"The Bronze" Movie Review
When I saw the preview for this film, I thought this was going to be hilarious, like a cross between Stick It and the first Hangover. I already liked Melissa Rauch a lot, as I watch The Big Bang Theory regularly. I was happy to see that Sebastian Stan was in this, turning to comedy after being in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War films. I turned it on, and it started out showing Hope's rise to fame and sudden downfall due to an injury. Immediately, we feel sad for this girl and hope Hope is doing okay.
After the prologue, we see Hope (Rauch) masturbating to one of her old gymnastics tapes. This shows us that she thinks highly of herself, that no one's better than her. She loves and hates herself both. She's living with her dad, stealing money from him just to get whatever she wants for that day. She's immediately bossy, mean, rude, disrespectful, and all around despicable. So, of course, I think this has to be funny because she's fallen so far from grace yet thinks she's still the best in the world.
Sadly, the film never got funnier. Hope was tricked into coaching a rising gymnastics star but in the process, has to put up with Lance (Stan), who was a gold and silver medalist and wants to train the new girl as well. I thought for sure the inevitable rivalry between the two would be hilarious but it never drew more than a chuckle or two.
There's something else I disliked but I can't write about it because it is a bit of a spoiler. Let's just say Hope does something dumb and hurts someone good. The final few scenes are satisfying and the ending is wonderful, but the film as a whole was just not funny. Maybe you'll get it right the next time, Melissa.
© 2016 Nathan Jasper