THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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PROUD MARY (2018)


This is one of those films you’ve been warned about, dumped into theaters in January, no critic’s screenings, no advance warning on how bad (or good) this might be.  But we were intrigued by Taraji P. Henson playing what looked to be the proverbial Pam Grier part.  In Proud Mary, she’s the title character, a hitman working for a family in Boston, headed by Danny Glover.  We see in flashback a hit made seven years earlier to a bookie.  Pretty routine except she’s horrified to learn the guy’s got a seven year old kid (who was wearing headphones in his room and didn’t hear anything).  Mary feels immense guilt and keeps an eye on the kid and a few years later, she sees him being mistreated by a rival mob he works for.  She takes him home and goes to tell their rivals to knock it off.  Before you know it, she guns a whole office of them down and starts a major mob war.  The plot is really routine, and the final shootout is plenty ordinary and a letdown.  But Henson plays Mary with a lot of emotion and feeling, raising this film up every time she gets to play a dramatic scene.  And there are more of those moments than usually in this kind of movie.  Glover matches her with gravity that takes his performance up a notch.  Proud Mary is worth a look for their work alone.

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