Movie Review: The Upside

By Maraljin Ganbaatar

The Upside is a movie about  a rich quadriplegic, Phillip (played by Bryan Cranston), who hires Dell (played by Kevin Hart), a struggling parolee who’s trying to reconnect with his family, to be a life auxiliarist.

The two make an unlikely pair as they come from two different worlds. One went from rags to riches while the other went from rags to prison. Dell actually stumbles on the caretaker job, thinking that it was an interview to be a janitor. After seeing that Dell was the worst candidate possible out of many many options, Phillip purposely offers Dell the job. Phillip believes that Dell would be someone to agree to a DNR (do not resuscitate) and allow him to leave a life that he believes to be not worth living anymore.

Phillip doesn’t want a caretaker but is forced to hire one by his executive Yvonne (played by Nicole Kidman) after he loses the love his life to cancer, and cannot move any part of his body from the neck down. He is unable to do simple daily tasks such as use the bathroom, feed himself, and or even dress himself.

Much of the movie revolves around the relationship between Philip and Dell, as hey eventually become friends through their trials and tribulations. Thanks to the adventures they go through together, they both grow as people and are able to achieve happiness in their lives.

Going into this movie, I was not sure what to expect. I thought it might be a sad movie that might make me fall asleep, but I tried my best to keep an open mind. All I knew was that it was a remake of the French film The Intouchables which was based on a real story.

However, several minute after the start of the movie I found myself laughing and having a good time, mainly due to the fact that the movie had actors that I liked, but also because it was really funny. I loved this movie and the message that it sent. I would for sure watch this movie again. After doing a little research, I found out that Bryan Cranston “talked to several quadriplegics and discussed their lives, their emotional state and what it felt like for them to lose that mobility and how day-to-day is a struggle.” Cranston’s brilliant acting skills and Hart’s comedic timing make this movie both moving and funny.

The movie expresses to the audience that life is worth living which I find to be a great message to send, especially in the world we live today. If you are in the mood to check out a movie that brightens your day, go check out The Upside in theaters.

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