I have been tracking this movie since it was on the festival circuit, as I love Sam Rockwell, so I had a lot of desire to see it. It was, however, by the same writer as "American Ultra" and had a similar plot, and that movie was a letdown to me. Ultimately, this film was also a letdown, not delivering on my desire for a good balance of action and comedy.
The plot of this film is extremely muddled. It took me almost 30 minutes to understand the plot of the film. (This isn't a spoiler, as it was featured in the summary on the Redbox website. I checked to make sure.) The film is about a hitman with a moral compass that kills the people who try to hire him. For the early part of the movie, I thought that the main character was a double agent, hired by the target to kill the other person. The film had to reveal this in expositional dialogue for this to be clear. The film has the main romantic comedy plot with two action subplots. Unfortunately, the action subplots end up overweighing the main romantic comedy, much like "American Ultra". The film's incorporation of the subplots is even messy, cutting between the subplots and main plot frantically, with no logical reason.
The film does provide a few laughs, but they are mainly due to the actors. Sam Rockwell is by far the best part of this movie. He brings his sarcastic, witty humor to the film, and it fits. RZA also has a very funny supporting role. The dialogue between the two characters is light and funny, a high point in the film. Sadly, Anna Kendrick and Tim Roth disappoint. Kendrick is annoying. She chose to give the character a somewhat childish personality, which is fitting in the beginning, but as the script calls for the character's personality to mature, it doesn't. Tim Roth's talents are wasted in this film, as he is given a gloriously underdeveloped character with few meaningful lines to say.
So overall, "Mr. Right" was a bit of a disappointment to me. Sam Rockwell delivered, but the film doesn't have much more to offer. It might be worth checking out on Netflix, but definitely isn't worth paying much for.
Big Tuna's Rating: C-
How Did I Watch It?: Redbox rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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