Set it Up (2018)
I am so grateful for the depth that is in so much of media today. We live in an age where so many interesting ideas and intense emotions are being explored through television and film, even just looking at what is currently streaming on Netflix this depth is clear. Shows such as Bojack Horseman and Master of None have touched audiences through brilliant scripts that dives deep into human culture and leaves the audience an emotional mess. But there are also times where you need just a simple romantic comedy, and Set it Up supplies that perfectly.
Now that isn't to say that Set it Up has a dumb script, its actually quite the opposite. The biggest issue with Set it Up is the story, it is extremely simple. There was at no point in this movie where it swayed from the beaten path, you know where this movie is going at all times and it does basically nothing to surprise you, and because of this it should feel basic and boring, yet the script keeps these feelings from the audience. Set it Up has some of the best written dialogue and characters of the year, the conversations feel so natural and almost relatable even though I doubt anyone watching this film has been through the process of setting up their boss like the main characters in this film. The dynamics work so well in this movie that the audience can't help but be sucked into the drama of this situation and have a great time despite how simple the plot it. This movie proves that even if a film uses a well used plot the execution still is everything. I also was taken back by how full and real the world of this film felt, even in the background extras you can feel the natural diversity of this world. They perfectly use the energy of New York City and they create an inviting world that has the perfect energy for the story being told.
I also must praise the acting in this film, both of our main leads (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) have really strong chemistry that helps build an extremely natural feeling relationship. Both of the bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) also are really good. Both actors are challenged with pretty extreme characters that could of felt really artificial, but instead of falling into that hole they are able to hold their characters together and make them work. This is another huge reason why these characters and their drama worked, it wasnt cringy bad acting. Everyone made it feel like their character had layers and fit naturally into this world. (Also big shoutout to the smaller yet amazing performances by Pete Davidson and Tituss Burgess, both performances had me audibly laugh and are masterfully done).
I am not going to lie and say that you NEED to go check out this film, it really does nothing so amazing that it is a must watch and does follow an extremely simple plot that might be a turn off for some, yet with a really well written script and some fantastic characters and performances behind them I fully believe that you will find enjoyment with this movie. It is on Netflix so it really doesn't require much effort to watch, and overall I highly recommend it if you are in the mood for a fun romantic comedy.