I Feel Pretty Blu-ray Review
I Feel Pretty Review
Amy Schumer gets self-Shallow Hal'd in the feel-good comedy, I Feel Pretty.The co-directorial debut of writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, I Feel Pretty is a solid enough first effort, finding humour with heart in its unlikely subject-matter, and turning the marmite Amy Schumer into a strangely likeable lead whose journey isn't - for once - all that objectionable.
The story follows Schumer's low esteem web manager for a fashion company, who has a desperate dream to be beautiful, and who thinks that her wish has been granted when she bumps her head and wakes up looking at herself differently in the mirror. Of course those around her just think that she has gotten a little confidence, but the confidence lands her a new job mingling with the glamorous models and head honchos in the fashion company, and even a love interest to boot, although her inner beauty starts to eventually go to her head, as she starts to leave behind anyone who can't keep up with her newfound enthusiasm.
A solid lead vehicle for Schumer
I Feel Pretty doesn't trade the same distasteful line as the frequently funny but still objectionable Shallow Hal - Schumer's perception change is never shown to be a hallucination where she suddenly sees Gwyneth Paltrow in the mirror - but it's a fine line, with only the earnest attempts at heartfelt feel-good vibes carrying you through the strange attempt at high concept comedy. That and the thankfully not infrequent laughs.
Schumer embraces the lead, and does well to play insecure - and secure - the dual-personas perfectly captured, and she's supported by a number of solid additions, including a game Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Philipps, Lauren Hutton and Rory Shovel, who is superb as the love interest and - an increasing rarity in films these days - gets to play a genuinely decent guy who isn't an idiot. I Feel Pretty doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it makes for a solid lead comedy vehicle for Schumer, and is a strong directorial debut for Kohn and Silverstein.
I Feel Pretty Blu-ray PictureSony's UK Blu-ray release of I Feel Pretty affords the comedy excellent video courtesy of the 1080p/AVC-encoded High Definition presentation, framed in the film's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.4:1 widescreen.
A largely excellent video presentation
Detail is excellent throughout, with strong production values shining in every corner, and the City streets looking as glamorous as ever. Clarity is superb, with every little detail lapped up, skin textures superb and clothing and hair perfected, even when they're supposed to look messy. The colour scheme is broad and vibrant, popping with primaries; a strong spectrum of tones that look superb. Black levels round out a largely excellent video presentation - an unlikely candidate for reference treatment.
I Feel Pretty Blu-ray SoundThe accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is also more than punchy enough to qualify for demo material, as unlikely as it is, delivering the goods - the trifecta of dialogue, effects and score - with aplomb.
Demo material, as unlikely as it is
Dialogue remains firmly prioritised across the frontal array, taking precedence throughout the piece, whilst effects pick up on the nominal atmospherics, the bustling streets, the hectic spinning class and the crowds around the catwalks. The score provides excellent support, with some solid little numbers punctuating the piece and giving the presentation the edge. It's a great aural accompaniment.
I Feel Pretty Blu-ray ExtrasThe UK Blu-ray release affords fans a Featurette, some Deleted Scenes and an engaging Gag Reel
I Feel Pretty Blu-ray VerdictA solid directorial debut
Amy Schumer may not be everybody's go-to favourite female comedian, but she does surprisingly well in this lead vehicle, making a potentially dangerously Shallow Hal-esque role work with a decent amount of heart and soul and a fair few gags that land. It's not wall-to-wall laugh-out-loud territory, but it's a solid directorial debut from two writers familiar with this territory.
The UK Blu-ray release more than does the film justice with excellent video and audio and a few extras to prevent it from being labelled bare bones. Fans should consider it a decent purchase.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £14.99
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