I've been going through my other "reviews" on the site over the past few days to ensure there aren't any grammatical errors and that everything flows properly. The reader can recognize that all the posts have three photos with the first being a movie poster if it's applicable. Also, I make a point of putting movie titles in italics for a bit of flair. Nothing wrong with zhuzhing things up when I can. Anyways, one might also notice that there are very few negative reviews. I think the only one that immediately comes to mind is "Trainwreck" (note the italicizing!) because it was absolutely fucking awful and it wasn't a movie I'd ever choose to watch on my own. I try to only watch films that I think I'd enjoy and as such, the reviews are all pretty positive. Honestly, it takes a lot for to really dislike or hate a movie. I generally set the bar pretty low because that way I'm rarely let down. I thought I'd provide a bit of backstory to why the reviews I write almost all come out the same, and it will be no different with the movie I just watched.
Mr. Right stars Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick as a really weird quirky couple of people that find each other is a sea of normal. Sparks fly, flowers bloom, etc. etc. ad nauseam. I got to this movie through seeing Anna Kendrick in Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates last night and subsequently checking her filmography. The premise was enough to catch my eye but Sam Rockwell makes every movie better. So anyways, Rockwell plays an ex-hitman turned bad guy killer with a conscience. For whatever reason, he and Kendrick's character hit it off. There's a bunch of violence and what seems like an insane amount of making out by the two leads. It's pretty awesome.
I guess I would be doing the movie a disservice by not mentioning the two minor plots that play out through the course of the film. Firstly, Tim Roth plays the old partner of Rockwell's character. I guess there was a falling out and now Roth needs to kill Rockwell. I'm still a little bit fuzzy on the exact motivation of this, but it's probably some bullshit like Roth's character feeling betrayed or backstabbed. Just your usual revenge plot as usual. Second minor plot was a schlub hiring Rockwell to kill his brother so he could take over what I assume is a criminal family organization. There's mention of a father figure but he never appears on-screen. Anyways, that's a whole thing that results in Kendrick's character getting kidnapped, finding her bloodlust, and so on. The two minor plots were enough to keep the story moving as two hours of lovey-dovey making out between Rockwell and Kendrick would have gotten tiresome. I should also mention that RZA is in the film as Steve, a hired hand that dynamically flips from bad guy to good guy. I like RZA and think he's a good side character presence on-screen. I don't know if he could carry a film himself, but who knows? I should probably watch Man With The Iron Fists.
So, how did this movie fare? I immediately thought of how Grosse Pointe Blank was kind of a romantic comedy but had some great elements that don't usually show up in that genre. I relate these two movies because contract killing and romance aren't normally two plot devices you mix. Rockwell dances in the movie (as it seems he always fucking does!) and surprisingly, Kendrick doesn't sing. I'd have thought the dancing and the singing would be in their contracts since it seems like it's something they do all the time. Back on point, the movie is enjoyable. The romance is whirlwind and silly. The plot is curious. The dialogue from Rockwell is over-the-top cheesy, but that was the goal. I'd watch it again in a few months after I'd forgotten about it and the silly juxtaposition of blossoming weird love and bloodlust murder-killing will probably bring a smile to my face every time. Mr. Right will wash down nicely with pizza and a chilled moscato methinks. Cheers!