Denise, Tony and I saw The Upside at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and loved it. We couldn’t understand why it was not released in 2018. Recently, I found out that it was a casualty of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and pulled from distribution. Fortunately, another company picked it up for distribution so it is hitting theaters this Friday. It is a remake of the French film, The Intouchables, based on the relationship between Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou. If you liked the original, you will love The Upside. Bryan Cranston (Phillip) and Kevin Hart (Dell) have excellent chemistry as the wealthy quadriplegic and his totally inappropriate caregiver. They take it right to the edge without going over the cliff. Nicole Kidman (Yvonne) is convincing as the uptight assistant and it was nice to see Julianna Margulies, in her brief and painful scene. The party scene between Phillip and Carter Locke (Tate Donovan) explained so much about art. This movie deviates some from the original, but I think it is better for it. While this version is quite a bit funnier you still feel the affection and admiration these two men share for each other. The best parts are not in the trailer.
You can watch The Intouchables on Pay Per View Amazon Prime.
Our Rating for The Upside
Official Trailer for The Upside:
Official Synopsis for The Upside:
A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.
|Cast||Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman (Boy Erased), Kevin Hart, Julianna Margulies|
|Screenwriter||Jon Hartmere, based on the movie The Intouchables|
|Cinematographer||Stuart Dryburgh (Ben is Back)|
|Production Companies||Escape Artists|
|Run Time||125 minutes|
|Premier||Toronto International Film Festival 2017|