- By Arlene Winnick
- Photo Courtesy of STX Films
I am usually a bit skeptical about remakes particularly when Hollywood does it to one of my favorite foreign films, but my faith was restored after seeing The Upside.
The all-star cast – Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman – takes the original film, The Intouchables, to a new level putting a heartwarming contemporary spin on the odd couple story of the uber-wealthy sophisticated Phillip (Cranston) who has been paralyzed from the neck down in a freak hang-gliding accident and Dell (Hart), a fast-talking rough around the edges loveable ex-con who needs a job, any job. Kidman as Yvonne, Philip’s Gal Friday, is the perfect foil and secret ingredient in the mix.
As expected (just enjoy, don’t analyze), the two opposites soon attract each learning and sharing each other’s very different lifestyles, simple pleasures and eccentric quirks. There’s lots of laugh out loud moments particularly the fish out of water sequences; and yes there are lots of clichés (and handicap jokes) thrown around but the performances of Cranston and Hart are spot on. And they really look like they are having a great time… and have remarkable on screen chemistry.
“The Upside” hits theaters on January 11th.