Apparently, this offbeat script had been making the rounds in Hollywood for some 20 years as filmmakers struggled to work out how to blend its inventive mismatch of genres. Enter Colin Trevorrow, who's first film Safety Not Included was a mix of comedy, drama and time-travel adventure. In between making blockbusters for the Jurassic and Star Wars franchises, Trevorrow invests this unconventional drama-cum-thriller with plenty of heart, eliciting terrific performances from his central cast. But it never feels very authentic.
The story centres on single mother Susan (Naomi Watts), whose complex life is managed by her genius 11-year-old son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher). Adorable younger brother Peter (Room's Jacob Tremblay) offers plenty of support, but it's Henry who keeps everything running and supports the family with his savvy investments. Then he begins to suspect that his classmate Christina (Maggie Ziegler), who lives next door, is being abused by her stepdad Glenn (Breaking Bad's Dean Norris). But Glenn is the police commissioner, so Henry knows that calling the cops is useless. Instead, he makes an elaborate plan and writes it down in his notebook so his mother can take action.
The film's first half is a fascinating drama about the delicate balance in this unusual family. Beautifully played with layers of resonance by Watts, Lieberher and Tremblay, these are people we would like to know a lot more about, and we settle in to discover their secrets. All three are excellent, continually surprising the audience with insightful character touches that make each person vivid and likeable, even with their flaws. And then the Hitchockian plot kicks in, the suspense gurgles over and everything begins to turn rather implausible. This is kind of the point of the story - that experience is perhaps more important than intelligence - but it's much more difficult to engage with.
Continue reading: The Book Of Henry Review
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'Man v Food' star has seen his new series' premiere postponed by the Travel Channel.
Former ‘Man v. Food’ host Adam Richman has recently shed over 70lbs of weight, an accomplishment which is certainly worth celebrating. But when the television star tried to share his joy on Instagram things took a nasty turn pretty quickly, leading to Richman’s latest Travel Channel series being postponed indefinitely.
Adam Richman recently lost 70lbs
It all started when Richman decided to show off his new look on Instagram, posting a picture of himself in a suit with caption, "Had ordered this suit from a Saville Row tailor over a year ago. Think I'm gonna need to take it in a little …” Nothing controversial there, expect that Richman decided to finish the caption with the hashtag #thinspiration, a term often used on websites promoting eating disorders.
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We've no word on if, or when, 'Man Finds Food' will hit screens
Adam Richman’s new show, Man Finds Food, has been put back by The Travel Channel, with many reports citing an unpleasant exchange on the photo sharing site, Instagram, as the reason.
Richman has been known to gourmandise on various food programs, especially Man v Food, which made him famous for incredible, if not sometimes disturbing, feats of consumption.
Adam Richman's new show has been postponed with no updated debut date