The Fundamentals of Caring: review

The Netflix exclusive, The Fundamentals of Caring, is proof again that the streaming service giant is heading the right direction, offering more and more original content across all genres.

This film was written and directed by Rob Burnett, the man best known for writing and producing the Late Night show with David Letterman. He did a great job of bringing to life a story with character and managed to stay on the good side of Drama and Comedy. While some might get a feeling of déjà vu, in connection to “Untouchable”, a movie with a similar premise, this film does a very good job of setting its own style look (just like Olivier Assaya does with Clouds of Sils Maria).

The Fundamentals of Caring

With Trevor (Craig Roberts) in the spotlight as a boy with duchenne muscular dystrophy that hides his true self in a sea of sarcastic and sometimes quite grim jokes, and Ben (Paul Rudd) as a writer turned caregiver after losing his son in a tragic accident, the movie portrays the evolution of their relationship. They both have certain things that they need to face, Trevor with his insecurities and the absence of a father, and Ben to accept that the death of his son was just an accident.

As the movie progresses, they find themselves on a road-trip, a previously impossible idea given the over-protective mother of Trevor, Elsa (Jennifer Ehle). Along their trip towards the “deepest pit in the world” their connection grows even stronger, but not without a few bumps along the way. Luckily, they keep running into Dot (Selena Gomez), a lone teen looking to get to Denver where she would start her new life, which mends the fences between the two with her “very honest” and blunt personality.

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Further along the journey they pick up Peaches (Megan Ferguson), a pregnant lady in distress whose car breaks down, forcing her to hitchhike, but fortunately meets the trio. She later gives birth with the help of Ben on the bottom of the “deepest pit in the world”, the same place where Ben reaches the end of his healing process regarding the loss of his son. Just before that, Trevor finally meets his father and realises that he’s not been receiving letters from him, but that these were only in his name and written by his mother. Finally, as Paul finds that the car following them was the worrying father of Dot, who was just trying to make sure that his daughter gets to Denver safely. She then leaves the group and lets her father drive her there as they figure out their own issues. All of this while things heat up between Trevor and Dot, with them even going on a date, boosting the morale of the trip and of Trevor especially.

What started as a buddy flick, progresses quickly into what has to be the best that Netflix released in terms of exclusive indie-like films. Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, and Megan Ferguson, all do a great job of bringing the story to life, making their characters seem as real as possible.

Top films to expect in the summer of 2016

The summer of 2016 promises to be jam-packed with great titles, which we will watch over and over again even, why not, in the years to come.

Here is a list of the best releases in 2016:

The Big Friendly Giant (22 July 2016 – UK)

You can never go wrong when you hear the name Steven Spielberg, and this does not seem to be an exception. Telling the story of a girl named Sophie that encounters the Big Friendly Giant, Spielberg is set to make us connect with the child inside us once more. Similar to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, with the story of a child that meets an unknown life form and forms a bond with it, this release is sure to warm our hearts.

The Big Friendly Giant

Jason Bourne (27 July 2016 – UK)

The franchise starring Matt Damon is a hit again, with a new iteration simply called Jason Bourne. A very simple but powerful marketing strategy that uses a very good insight: “you know his name”. With this release we will see Jason Bourne remember who he is as well as him trying to find the secrets of his past life. We only hope that it does not follow the path of so many sequels, by ruining a pretty decent run so far. After watching Jason Bourne, try on a few of the best mafia movies ever – Bourne will definitely help you get in the mood of those.

Jason Bourne

Suicide Squad (5 August 2016 – UK)

Another Comic Book movie, but this time everyone is excited from the start. It has been the focus of many ComiCons since the release of its first trailer, and while the story behind it might not be as popular to normal folks, it does seem to score high in popularity. That and the fact that it has quite a high profile cast (Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Will Smith, Ben Affleck, Jared Let) makes it even more interesting. A must see for anyone who does and doesn’t love the genre.

Suicide Squad

Finding Dory (29 July 2016 – UK)

Finding Nemo is a classic already, and for good reasons to be so. It had everything you would want, no matter how old you were or if you even liked animations of not. Our only hope is that Pixar does what it always does: deliver. So we’ve saved our seats for what seems to be great fun, featuring the friendly and adorable Dory on her journey to find her family. And how could she not be, with Ellen DeGeneres doing her voice.

Finding Dory

Sausage Party (2 September 2016 – UK)

IMDb says that this is “an animated movie about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence”, and we believe them, especially after we’ve seen the trailer. There’s nothing more to add here as this just sounds insanely funny. Nothing too complicated, and no subliminal messages, just pure, simple, and uncensored comedy. Give blockbusters a break and give this a chance.

Sausage Party

Best movies to be released at the end of 2016

If you aren’t sure what to plan for your 2016 movie list, read the recommendations below and start ordering your popcorn.

1. Captain Fantastic (9 September 2016 – UK)

A serious topic for the serious Viggo Mortensen, and what looks like the role that will take him out of the shadow of Mordor, which is the Lord of the Rings franchise, and into the life of an actor separated from his role as Aragon. Something that Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) did not manage to do so far. Staying on topic, the story of this film is about a very interesting family that lives off grid, a paradise in the eyes of many, until Ben’s (Viggo Mortensen) wife dies and reality kicks in. A mouthful for anyone and definitely one of the most promising indie-like films of the year.

Captain Fantastic

2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (30 September 2016 – UK)

This might be the year of Fantasy films and we’re very happy about it as this film shows a lot of potential. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, X-Men, and a hint of Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events seems to have been put into this Tim Burton film, making everything sound just perfect. With Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson, this story about a home for children with special powers will sure get a lot of adventurous eyes stuck on the screen. An immersive story, just like Ex-machina was.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

3. Deepwater Horizon (30 September 2016 – UK)

The story about the worst oil spill in U.S. history is here and it is not a documentary. What seems to be an interesting Action Thriller, might just be yet another propaganda film set to make us think different about things that happened, or that’s what conspiracy theories will make you believe. Until then, this looks like a decent watch and the start of a good conversation. Make sure you read all the facts about what happened, just not to judge Mark Wahlberg for doing what he shouldn’t have, again.

Deepwater Horizon

4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (18 November 2016 – UK)

J.K. Rowling did not forget his fans and as you can never have enough of Harry Potter, it seems that there will be yet another series of film based on the same fantastic world of magic. This time based on a secret community of witches and wizards, about seventy years before Harry Potter. This is top of the list this year, along with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A must-watch if you’re a fan, but go and enjoy it even just out of sheer curiosity.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (16 December 2016)

A lot of negative story appeared following the rumours that a lot of scenes required re-shooting earlier this year, but that should not put you off from watching one of the most interesting side stories of the Star Wars universe that George Lucas created. And although he did not directly involved himself in the creation of this film, it will surely give us the Star Wars dose we need to survive until the release of Episode VIII.

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story

6. Bonus: Assassin’s Creed (26 December 2016 – UK)

We trust Michael Fassbender as he’s proved to be a very versatile actor, capable of acting his way through any script thrown at him. And we know for sure that there is a huge fan base for the game franchise with the same name. Therefore, we can only hope that the queues will not be too long and tickets will still be available to see the film that simply looks stunning, as we already know that the story is great. Just read the IMDB’s description and you will be instantly hooked: “When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.”

Bonus - Assassin’s Creed