No sub­ver­sion in this ver­sion

The Hart-Cranston film is a pass­ably ad­e­quate re­make of a much bet­ter 2011 French film

StarMetro Edmonton - - EDMONTON - Bruce De­Mara DAVID LEE/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

There is an up­side to this re­make of the 2011 French film, The In­touch­ables: It’s not as ter­ri­ble as one might ex­pect.

Movies re­made from other movies are al­most al­ways pretty aw­ful and U.S. film­mak­ers are par­tic­u­larly lousy at re­mak­ing them. This one is pass­ably OK, sort of some­where on the spec­trum be­tween the ex­pe­ri­ence of True Grit, where the 2010 se­quel was leaps and bounds bet­ter than the 1969 John Wayne orig­i­nal, and Hair­spray, whose 1988 orig­i­nal was way, way, way bet­ter than the in­ex­e­crably hor­rid 2007 re­make.

The open­ing seg­ment fea­tur­ing a mad­cap car chase shows one just what to ex­pect. It’s sorta fun but not nearly as darkly comic and sub­ver­sive as the orig­i­nal. This time out, we have Bryan Bryan Cranston, left, and Kevin Hart in The Up­side, which proves that just be­cause a movie was good, it doesn’t mean the re­make will be too.

Cranston play­ing Phillip La­casse, a wealthy New Yorker ren­dered quad­ri­plegic in a paraglid­ing ac­ci­dent, who de­cides to hire a very un­qual­i­fied Black man named Dell Scott (Kevin Hart) as his “life aux­il­iary.” La­casse, worn down by sor­row and rage, re­ally doesn’t want an­other chirpy, life-af­firm­ing care­giver. He re­ally just wants to check out per­ma­nently.

The ever-re­li­able Cranston de­liv­ers a well-mod­u­lated per­for­mance that works so well be­cause he doesn’t seek to ex­ploit our sym­pa­thies. Hart, whose comic stylings tend to­ward the loud and ob­nox­ious, wisely chooses to dial things down — way down.


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