New movies to stream from home this week.
When the Trailer came out for something called “Cliff Beasts 6: The Battle for Everest”, a “Jurassic Park” type dinosaur action-adventure sequel starring Keegan-Michael Key and Karen Gillan, it looked pretty corny, despite the fact that no we had never heard of “Cliff Beasts” Nos. 1 to 5. Later, when a second trailer made it clear that “Beasts” was just a fake movie within a movie – part of a pandemic behind-the-scenes cinematic comedy by Judd Apatow titled “The bubble— that other movie also looked potentially hilarious. But the finished product is not. Filmed during the pandemic and reportedly inspired by the making of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’, whose cast and crew were sequestered due to covid-19 restrictions, ‘The Bubble’ is a grossly unfunny satire of Hollywood which appears to be both too broad and too many insiders. While it’s meant to evoke circumstances recognizable to ordinary humans, it fails, with jokes centering on a cast of pampered, self-absorbed characters cooped up in an expensive hotel in England while seeking sex and having narcissistic outbursts. On paper, the cast is excellent, including Fred Armisen, Iris Apatow, Maria Bakalova, David Duchovny, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon and Pedro Pascal, and featuring celebrities from Beck, James McAvoy and others. But apart from a few very small delights – like newcomer Harry Trevaldwyn, an Apatow comedian discovered on instagramwho plays the covid production supervisor – ‘The Bubble’ is much less entertaining than what little we see of ‘Cliff Beasts 6’. A. Available on Netflix. Contains coarse language, sexual material, drug use and some violence. 126 minutes.
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