Monday, June 08, 2015

(Spoilers) Butter Review

***SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers may be found in the post below about VARIOUS ITEMS. And I'm going to add in a bit of filler text here to limit how much of the main article gets shown in a preview. That should take care of most of it. Hopefully. And away we go. SPOILER WARNING. ***
So this happened?

A foster child, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), competes with Laura (Jennifer Garner) in a butter carving competition. Comedy drama-ish?

Good or Bad?
I didn't know that this movie even existed until I saw an ad on television for it recently. The cast got my attention with Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, and Jennifer Garner -- this was the first movie I saw in years with Alicia in it.

Anyway, it was a movie about a butter carving competition lead by a 10-ish year old child and a very intense, driven, adult. Set in Iowa, the story was driven along by the competition, but it seemed mainly about Destiny and Laura. Both characters provided narration regarding the story and their thoughts. There was also a lot going on with the families of the two characters -- one just got placed into a new home, and the other's decade plus long marriage wasn't really working out. The supporting cast included Ty Burrell, Alicia Silverstone, and Olivia Wilde.

A movie about butter sculptures? The movie was a comedy of sorts. It didn't look like it took itself very seriously. I enjoyed it. Butter probably won't be in my top ten list of all time, but I thought it was watchable and occasionally funny. Maybe it was like a rom-com minus the rom part. There was a serious element to it but there were still laughs to be had -- nothing too over the top though. Olivia Wilde and Ty Burrell probably brought the most comedy. The former played a stripper who was after some money from the latter.

Performances were good all around. The standout was Yara Shahidi who, I thought, played her role very well. Her character came off as precocious with a touch of jadedness while still being a child. Olivia Wilde was very different from other roles I had seen her in previously including Tron: Legacy, House, and Her. I also couldn't believe that Hugh Jackman showed up in a minor role.

Pacing was good. The movie filled a two hour time-slot with commercials. I didn't find it to be too short or long. Everything felt resolved by the time the credits rolled. The rural setting and wide-open areas looked good on screen.

Not the best movie ever, but I found it entertaining and wouldn't have any trouble watching it again. I just hope the next time it's on, the censored version isn't shown despite it being the after-midnight rerun. There were way too many bleeped out words -- they let one eff word slip.

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