Here Today; Grade: B
Here Today tells a story about a famous comedian writer named Charlie Burns (Billy Crystal), whom has lunch with one that won a lunch with Charlie Burns at an auction Emma (Tiffany Haddish). Emma has an outgoing personality, who enjoys singing in gigs you would not normally see one sing at from a professional level. Charlie does save Emma's day from a terrible allergic reaction from lunch, as their developing a meaningful friendship. A friendship in which will help Charlie in a critical part in his life, regarding trauma he's facing from the past and also dealing with something similar to dementia.
The Cinematography t'was fine, looked like a pretty basic standard studio film. The Score was fine as well, however forgettable. The cast all in all was actually solid as a whole. Billy Crystal playing Charlie Burns was solid, as an aging comedian writer whom is extremely likable and wise, Crystal does a well done job executing this role. The character itself as written was likable, just was a cool cat I would say, that when dealing with the hardships of his growing concern of dementia... You do feel extremely bad for him. Though Burns may have messed up in the past, as far as the present he sure was a cool dude that does care about others and wants to lend a helping hand when needed.
Tiffany Haddish playing Emma was surprisingly enjoyable, sure maybe a few moments the comedic moments didn't hit, but this felt like a solid meaningful performance that does deliver a few good laughs. I enjoyed Emma: While the audience assumed she was going to be an annoying pain in the ass, turned out to be much different, as Emma was a genuine sweet woman who like Charlie knew how to have a good time and care for others. Haddish and Crystal had solid chemistry with each other, making this a believable friendship.
When I saw the poster of Here Today, all I could think of is the poster of When Harry Met Sally meets The Upside... The background, the font, and how these actors posed looked very similar. I assumed this would be a cute rom com and what I got was... Something different? I mean it still is in a way a cute rom com in terms of friends, however there is a serious dramatic element dealing with dementia, which I wasn't expecting at all. I don't know what it is about Billy Crystal in movies, but every time I watch his movies, I just genuinely enjoy them as for Here Today I liked this one as well.
The story of Here Today was fairly cute, I enjoyed the friendship element quite much, as I found both characters to be likable and worth watching. I mean Crystal and Haddish the way they perform these characters, just brings a happy side in me, as I genuinely believe in this friendship as it made me feel good, witnessing a believable and honest friendship. It's also worth noting that the comedic element was actually not half bad, as it brings out laughs and also mocks out how stupid and terrible modern day comedy is. I mean that one scene where Burns has trouble finding humor in a writers meeting felt honest, as though the room was laughing, they weren't laughing for the right reason. Felt like the master just giving us a wise tip on how comedy should be done, rather than being completely dumbed down, it was a cool moment.
Regarding the dementia element of the story, I do believe it could've been done better or be more consistent. There have been tons of films released recently that have dealt with this subject matter more effectively, as this one kind of half assed it, however it didn't offend me at all as it done just fine.
I don't know Here Today may not be the greatest film in the world, but it does perhaps have a soft spot on me. It's kind of funny, it's fun, it's sweet, and it's meaningful... This was CUTE.
Overall, Here Today was a good film. I recommend checking this one out, a nice date night or family night. -Mitch Smietana