I wasn’t feeling inclined to see this movie. I’m not a fan of either actor, and the black/white dynamic seemed contrived. But my wife had heard that it was good, so we went on Friday night.
It’s based on a true story. You can Google that one. But the movie was originally done in France as Les Intouchables (2012):
Now compare that trailer with this newer one:
The story is portrayed in almost the same way, shot-by-shot, probably because they are both ‘owned’ by the same studio. But the humour in the story comes from the charisma and charm of the two principal stars.
The power of the movies is never more evident than when they keep you from sleeping for a least half the night. I must have replayed “The Upside” twice while trying to get to sleep, on Friday night. And even now, I’m still getting flashes from the storyline.
But here’s the clincher: Aretha Franklin singing Nessun Dorma.