'The Professor' [Blu-ray+Digital]
(Johnny Depp, Rosemarie DeWitt, Danny Huston, Ron Livingston, et al / Blu-ray + Digital / R / 2019 / LGF)
Overview: A college professor lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Blu-ray Verdict: College professors are a group of people who I typically have a certain level of contempt for! There, I said it.
They tell students what to think rather than teaching them how to think, and they attempt to tear away any individuality which students may exhibit.
For that reason, I thought I wouldn't enjoy this movie for it was about a type of person I don't care for and the synopsis of the film made it sound like a boring story - one we've all seen more than once before.
However, to my great surprise 'The Professor' is a VERY funny, heartwarming, revealing and openly honest (and unique) film that I beg you all to see!
All the acting in this film is commendable. Johnny Depp does a brilliant job playing the melancholic, but also eccentric college professor who has stopped giving a damn about niceties.
The writing is also very well done with the comedy actually having me laugh out loud more than once (which is a miracle in this day and age for films, intentional comedies or not, trust me!).
When I first read about 'The Professor' I thought it was going to be a slow drama, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it actually wasn't.
It seems to me that the reason critics hated this film while audiences enjoyed it is that the movie pokes fun at elitist, self-absorbed types, who many professional critics regularly praise and consider themselves amongst, of course.
Bureaucrats, feminists and those so-named corporate types are amongst the those who get mocked in this movie, which isn't often seen in cinema - especially in cinema with such popular and mainstream talent involved.
A secondary reason why so-called professional critics may have panned this film would be due to the still lingering controversy regarding the accusations made against Depp by former spouse Amber Heard.
We've seen self-appointed moral arbiters pan films for similar things time and time again and if that fact did really affect their ratings and words, well, shame on them.
Overall, ok, sure, there is a small amount to complain about here with regard actions taken, points made, motions granted and such, but there is just way more wholly praise within this delightful, and raw, and honest new film from Lionsgate Films.
In conclusion, sure, again, the story is a familiar one, but the funny writing combined with some unique and quite brilliant acting makes 'The Professor' stand out amongst other films about terminal illness. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Death and How to Live It: Making The Professor
'The Professor' Blu-ray and DVD will include a making-of featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Official 'The Professor' Trailer