The Other Woman (2014)

The Other Woman
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Writer: Melissa Stack
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj
Seen on: 16.5.2020

Content Note: sexism, possible transmisogyny, racism

Plot:
Carly (Cameron Diaz) is usually all business and has no time for love. But Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) somehow made it into her life anyway – and she’s ready for him to meet her father Frank (Don Johnson). But when he cancels the meeting on short notice because of plumbing problems at his house, Carly decides to surprise him there – only to find Kate (Leslie Mann), Mark’s wife. When Kate realizes what’s happening, she finds that she only has Carly to talk to and to understand what it’s like to get cheated on by Mark. They start plotting their revenge together, especially when they find out that Mark has been seeing Amber (Kate Upton), too.

The Other Woman is a nice take where the cheating dude gets his due and the women don’t get the blame for once. But they could have made more of that premise, I thought, both with regard to the basically-feminist message and the comedy.

The film poster showing Carly (Cameron Diaz) standing stiffly as Kate (Leslie Mann) and Amber (Kate Upton) cling to her.
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Mama (2013)

Mama
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Writer: Neil Cross, Barbara Muschietti, Andrés Muschietti
Based on: this shortfilm
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet, Jane Moffat

Plot:
5 years ago, Lucas’ (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) twin brother Jeffrey went on a killing spree, then kidnapped his daughters and disappeared with them into the woods. Now the girls Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse) and Victoria (Megan Charpentier) have been found. Somehow, they managed to survive on their own out there. But when Lucas and his girlfriend Annabelle (Jessica Chastain) take the two of them in under the supervision of psychologist Dr. Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash), Annebelle soon begins to wonder how alone the girls actually were and what followed them back to the house.

The first hour or so, Mama was a tense, stylish masterpiece. But then the film loses drive and I had my problems with Mama’s backstory and the ending.

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Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writer: Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt
Based on: Joseph Kosinski’s and Arvid Nelson‘s unpublished comic
Cast: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell

Plot:
Jack (Tom Cruise) and Vicka (Andrea Riseborough) are the only people left on earth. Everybody else has left after aliens attacked the earth and the only way to get rid of them were nuclear bombs. Now Jack and Vicka are tasked with drone repair, while the last of the water is sucked up to be transported to the human colony. But there are still some aliens on earth that keep attacking. Bit by bit though, Jack starts questioning what’s going on.

Oblivion stole most of its parts from famous SciFi movies and jumbles them together in absolutely meaningless and idiotic ways. It could have succeeded in being an homage, if it had been able to become more than just a string of scenes and plot points we already saw somewhere else. But unfortunately it just isn’t clever enough for that.

Oblivion

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Hodejegerne [Headhunters] (2011)

Hodejegerne
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Lars Gudmestad, Ulf Ryberg
Based on: Jo Nesbø‘s novel
Cast: Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Synnøve Macody Lund, Eivind Sander, Julie R. Ølgaard

Plot:
Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is a pretty successful headhunter with a beautiful wife, Diana (Synnøve Macody Lund). But he also has quite the complex because he is rather short. He believes that he can only keep his wife if he provides her with a certain lifestyle – for which not even his very nice salary is enough. So he moonlights as an art thief to supplement his income. But when he gets the chance to steal from Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), an ex-special forces tracking expert, things spin out of control.

Hodejegerne is an extremely decent, very well paced thriller. But I never really connected to Roger and until the very end, I wasn’t really sure if I was actually supposed to root for him.

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Underbar och älskad av alla (och på jobbet går det också bra) [Wonderful and Loved by All] (2007)

Wonderful and Loved by All is the adaptation of Martina Haag’s book, directed by Hannes Holm and starring Martina Haag, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Reine Brynolfsson.

Plot:
Bella (Martina Haag) is an actress. Unfortunately, she’s 40 and completely unsuccessful, broke and the desperate kind of single. In a last bout of defiance, she sends out her pimped resume to all major producers in the country, claiming, among other things, to be an acrobat. Much to her surprise, the Royal Theatre in Stockholm actually wants to hire her for an production of Twelth Night, directed by Ingmar Bergman – because of her skills as an acrobat. Drunk with joy, Bella decides to wing it all, especially after she meets her attractive colleague Micke (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

The film is nice, sweet, funny and totally shallow. A good choice when you want to spent a rainy afternoon at home (or at the movies), enjoying a European spin on a traditional RomCom that’s more Com than Rom.

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