Playing it Cool review

Playing it Cool

I missed hearing anything about this movie until I saw it on my Sky Movies list. With such a great cast including Chris Evans (Captain America), Michelle Monaghan (The Best of Me), Topher Grace (That 70s Show), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Luke Wilson (Legally Blonde), Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks), and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic 4), I thought this film would have been a massive hit.

It had potential, but for some reason that I can’t put my finger on, it just didn’t quite deliver. Chris Evans plays a guy (known only as me because we never hear anyone say his name), who has commitment issues until he meets a girl, played by Michelle Monaghan (we only know her as her). They seem to have the same outlook on life, but she is in a relationship and whilst he is struggling to write the script for a rom com movie because he has never been in love, he falls down the rabbit hole with her which helps him not just with his film script, but changes his life.

It just felt like some of the storyline of this film was missing, from him briefly touching on one of his parents walking out on him, from a letter in a cereal box, to him turning around the cereal box in a supermarket, but never really explaining why, to him saying his granddad pretty much raised him, all this briefly touched on his back story, which obviously had an impact on the way he is, but I don’t think this was explored enough for us to understand why he is the way he is.

I also didn’t feel the chemistry between Evans and Monaghan. When you are to believe that two people are falling in love, obviously you have to be good at acting that out, but if there isn’t a bit of natural chemistry between the two actors then it isn’t going to be as believable as you would like.

But what I did like about this film, was the unique way the story was being told, with him putting himself into the characters of other stories. It felt like you were part of the script writing process, a new twist on the rom com, but overall the story was lacking.

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