did that to me because I probably should have seen it coming. The whole film they are suspecting that Rachel isn’t who she says she is so they dig deeper thinking that she is some black widow type person, but the end of the film just says screw you, it’s not what you think. Elizabeth Banks does such an amazing job in the film making you believe that she is some psycho that wants complete and utter control until you find out the truth. The only thing I’ll say about the end of the film is that it has a fight club kind of ending if you catch my drift. If not, just watch it for yourself and you’ll see. David Strathairn seems ti be in a lot of films that I have reviewed lately, but that’s because he is amazing and versatile. The scenes with the visions and the ghosts can be kind of spooky at times, but not really. It’s not the best horror film I have ever seen, but it’s a decent one to check out at leas once. So, I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.
Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) is really becoming one of my favorite actresses in the comedy world. I have enjoyed for the most part a lot of her films so it was only natural to want to watch and review her latest offering in The Boss where she served as a writer, producer, and star. For Michelle Darnell (McCarthy), life hasn’t always been that easy for her after a life of being tossed around in the foster child care system. She vowed to change her life for the better and she did just that as Darnell became a millionaire. Now, I didn’t say that she became a millionaire from just hard work, but those things she did will come back to haunt her as a former colleague Renault (Peter Dinklage) screws her and she lands in jail and loses everything. Now with the help of a former employee named Claire (Kristen Bell), she will try to rise to prominence once again in a different kind of business. The film also stars Ella Anderson (Unfinished Business) as Rachel, Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil) as Mike, Kathy Bates (Misery) as Ida, Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live) as Dana, Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers) as Scout Leader Sandy, Timothy Simons (The Interview) as Stephan, Eva Peterson as Crystal, Annie Mumolo (This Is 40) as Helen, and the film was directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy).
As I said above, Melissa McCarthy is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses in comedy. I heard a lot of mixed reviews from people before I went to the theater to check it out for myself and for the people bad mouthing it, what are you talking about? There are so many scenes in the film that McCarthy has me laughing hysterically. I honestly felt bad for the people in the theater that had to put up with me. I don’t know what people are expecting from her in this film, but I was thoroughly entertained which is what a comedy is supposed to do. Melissa’s interactions with the rival girl scout troupe mother is hilarious and Peter Dinklage was amazing too. The film having Peter Dinklage was the icing on the cake that was already a good film. There is a fight scene in the film between the two troupes that you have to check out because it was one of my favorite moments in the film. Another great scene in the film was the interaction between Tyler Labine’s character with the security guard in Renaults building. That was an unexpected, but amazing laugh. In my opinion, every single person in this film served their purpose and played their roles the way they were supposed to. While I agree that this may not be the best Melissa McCarthy film (cause The Heat is still the best in my opinion), this ranks up there with the best of them. I think you all should go and check it out because the film is exactly what it is, a comedy. That is why I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.