On the Rocks Review

A mindless entertainer that you'll enjoy if watched without any expectations

Richard Mahesh -

On the Rocks Review

What is the story about?

Laura (Rashida Jones) and Dean (Marlon Wayans) have been happily married and parents to a couple of kids. With everything looking picture-perfect, Laura inherits an inferior complex as she believes that her life is aimless and will be soon turning 40 Things get a little complicated when Laura starts doubting that her husband might be having an affair with her beautiful co-worker Fiona (Jessica Henwick). She feels that calling up her dad Felix (Billy Murray), an ageing philanderer, but still who adores her would be the right option. Together, they now decide to find on what’s cooking in the personal life of Dean. 

Analysis

Sophia Coppola’s filmography comprises commendable films with flavours of emotions that helped them win the hearts of global audiences. From her critically acclaimed ‘Lost in Translation’ to the previous outing ‘The Beguiled’, she has been delivering the works with an ample dose of commendableness. The trailer of ‘On the Rocks’ did assure us of a light-hearted tale of emotional ties and bonds, which would be either a father-daughter or hubby-wife. Although the film has some hilarious oasis here and there, most of them lack substance. Even the humour citations from Felix (Billy Murray) get hackneyed after a certain extent, which only a dedicated fan would keep giggling. Some of the praiseworthy Hollywood films like George Clooney’s Descendants too had similar instances, but then, they were pretty enjoyable. Overall, an auteur like Sofia Coppola, who has rendered a bunch of crème de la crème works in the past landing up with a mediocre flick slightly disappoints. But if you intend to forget all these brand names and, give a shot during leisure times, then there are pretty good chances to enjoy the show. The characters lack substance, and it naturally makes the plot pointless. ‘On the Rocks’ keeps blatantly flashing this core of error throughout the show. Yes, there are some touches of humour, but then, it’s doesn’t completely engage us. On the positive side, few metaphorical significance like the ending, where Laura replaces the wristwatch and her conversations with her father Felix during the penultimate moments are good. 

Performances

Rashida Jones delivers a promising performance as Laura, but what can an artist do when her role is nothing but the repetition of the same acts. Although she tries emoting expressively, her characterization lacking substance hampers her significant work. Billy Murray is indeed a versatile actor, who much alike Rashida faces the same issue. Marlon Wayans doesn’t have more scenes to perform but is decent with his acting. 

Music & Other Departments

The musical score by Phoenix is groovy indeed. It does keep up the spirit of the movie even during the struggling moments. But it’s Philippe Le Sourd’s cinematography that eventually scores the top position among the rest of the actors and technicians. It’s one big reason why the film is still watchable despite the dull moments. Sarah Flack’s editing owns a cultural panache of what a regular Dramedy would demand. 

Highlights

  • Cinematography 
  • Few humorous sparks 

Drawbacks

  • The story lacks substance. 
  • Characterizations aren’t appealing. 

Did I enjoy it?

It is hilarious in a few places but doesn’t engross overall. 

 

Do I recommend it?

Under a couple of conditions! First, if you’re running out of films in watch list. And then, if you’re ready to watch a mindless Dramedy with some humour.


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