Film Review: The Bronze

Posted in Reviews, Top Stories by - March 20, 2016
Film Review: The Bronze

Is it a coming of age story? A rom com? An inspirational piece? Okay, it’s not an inspirational piece. But it definitely falls into both a coming of age story and a rom com.

The plot is simple: a star (in her own mind), Hope Annabelle Greggory, played by the always amazingly talented Melissa Rauch, is a washed-up once-upon-a-time winner of the Bronze Medal. Her adoring public only adores her because they don’t know how rude and crude she really is. Think of the urban dictionary…now turn it into a script. Yeah. Like that.

Hope refuses to get a job, preferring to live on a generous allowance from her mailman father (Gary Cole), which she supplements by stealing from greeting cards in his truck. Despite her father’s pleas to become a coach – “I was on Dancing with the Stars. Not on Dancing with the Coaches. I’m a star.” – she avoids any sort of responsibility until her coach dies and she receives a letter, promising her $500,000 if she takes on coaching duties for the new, up-and-coming star, Maggie Townsend (played by Haley Lu Richardson). Along the way, she strikes up a friendship with Twitchy (Ben Lawfort, played by Thomas Middleditch) that starts turning into more.

The movie starts strong, with Hope masturbating to the video of her winning the Bronze medal, followed by snorting crushed up cold medication. You know exactly what you’re in for after that. If you’re looking for sunshine and lollipops, you’re in the wrong theater. The Bronze manages to avoid clichéd sentimentality, even while it does stray into sentimental territory. Even when Hope is at her best, she’s still pretty bad, including a “special handshake” she teaches to Maggie. The motivations for the characters are all clear, and they’re all well thought out. Characters act the way you would expect them to, given their past and the plot.

However, one scene doesn’t work: I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that no matter how bad Hope was, one of her actions has no background to explain it. I am hopeful that it was a cut scene that provided the motivation, but even if it wasn’t, that one scene isn’t enough to ruin the movie. It threw me out of the moment, but definitely not out of the theater.

Melissa Rauch deserves extra mention because she does more than simply act in the movie – she is also one of the credited writers. What I found truly amazing about her performance was that it was difficult to picture her as Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory. Her voice, her expressions, and even her movements were completely different. It was remarkable how different Hope is from Bernadette. After she’s made her name in Big Bang, this character would be enough to make you forget it. She truly was that good.

If you’re looking for a feel-good story, then this isn’t the movie for you. If you’re looking for foul-mouthed fun with some romance thrown in, you’ll be in the right place.

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