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Better Start Running (2018)

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An eclectic band of misfits becomes an unlikely family as they take a wild journey in the name of love while on the run from an overzealous FBI duo who wants them dead or alive - preferably dead.


Brett Simon


Chad Faust, Annie B. Compton (as Annie Burgstede)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Sharp ... Harley
Analeigh Tipton ... Stephanie
Mary Elizabeth Runyon Mary Elizabeth Runyon ... All Shop Mom
Zella Leigh Zella Leigh ... Baby
Emily Fitz Emily Fitz ... Shoe Customer
Juan White Juan White ... Sam
Chad Faust ... Dale Hankey
Jeremy Irons ... Garrison
Andrea Lwin ... Ada
Edi Gathegi ... Fitz Paradise
Jason Kehler Jason Kehler ... Hork Factory Security Guard
Maria Bello ... Agent McFadden
Chloe Catherine Kim ... Hork Gift Shop Employee (as Chloe Kim)
Karan Soni ... Agent Nelson
Jay Santiago ... Dale's Replacement at All Shop


In BETTER START RUNNING, an unexpected series of events turns everyday store clerk Harley [Alex Sharp] into a wanted man - and even more unexpectedly, he finds himself on the run with the girl of his dreams (Analeigh Tipton). FBI Agent McFadden [Maria Bello] is determined to crush him and wants to teach her rookie partner [Karan Soni] how it's done. But while the agents pursue their culprit, our hero has loftier pursuits. He kidnaps his Vietnam vet grandfather [Jeremy Irons] to reunite him with the love of his life, picks up a try-hard beatnik hitchhiker [Edi Gathegi] with a secret of his own, and against all common sense follows a roadside attractions map with a mysterious history. As the agents get closer and closer with every stop, this eclectic band of misfits becomes an unlikely family, because sometimes a running start - can be a better start.

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Some journeys are more MonuMental than others


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Harley: You steal?
Fitz Paradise: Did Robin Hood steal bread? Did Jesus steal the grace of God?
Stephanie: So smart.
Harley: ...But... They're little girls...
Fitz Paradise: No, no, no, no. Look behind the curtain, Dorothy. Selling cookies is how corporate American turns little girls into capitalists. Teaching them how to capitalise on their youth in skimpy outfits to move product. Behind those multiracial, happy faces, there's a big patriarchal pimp turning out little girls, one by one. I steal to lift the weight of these boxes off of their backs - ...
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This is a getaway, not a vacation
30 October 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

There are examples of entertaining road movies out there, the balancing of comedy and heart can be hard and meandering is a danger but with a mix of funny and emotional moments, characters worth caring for and a good cast they can work. The trailer did seem sort of amusing, though predictability was a worry. And such a great actor like Jeremy Irons, who also produced, is reason enough to see any film or project regardless of how the overall product turns out.

Do think that it is better than the not so good reviews suggest, but am in accordance with the mixed rating here. Being somebody who was very mixed on 'Better Start Running' when seeing it on Prime. Not an awful film, it has its moments and it has good things. Don't think it entirely worked though as for me there were problems with it and quite big ones. 'Better Start Running' did have a lot of good intentions and it is hard to not admire that.

'Better Start Running' is carried by most of the cast. Alex Sharp, though he does overdo the accent, and especially Analeigh Tipton are appealing leads, where one can really see their chemistry, which was very sweet and natural, and care for one another. Edi Gathegi does a nice enough job with what he was given. Although there is no bias intended (he hasn't been exempt from bad performances, 'Dungeons and Dragons' was hamminess taken to a whole new level and he has been deserving of better material for a while now), Irons shines best of all as an old foul-mouthed grump with a heart although he does try too hard with the accent. He is especially good in the outcome of his subplot, his hurt and anger without saying a word being a great representation of what makes him so great an actor.

It's a film that has some amusing moments, sometimes of the dark kind, the best lines coming from Garrison. It is very sweet without falling into mawkishness, like the chemistry between Sharp and Tipton. It is touching at times, like Garrison's subplot, which is the story element with the most depth by far and is actually a bit of a tear-jerker (the scene between Irons and Seymour is beautifully done), and how he takes the disappointment. It does have warmth and could see that it had its heart in the right place. It's nicely and slickly filmed and the scenery is attractive, especially in the closing moments which are quite idyllic. The soundtrack doesn't go over-the-top or sound inappropriate, it is not the kind of soundtrack that sticks in the mind forever but it at least fitted and didn't over-spell out the characters' emotions that much.

Sadly, 'Better Start Running' did have its faults for me. The pace can be rather dull, the early portion of the film (meaning up until the getaway started, so pretty much everything involving Stephanie's workplace) was set up that took far too long to get going, saved from unwatchability by the moments between Harley and Garrison. Actually came close to bailing but never try to do that with films. Luckily it does pick up and is never incoherent but still has meandering moments where there are too many parts that don't go very far. Didn't find myself bored or annoyed by the main characters, although Harley incriminating himself in a phone call was pure stupidity, but the only one of them and of the entire film to have any depth is Garrison.

Jane Seymour is lovely as ever but has far too little to do other than being a cameo plot device in one character's subplot. Worst of all of the cast however are Chad Faust and especially Maria Bello. Faust's sleazeball act is so over-the-top that it is enough to make one not care for how the outcome was going to turn out. Bello plays the most cartoonish FBI agent of any film seen recently in a long time and it gets worse and worse with every minute of her screen time. There are some clumsy moments in the script, not just in the early portions but that scene between Harley and Garrison around two thirds of the way through was a big example of this, for all Irons' very deeply felt and intense acting in that scene one just cannot believe how anybody could speak to their own grandson in that way for no reason. Don't know about anybody else, but the ending felt too pat and abrupt.

In summary, a bit of a mixed bag. 5/10

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14 March 2019 (Kuwait) See more »

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