The new movie, BROS, is the first gay romantic comedy made by a major Hollywood studio, and audiences not offended by LGBTQ+ characters will likely be entertained. Like any enjoyable romantic comedy, BROS is smart and funny and somewhat touching at the end. The main characters are two gay men in their early forties who’ve never been in a committed relationship and insist they aren’t looking for love. Comedian Billy Eichner stars and also co-wrote the script with the filmmaker who directed 50 FIRST DATES. For me one of the flaws of this romcom is that Billy’s character sometimes comes off as arrogant and obnoxious. That said, I enjoyed the sharp, often funny dialog and a glimpse into the lifestyles of 21st century gay people. The film deals with gay sex in a matter of fact way, but it’s no more graphic in sex scenes than Hollywood romcoms about heterosexuals.
Bottom line: BROS is a lot of fun to watch. (Only in theaters)
THE MENU is advertised as both a comedy and a horror film. It cleverly satirizes pretentious fine dining chefs and their snobbish, wealthy customers. But as its story gradually unfolds, the movie turns into a disturbing horror film.
The ensemble acting is top notch, the directing is crisp, and the script is skillfully written. But because I’m not a fan of horror films, I enjoyed the film’s humor but didn’t appreciate its shocking violence. (only in theaters)
Big budget blockbusters including superhero movies attract big audiences. Their domination at the box office means that creative, original dramas get limited showings in Hawaii and almost no publicity. On Oahu if you want to see compelling original dramas, check the online listings for Consolidated’s Kahala and Koko Marina theaters. No other theaters show these kinds of films consistently. And you have to be quick about it, because many of them are gone after just one or two weeks. I can’t tell you how often a movie I’ve been writing about disappears before my little review can air. That was the case this week for a powerful drama called ARMGAMEDDON TIME, starring Anthony Hopkins, Ann Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and young Banks Repeta. Another strikingly original movie called THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN is still playing at Koko Marina, but it will end this coming Tuesday. It’s an intense comedy/drama, staring Colin Farrell as Padraic a lonely farmer whose best friend, Colm played by Brenden Gleeson, suddenly wants nothing to do with him for no obvious reason. The two are reunited for the first time since 2008’s IN BRUGES. Writer-director Martin McDonagh directed both films as well as THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. (Koko Marina only)