Even if you haven’t seen The Intouchables, you have a pretty good idea where the drama is headed. Still, The Upside nonetheless does an amiable job of taking you there, thanks to hard work by the two leads.
Some squinting will be required to block out the race and class stereotyping, as well as the puddles of sentiment scattered throughout the highly predictable plot. Yet Jon Hartmere’s script has genuinely funny moments and is blessedly short on crassness.
Although its leads find the odd moment of charm together, even Kidman in what’s somehow the worst-shaded part of all three, The Upside fumbles far too often when it attempts to enlighten or edify its audience.
If you liked blind side with Sandra Bullock, then you should love this movie as much as I did. I find so many similarities between the two; the characters, the acting, the writing and the directing in both movies is pure genius as far as I am concerned. Kevin Hart shows he is much more than just an actor specializing in comedy roles. IMHO this is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time.
Fourth remake of "The Intouchables", the 2011 French buddy movie, it's like Puccini's "Nessun dorma" performed by Aretha Franklin at the 1998 Grammys, an evergreen almost impossible to ruin. Its consolatory function is equally hated by critics and appreciated by the public. The director Burger is a dignified craftsman, and it's a good sign that the Millennials' supermanhood shows cracks.
The big issue with Hollywood over the last 15 years, is no one can come up with an new ideas. Instead, they take ideas that have already be made and crafted into very good films and produce a re-make which ends up being pile of festering garbage. The original was titled "The Intouchables" which was a funny and very well made french film. Even with having to read sub-titles, I gave that film a 9/10. Great acting, perfectly timed comedy and real emotion. This film is absolute garbage. Kevin hart is not believable in his role, nor is he even a tiny bit funny. Go watch the original, it is close to being a masterpiece of story telling. The French have been making films forever and they now how to execute an idea to perfection. america, truly has no idea have to craft good films these days.