The Upside is loosely based on the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou, a wealthy man who was paralyzed in a paragliding accident and the career criminal that he hires to be his in-live caretaker. In the film, Dell (Kevin Hart) applies to be Philip’s (Bryan Cranston’s) “life auxiliary” accidentally – as part of his parole, he is required to gather signatures as proof of his quest for gainful employment, and he “applies” for the position believing it to be a janitorial role. However, after Philip offers him the position against his assistant’s (Nicole Kidman’s) advice, it becomes apparent that Dell is just the person that Philip needs. The film, which is largely focused on its characters’ physical and emotional struggles, is surprisingly uplifting and uses humor to propel the storyline forward. However, some of the scenes highlight the unfortunate stereotypes that can be held toward individuals with disabilities, criminal records, different skin tones, etc. In the end, though, the conclusion is largely what you expect it to be, and the viewer is left with a serious case of the “warm fuzzies”. I would definitely watch it again.
Overall Rating: A
Librarian’s Rating: A+ for one (not-so-nice) character being a librarian and Philip’s quote that “Books are meant to be read.”« Back to Blog