Movie Review: Stuber
Michael Dowse directs this film, and it stars Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Batista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Karen Gillan, and Mira Sorvino.
Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) is an uber driver who picks up a passenger, Vic (Dave Batista), a cop who is after a criminal. Stu drives Vic to his destination, but Vic’s eyesight isn’t the best (after having laser surgery), so Stu finds himself involved in this chase and does whatever it takes to receive his 5-star rating.
Went into the film with low expectations as I’ve been reading many negative reviews. I had fun with this film. I’m very much aware that I enjoyed this film more than the majority of the critics. I agree with the audience; in this case, 80% of us enjoyed this movie. I think Batista and Nanjiani have great chemistry, and their comedic timing is perfect. Granted this film isn’t original and Batista’s acting isn’t great, but Nanjiani saves the film for me. His onscreen charm made this film watchable. I agree with the criticism about the recycled buddy cop story and how the plot overall is a mess. Batista isn’t the best actor working at this moment, but I enjoyed what he did here. I just recently watched a small documentary about him and his career as a wrestler and his transition to the film industry. I learned a few things about him and it gave me a new perspective about his acting career. I’ve been a fan of him since the wrestling days and I think if you watch this documentary (at the WWE network) you may have an appreciation for his current work and his journey to it. However, this movie proves that Dave isn’t quite ready for a lead role yet. I loved the diverse cast in this film and I wouldn’t be surprised if I see these two pair up again in the future. I had a good time and I’d recommend seeing this film.
I give this film a 7 out of 10