A few nice surprises and one complete dud greeted renters this week.
BETTER CALL SAUL – The creators of ‘Breaking Bad” are back with this prequel that explores the history of a shady attorney, Saul Goodman. When last we saw Saul he was on the run with money he made helping a Chemistry teacher who had become a major producer of Meth.
This series highlights who he was before these events and how he became a cynical bagman working out of a strip mall. For one his real name was Jimmy McGill and we start with him trying to create a private practice after dedicating himself to the law to be like his older brother. The cats are wonderful here and include Bb Odenkirk as Saul, Jonathan Banks(back as Mike the retired cop), and Michael McKean as Saul’s mentally unstable brother. Great stuff with a heavy accent on character generated comedy.
TRAINWRECK – Amy Schumer stars here as a woman who starts to question her hedonistic lifestyle when she meets a sports doctor who doesn’t treat her as a one night stand. Funny and very raunchy with Schumer getting mileage out of her comic persona of being a woman who goes after sex and food like a stereotypical male.
MR. HOLMES – Ian Mckellan stars as a retired Sherlock Holmes living out his retirement in the English countryside circa 1947. He is happy to school his son in how to be a detective until a 30 year old crime sparks his interest in solving one last mystery.
SELF/LESS – Ben Kingsley stars in this Science Fiction tale of a real estate millionaire who splurges on a new body for himself when his starts to grow ill. They put him inside the body of Ryan Reynolds but he soon finds that the doctor weren’t very forthcoming with all of the negatives involved in the process. Should have been thought provoking but is more likely to elicit yawns.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.