From action to coming of age – Manila Bulletin

Joon Won is ‘Carter’

The two films today offer audiences enjoyment in very different ways. Carter hails from Korea and has plenty of action throughout, while Cha Cha Real Smooth is an indie remake of growing up and falling in love.

Carter (Netflix, South Korea): If Bullet Train is a black comedy presented to you in the form of an action movie, Carter is a video game disguised as an action movie. Carter is directed by renowned Korean director Jung Byung-Gil, who is credited with creating his own trademark style for filming action sequences; is best known for 2017’s The Villainess, where his footage of blade-wielding assassins on high-speed motorcycles was practically elevated scene-by-scene for John Wick 3. In this film, starring Joon Won as Agent Carter, we’re introduced to a mish-mash of the action genre, the spy thriller, the zombie genre, and the conceit of pitting South and North Korea against the rest of the world, and each other. To be honest, at one point, he can be forgiven for being confused as to what the story really is.

But don’t worry, it’s not really the story that’s playing out for our vicarious enjoyment. It is the action that is virtually non-stop that competes for our full attention. The first thirty minutes will whet anyone’s appetite for action that seems straight out of the most violent video games imaginable. Car chases, motorcycles again, motorcycles and delivery vans, jumps from death-defying buildings and a whole variety of weapons: it’s as if an inventory of deadly instruments has been taken, and the director has found a way to use them. in this film. In addition, there are sequences with trains, planes and bridges that endanger safety. It’s not hard to predict how the audience will fare here, as the male audience members will love the action, while the female contingent will swoon over Joon Won.

Cha Cha Real Smooth (Apple TV+) – This movie was one of the most applauded and best received at Sundance earlier this year. Written, directed by, and starring Cooper Raiff, it’s easy to see why this was such an easy favorite. It has that indie feel, an offbeat coming-of-age story and one that attempts to redefine romantic comedy, while also delivering winning performances from the cast. There’s a clever script at work, and it doesn’t resort to a fairy tale ending, instead managing to keep it real throughout without insulting the audience or losing its charm. In fact, it’s reported that thanks to this feature film, Raiff will soon have the chance to work on a bigger budget mainstream film, and I, for one, would be curious to see what he comes up with.

A scene from ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’

Raiff plays Andrew, a 22-year-old recent graduate who seems to have no idea what to do with his life. A charming prologue from Andrew at age 12 shows us a sensitive and lovesick boy who means well, but is too good deep down. It’s when he comes up with the idea of ​​being a party starter for the local Jewish community that Andrew starts making a lot of money, knowing that party starter isn’t a real job. At one of these parties, he meets Domino (Dakota Johnson) and her special daughter Lola (Vanessa Burghardt). At the heart of this film, Andrew falls in love with Domino, even though she is much older than him and has a fiancée. Leslie Mann has a wonderful role as Andrew’s mother, and Evan Assante is charming as David, Andrew’s younger brother. It’s the depth of the dialogue and the easy wit that keep this movie afloat.

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