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Jerry Cutler On Theatre & Film—‘Hamilton’­ Is A Winner; ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard,’ Not So Much

Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 – 2:18 PM

Within two days I saw a movie and a play. They were diametrically opposed to one another. The first was The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The next night it was Hamilton. The first night was painful to my ears and my love for cinema. Those who get paid to review movies like the above, have definitely earned their wages with this one. The second is an homage to stage direction, acting, choreography, singing, costumes, scenery and theatrical brilliance.

My question to Ryan Reynolds and Samuel Jackson is simple. Why The Hitman’s Bodyguard? I’m sure they have a plethora of scripts to choose from as both are world-renowned and highly thought of within their craft.

The film is nonsensical with an abundance of pyrotechnical blasts placing undo pressure on the paying customers’ eardrums. Also, the unnecessary and constant barrage of “f” bombs, oft times preceded with a word whose mere mention brings warm memories of softness, morality, caring and love. A dichotomous pairing of words, indeed.

As for Hamilton, this is a debt of gratitude to Lyn-Manuel Miranda whose creative genius gave us this American classic. It is all at once vivacious, energetic, spirited and American. With all the discord percolating throughout our country, remember that it is the freedom we share that makes it possible for us to create, appreciate and enjoy movies and legitimate theatre. It’s what truly makes America Great.

My advice is save up your money and go see Hamilton at The Pantages.

Hamilton – 4 Bagels out of 4

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – 1 Bagel out of 4

Jerry Cutler is rabbi at Creative Arts Temple.


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