1/11/2019 – It’s Box Office Friday
“The Upside” is a feel good buddy picture and is worth the ticket price.
It gets a solid B and is rated PG-13.
Bryan Cranston plays a quadriplegic who hires a man wih a criminal record to be his physical assistant.
Based on a true story and a remake of the 2011 French film “The Intouchables,” “The Upside” is a touching, albeit formulaic buddy picture, reminiscent of “The Bucket List.”
But being formulaic isn’t always a bad thing if the film can offer a few surprises. And “The Upside” does have a few surprises, not least of which is an unexpectedly touching performance by Kevin Hart, who gives his character depth and vulnerability.
Bryan Cranston has a very hard job in this role as he is left with a few facial gestures and his voice to convey a broad spectrum of emotions. The combination of the two characters makes this film work.