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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Paco Cabezas
Cast:
Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth
Writing Credits:
Max Landis

Synopsis:
A girl falls for the "perfect" guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he's a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.

MPAA:
Rated R.

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French

Runtime: 96 min.
Price: $26.98
Release Date: 6/7/2016

Bonus:
• “A Sweet Couple” Featurette
• Previews


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Mr. Right [Blu-Ray] (2016)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (June 9, 2016)

Does Anna Kendrick ever sleep? She appears in a whopping six movies that’ll see 2016 release, and one of these comes with Mr. Right.

Martha (Kendrick) dumps her slimy cheating boyfriend and finds herself back on the singles scene. She feels gratified when she meets “Mr. Right”, the charming, glib Francis (Sam Rockwell).

At first, this seems great, but eventually Martha discovers a minor snag: Francis works as a killer for hire. Despite this bombshell, Martha chooses to continue with the relationship and all its craziness.

In a script that doubles down on cuteness, the actors work overtime to sell the material – and they largely fail. Kendrick may be the most adorable actor on the planet, and even as much as she charms me, she gets tiresome here. Right forces her to pursue such a wacky, quirky path that she becomes annoying.

Dear Lord – did I just call Anna Kendrick annoying? That’s a descriptor I never thought I’d type, but it’s true. She remains lovely as ever, but her relentless pursuit of off-kilter nuttiness makes her tough to take.

I also often enjoy Rockwell’s work, though I can’t claim to find him as consistently charming as Kendrick; I have found Rockwell to be grating in the past. Those memories rushed back to me as I watched Right, a film that makes Sam the obnoxious yin to Anna’s yang. He creates a borderline insufferable character.

Admittedly, I shouldn’t blame the actors, as the script sticks them with lousy dialogue and situations. Right feels dated, as it comes across with more of a 1990s post-Pulp Fiction. Back then, everyone wanted to adopt the mix of glib, idiosyncratic dialogue and ironic violence that Tarantino pioneered.

No one did it nearly as well, and the trend seemed to essentially run its course, but no one told the filmmakers behind Right. It batters us relentlessly with its unconventional characters and their kooky conversations. Hey, Francis even tells Martha his hit man status from the start, but she assumes he’s just joking – nutty, right?

Not really. All of this simply seems self-conscious and too clever by half. The lines feel so phony and forced that they annoy much more than they entertain.

The film’s endless, relentless cuteness makes it tough to swallow. Perhaps Mr. Right enjoys the basis of an entertaining film, but this grating clunker isn’t it.


The Blu-ray Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus D-

Mr. Right appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The movie offered a positive presentation.

Sharpness appeared very good. A few wide shots showed mild softness, but nothing notable emerged, so most of the flick seemed accurate and concise. Moiré effects and jagged edges presented no concerns, and edge enhancement remained absent. Print flaws never caused distractions.

In terms of colors, the flick went with a subdued set of tones. Hues opted for the usual teal and orange, without much beyond that. Within those parameters, the tones looked fine. Blacks were dark and firm, while shadows appeared clear and well-developed. The image seemed strong as a whole.

I also felt reasonably pleased with the movie’s pretty positive DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. Though a romantic comedy at heart, the film offered enough violent action to broaden horizons. Those scenes boasted fairly appealing movement and involvement; the five channels didn’t get a real workout, but they added to the story.

Music demonstrated good stereo presence, and quieter scenes worked fine. These portrayed a reasonable sense of atmosphere that creates the appropriate settings.

Audio quality appeared positive. Music was warm and full, and dialogue showed nice clarity and intelligibility. Effects seemed accurate and concise, with broad range and no obvious distortion. All of this created a useful soundscape.

A featurette entitled A Sweet Couple lasts all of one minute, nine seconds. It delivers comments from actor Anna Kendrick, as she gives us quick notes about her character. It’s a promo piece and nothing more.

The disc opens with ads for Term Life, Search Party, London Has Fallen and Kubo and the Two Strings. No trailer for Mr. Right shows up here.

Despite the presence of talented and often likable actors, Mr. Right becomes a misfire. The movie suffers from a contrived sense of frivolity and quirkiness that makes it tough to swallow. The Blu-ray brings us solid picture and audio but lacks notable bonus materials. I hoped Mr. Right would bring us a fun mix of comedy and action, but it disappoints.

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