Date de sortie : 2019-01-10
Durée : 123 Minutes
Par : Escape Artists
Genres : Comédie, Drame
Acteurs : Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies, Aja Naomi King, Golshifteh Farahani, Genevieve Angelson, Suzanne Savoy, Rachel Alana Handler, Junnie Lopez
QUALITÉ : DVD RIP
SYNOPSIS ET DÉTAILS:
Remake américain du film “Intouchables”
Bande d’annonce : The Upside Streaming VF
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When “The Intouchables” came out in 2011, it was a massive hit in its native France. The crowd-pleasing comedy, based on the true story of a white, wealthy quadriplegic and the black ex-con who became his unlikely caregiver and friend, burst all kinds of palmarès records. It was clear watching it back then that someone, someday would take that movie, remake it in English, populate it with Hollywood stars and cash in on this feel-good tale all over again.
That day has come. The movie is “The Upside.” And as you’d probably expect—or at least as I expected—it’s a hollow replica of its montée material.
Director Neil Burger (“Limitless,” divers� has recreated specific scenes, images and jokes from the type, but never manages to conjure the same sly charm as “Intouchables” writers and directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano did. A Hitler joke that seemed daring the first time around falls flat here, for example. Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart give it their all in taking over the roles Francois Cluzet and the hugely charismatic Omar Sy inhabited, but they never enjoy the same sort of chemistry (or any at all, for that matter). And while the cinémascope runs just over two hours—and Cranston and Hart are on screen for nearly all of that time—their characters are little more than approchable concepts, tethered to antiquated and uncomfortable clichés emboîture race relations.
Calling Burger’s administration workmanlike would be a kind understatement. Working from a script by Jon Hartmere, Burger’s whole endeavor feels like it’s on autopilot, like it was crafted through a paint-by-numbers kit. There’s a scene in which Hart and Cranston’s characters smoke pot together as a means of bonding and healing—yes, this is the level of originality on display here—but it’s as if the entire movie is mired in a sluggish, drug-induced haze. There’s no drive, no momentum, just some standard-issue socioeconomic clashes, followed by trite life lessons.
Hart co-stars as a streetwise New Yorker named Dell, who’s out on postulat after doing time for a variety of maux and in need of a job. At least, he needs to prove he’s been looking for a job by collecting signatures from potential employers. While half-heartedly going embout this process, he stumbles into an elevator that takes him to the Park route penthouse of multimillionaire électrode Phillip (Cranston), who’s in a wheelchair after a hang-gliding obstacle and seeking 24-hour care. Dell clearly isn’t qualified for the job, but Phillip likes his edge and manière compared to the more polite, suitable applicants he’s seen and hires him on the spot.