Via HBOMax

The most basic human on Earth, Carol (Melissa McCarthy) is abducted by an out of control A.I. (voiced by James Corden) in an effort to destroy humanity while she struggles with saving her own heart. Just when you think it’s McCarthy and her famous schtick, she flexes her matured acting talents and will entertain the hell out of you. She proves, once again, what a brilliant actor she is and I’ll be pulling for her Oscar win from now until infinity.

Directed by Ben Falcone, this familiar directorial style feels safe, which is helpful in giving the invasive nature of the rest of the film proper context. The balance between voyeuristic camera angels and typical camera captures really gives the Big Brother vibe appropriate life.

In order for the audience to buy in to the premise and move the plot along, convincing the main character, Carol, was quick and felt a little forced. It moved almost too fast to believe and discredited the characters a little bit. Then, it clicked and I realized that was intentional because that breach of trust between audience and protagonist simulated the breach in confidentiality between technology and user. It shows what “the algorithm” does constantly with everyone’s data and shows it to us in a very clear and pervasive light.

A new, refreshing addition to the main character was how truly unapologetic she was. Typically, a female character would be apologizing for most of her behavior or trying to be polite whist covering up her super-intelliegent counterpart, but Carol says what she means and sticks to it with no repercussions. Instead of going along with someone else’s ideas, she stands up for herself, or just leaves the situation, instead of apologizing her way through begruging compliance. It was a noticeable difference in characteristics usually portrayed by women and what a wonderful change it was.

Another notable change that I loved was the female character didn’t have to settle for a male romantic interest that is older and uglier than her, like in most movies since the beginning of time. The casting for McCarthy’s love interest (Bobby Cannavale) was perfectly suitable and they made sense together in age, appearance, and chemistry. The casting across the board was done well and even though the roster was filled with A-List names, it didn’t feel overcast for the sake of the name drop. Sam Richardson can do no wrong in my eyes and certainly doesn’t disappoint in his cameo role alongside Falcone in his standard small appearances.

This year has reminded us that the important moments in life are the memories we make with the people we love the most. It highlights the mentality that we have been forced to adopt, that things and monetary possessions become obsolete when we all have none of it, together. That the main motivating factors of our lives have shifted to simply making memories the best they can be for each other, rather than only looking out for our individual gain.

It’s uplifting, hope-filled, and emotional. The tone during today’s climate is appropriate and sensitive. In a year that’s truly felt like the end of the world is approaching, this movie feels like hugging an old friend after a year in quarantine.