Welcome to another awesome edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film is the 2012 black comedy It's a Disaster, starring David Cross, Julia Stiles, and America Ferrara. It was directed by Todd Berger.
I have seen this movie on Netflix for a while now and just recently got around to it. I had no idea what to make of it before I started watching, and I will say that I was pleasantly surprised in some ways, and in other ways, I was frustrated.
The movie focuses on a couples' brunch between four different pairs all with their own problems. Cross and Stiles are just getting to know each other, others are long married and struggling to keep it afloat, others are not able to move forward towards marriage, and all of this happens in the backdrop of a massive chemical weapon being unleashed on the city they're in, forcing them to stay inside and work out their respective issues. The premise was intriguing to me, enough so to have me watch the film. The acting in the movie is also good, being very subtle, real, and funny at times. The thing that frustrated me is how petty and mean some of the people are. That started to be a stretch for me. It also takes a weird turn in the end which I did not feel was good or well done for the most part.
This easily could have been a worse movie. It's not bad, but it just seemed to miss the mark for me in the end with all things considered. I feel like it would strike others completely different, with them either loving it or hating it. I can see it's appeal, but it also started to lose me.
You can check out It's a Disaster streaming right now on Netflix.