...audience members should be wary of Proud Mary
PROUD MARY (2018)
Proud Mary is an absolute moshpit of failed concepts that in return, sacrifice its strongest asset; Taraji P. Henson. From the clashing potential to the wasted opportunities with the actors involved, the lackluster action scenes are miscellaneously placed- but that isn’t the only issue with this early 2018 release. Ultimately, general audience members should be wary of Proud Mary and here are a few reasons why...
Oh, if only those opening credits could indicate how the rest of the movie was going to play out, then I’d be one happy camper. Obviously it was not how the film played out, and after the solid minute of the opening credits sequence, the movie took a nosedive. Particularly pertaining to the absolutely confused direction that never came close to reconnecting with the audience during its short runtime. Babak Najafi, the director of London Has Fallen had an incredible misfire with this film, executing it in such an excruciatingly poor manner that the film lacked the direction it needed to be anything other than a dull soap opera.
A hitman is confronted with an unknown child during a hit, and a year later takes it upon herself to take him in. This creates a weak melodramatic script that feels like a slightly more violent soap opera than what can usually be found midday on the television. This, along with a rough beginning that should rightfully irk a majority of moviegoers with its sudden tonal shift are a few of the many reasons not to watch.
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
Taraji P. Henson seems to be ‘all the rage’ right now, but I’ve never really seen her shine like others have, so her performance in Proud Mary is just another reason to not jump on the bandwagon. Alongside Mary for a monumental sum of the runtime is Danny, the boy she takes in, played by Jahi Di’Allo Winston and his performance is absolutely horrendous. Not to be cruel to the young actor, but he has about the same abilities of the young actor who ironically played Ron Burgundy’s stereotypically bad child actor son. Beyond its storytelling, he is one of the main factors that majorly cripples the film. The only actor who brought any life into his role, even for just a moment, was the legendary Danny Glover. Glover plays the head of the crime family that took in Mary at a young age, and his scenes are some of the film’s most redeemable qualities. Sadly, Glover is barely in the film’s rather short runtime.
VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:
Not heavily relying on blood or violence in general, the few scenes featuring them leaves a well done feeling but an uneventful aftermath from all that has happened. Where is all the blood from this massacre that has just occurred? The makeup isn’t outrageous, and although the film does make a point to display that Mary goes out of her way to look nice before going out on the job, the overall makeup is scarce apart from her own.
MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
The action set pieces are beautifully done, yet shockingly are barely even in the film. During these scenes, along with the hypnotic opening title sequence, the classic rendition of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” is heard playing. Every other moment of sound design and score, not containing gunfire, is dialed in on being one of the most generic soap opera-esque instrumentals in an action movie ever.
Proud Mary is a melodramatic thriller that is undeservedly labeled as a stylistic action-thriller. A waste of the talent involved, a disastrous second effort from director Babak Najafi, and an oblivious mis-marketing in the form of the movie’s single released trailer. Proud Mary has nothing to offer for the casual movie goer or the die hard cinephile, and is better left D.O.A. than ever watched with purpose.