Monday, October 10, 2016

Masterminds (2016)

"Based on true events" is not necessarily a tag line that you would expect to see before a comedy. Masterminds is all stronger for it though!

Masterminds tells the story of the $17 million heist back in 1997. The movie is not filled with laugh-out-loud moments, but it still was very entertaining. I laughed quite a lot, not because of the story, but because I was a fan of most of the actors; Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon have done amazing jobs on developing their characters. So if you're a fan of them, you'll appreciate the nuances in their performance. Audience members who are not familiar with these actors may have a harder time enjoying this movie. Well, the critics' ratings and box office sales are evidence that support my hunch!

Besides being a comedy with some thrills, Masterminds is a deep character-study. It depicts what happens when people are given opportunities beyond what they deserve. The movie's treatment of those characters was quite poignant.

Overall, Masterminds is an entertaining movie, and worth your time on a Sunday evening. I'd give it a 7.5/10.

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