by Bobby Blakey
Romantic comedies are ones that are usually a strict by the numbers genre that rarely produces much that stands out. There are some that take that premise and fuse it with another genre and manage to create something that is fun and surprising. The latest Mr. Right starring Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, Anson Mount, RZA, James Ransone, and Michael Eklund looks to do just that blending the romance, comedy and action together into something fun and original, but can it pull it off or will it end up being a botched hit?
Mr. Right follows a girl who falls for the "perfect" guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he's a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him. At first glance you may think this is yet another straight to DVD film that will offer up more of the same, but thankfully this one is packed with so much more to love that it is a real surprise it didn’t get a bigger release. Kendrick does a great job as the looking for love innocent girl who is unlucky in that which she wants the most. She has some really funny moments early on as she deals with her failures of the heart that sets up the character perfectly. The always great Rockwell steps into this role with his usual swagger and quick with, but this time brings along some impressive action chops. They have great chemistry together and the simple story and often funny exchanges between them as well as others around them is a joy to watch. The slow build on their relationship and while it has its bumps they never force it into the typical Hollywood drama, but instead keep it light fun and full of violent action.
ypically in films like this the action is pretty generic, but it is clear that they spent some great time and detail to make them work. There are numerous great fight sequences that are perfectly executed and choreographed with both humor and ferocity that you can’t help but be entertained. The fights themselves would be enough on their own, but Rockwell keeps some great quips flying during them all that makes them awesome and hilarious all at once. In the end the action coupled with the great simple story makes for a great unexpectedly fun film that everyone should check out.
Find love and murder when Mr. Right hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 7th as well as Digital HD available now from Universal Home Entertainment.