Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Bryan Cranston
Phillip is a wealthy quadriplegic who needs a caretaker to help him with his day-to-day routine in his New York penthouse. He decides to hire Dell, a struggling parolee who's trying to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend and his young son. Despite coming from two different worlds, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom as Dell and Phillip rediscover the joy of living life to the fullest.
I have really enjoyed watching this movie despite a lot of negative reviews from critics. The only reason I can think of why there were so many negative reviews about 'The Upside' and mostly were aimed at Kevin Hart is because of what he tweeted back in 2009. This was the reason why he stepped down from hosting this year's Oscars. I do not see any relevance to what he said back then compared to how he is performing as an actor in this film. I think Hart was the brightest star in there and it's through his comedy lines which uplifts this film and makes it such an enjoyable to watch.
The only reason I can think of why there were so many negative reviews about 'The Upside' and mostly were aimed at Kevin Hart is because of what he tweeted back in 2009.
The chemistry between all the cast members were spot on. Nicole Kidman really carries her role as did Bryan. The relationship development between Kevin and Bryan were sweet and touching added with some funny moments thrown in the mix. The character development was spot on as was the pace of the story. Cinematography was awesome too, overall director Neil Burger have done a really good job. This is a feel good movie which I strongly recommend all to go and see it.
I mean we have always had famous impaired individuals under spot light but yet we never had a proper push for disability awareness like we do now.
The theme of disability awareness is a good topic as currently there are a lot of focus being put on it. I am all for people to be aware of the many disability issues and the challenges faced by certain individuals living in our society. Just because someone have a some kind of impairment doesn't make them less of a human. We have the technological advancements which can help with physical disability but what we need is people's perceptions to change and treat others with respect and kindness. Having said that though, what I do wonder is why is there such an awareness revolving around disability issues, especially in the last decade. I mean we have always had famous impaired individuals under spot light but yet we never had a proper push for disability awareness like we do now. Is it because we suddenly became more attentive of disable people living among us or we suddenly became more compassionate. Our compassionate level hasn't changed much as a whole, in fact, I think we are less compassionate now then before.
A 2014/15 UK government survey titled 'The spending power of disable people and their family' found that it's worth £249 billions annually.
Current media is portraying disability in a positive light, it is trying to normalise disability which I think is good if their motive was to genuinely care about the disability issues. Unfortunately it is not. We live in a capitalist, consumer driven society and it's money which prevails. A 2014/15 UK government survey titled 'The spending power of disable people and their family' found that it's worth £249 billions annually. It further states the spending power of disable people has been increasing at a rate of 18% from 2012/13. This report is freely available on the internet so you can check for your self. Question I ask is: if you were a business owner and someone told you about this untouched market sector worth £249 billions would you not want to have a slice of this customer group. You will not only want to but also actively use media to first influence the able bodied customers that it's cool to accept disability and number two you would want the disability community to come out and spend that cash. See I am all for it and agree that disable people should have a normal life and should have access to all services. I also agree that everybody should respect and treat disable people with respect and kindness but what I do not agree that it's all motivated because of money and profit margins.
We should be aware of disability issues because we care about that individual. If you look back in the human civilisations there has always been great people who has fought to spread the message of love, compassion, kindness and tolerance to your fellow human being and to the whole universe as in animals, plants, environment etc. Those great men and women didn't spread the message of love and kindness because of profit margins or how to get a slice of £249 billion. In conclusion, go see the movie but next time you happen to come by an impaired individual treat him like a human being because that's what they want. The only good aspect in the whole case is that this money driven businesses help to improve access to public spaces for disable, hopefully one day we will be able to destroy all obstacles for hustle free life for everyone.