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The Laundromat Quick View A Math Boyz Only Film I Reckon Grade: C+

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The Laundromat is the latest film from retired/unretired film maker Steven Soderbergh. We cheer hip hip hooray, as Soderbergh finally makes a normal looking movie, instead of his "LOOK AT ME EVERYONE, I SHOT THIS FILM ON AN IPHONE, AREN’T I COOL" gimmick. In this film, a woman named Ellen (Meryl Streep) lost her husband due to a tour boating accident. Ellen hopes to receive a condo, near the first time she met her husband, so she can remember him everyday that he's still alive in her heart and relive that moment. Unfortunately an unexpected turn happens and someone outbid the home she wanted, but Ellen wants to dive in deep as to how can this happen. We learn five secrets that include finances, taxes, loans, insurance policies, a moment in black market dealing, ya know... Math. To top it all off: Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas explain to the audience that are half asleep, what is going on in each secret told. This film reminds me of senior year in high school, in Principal of Finances class. That class was fun, had many friends and learn all about this information thanks to Mr. Banks. What separates this film and that principal of finance class, is that the finance class had something that this film doesn't have: Bethlehem Steel Stories. Mr. Banks would tell us his legendary Bethlehem Steel stories every week. Whether it be working at Bethlehem Steel, what kind of man he was during those Bethlehem Steel days, his first drink at Bethlehem Steel, how he took his prom date to Bethlehem Steel, oh you name it. When you hear Mr. Banks talking about Bethlehem Steel, you get excited and pumped, meanwhile The Laundromat... Eh you really don't. There are things I like about this film. I for one really enjoyed The Cinematography, the film looked pretty with lovely sets, touching color pallet, and a solid costume design. The cast was decent all around. I'd say the best performance was Antonio Banderas, thought he did a really good job whatever character he was playing, which I'll discuss in a bit. Meryl Streep was also good too, I think I have an issue with this character due to the film's format presented. You know which performance annoyed me? Gary Oldman's, I found him rather annoying this time. Whatever this accent he was trying to pull didn't work for me, I don't like how he shouts at everything it just gave me a headache. I like math so the finance stuff interests me and I thought some parts were intriguing. As far as the story being told: The presentation was not the right choice to go forward with this story. Adam from YMS claim this film should've been a documentary, which I can understand his point of view and could agree it would be better as a documentary. But I saw potential in this film if it was presented as a mini series or simply an anthology film. Meryl Streep's character being in this film throughout didn't quite work because we keep jumping from character to character delivering a new secret of finance. It just all felt jumbled and didn't quite flow correctly, I do believe in a proper presentation this would be a solid project. The Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman characters explaining the film to us was useful, but however in the end they claim they told their side of the story at the end... Wait this film was around them?! I thought they were teaching the audience information about the story and finances, I never once thought of them, maybe Ellen but that's about it. Another problem I had is the fact this film only has one targeted audience and that's those whom are into math/numbers. This is a problem because film is suppose to elevate those whom are not interested to the slightest on an uninteresting topic, to become interested. People are going to think this film is boring and honestly: I can't blame them, it doesn't do anything particularly special as far as storytelling. It could've been something good in a proper format, but other than that it’s an underwhelming film. Overall, The Laundromat is an average film. For it's worth I give it a try, but don't expect anything above ok. -Mitch Smietana

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