“Why Him, ” James Franco‘s new movie, has been panned by the critics. Meanwhile the actor is rumored to have been cast in the upcoming “Alien: Covenant” Alien movies prequel.
The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has given “Why Him” only a 45% rating. It stars Franco as a strange tech billionaire who meets his girlfriend’s father played by Bryan Cranston. Since Cranston’s character of course does not like Franco, hilarity is supposed to ensue.
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The Hollywood Reporter said, “The result is an efficient, but grim and cynical machine of a comedy: You’ll laugh, but it’ll likely be a visceral response to the sheer, bullying spectacle of it all rather than a reaction of genuine amusement. And you’ll hate yourself in the morning.”
But Vanity Fair really liked James Franco’s performance saying, “Franco does a marvelous balancing act—playing dumb, then kicking back on his good looks. It should be annoying, but it isn’t. This isn’t just winging it—this is very refined craft. A character with blithe irresponsibility is, for Franco, clay with which to mold something beautiful. This isn’t all the director, writer, and performer does, but like the Rolling Stones returning to a simple blues, when he does it, there’s a perfection few can top.”
Hopefully for James Franco “Alien: Covenant” will be a better movie. Fan site AvPGalaxy reports, “Franco will be appearing in ‘Alien: Covenant’ as Branson, the captain of the Covenant and husband of Katherine Waterson’s [character] Daniels.”