Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Release Date: May 29th (Netflix)
Netflix’s newest hit Always be my Maybe is yet another rom – com. The powerhouse streaming service is back at it again. From the opening scene it is clear that the former Malcom In The Middle writer wasn’t messing around. In her first film director Nahnatchka Khan has shown she is capable of creating something great.
Always Be My Maybe stars Ali Wong and Randall Park. Wong stars as Sasha Tran, a San Francisco native who emerged as one of the most famous chef’s in the world. Randall Park stars as Marcus Kim, who is also from San Francisco. Kim is in a local band and is a “caretaker” for his father.
The movie starts out with Marcus and Sasha as kids. The two grew up in the same neighborhood and have been best friends since they were children. The movie allows the viewer to grow with the characters throughout the film. With the films opening scenes being Sasha and Marcus as children, it allows us to know what type of relationship they have. From going to the fair together to always being at one another’s house, Khan made the two leads relationship feel authentic and natural.
As for Ali Wong and Randall Park the chemistry they have put their relationship over the top. Wong and Park have the dynamic of an old married couple. As a viewer you are drawn into Sasha’s and Marcus’ relationship. The dialogue these two have is perfect and feels authentic. Nahnatchka Khan made us feel like we were the one in the relationship.
With a new twist on an overblown genre, Always Be My Maybe sticks out from the other Romantic comedies of 2019. The use of an actor playing himself was a nice touch. It was something that isn’t all that common, but was perfect for this movie. It’s something more directors and actors should be open to. Keanu Reeves of all people pops up mid movie and does just this. Reeves comes out in surprising fashion and is hilarious. He plays himself, the actor and celebrity that he is in this John Wick frenzy we are living in.
Between the natural chemistry Ali Wong and Randall Park have, to the hilarious surprise performance of Keanu Reeves, Always Be My Maybe is the best film Netflix has put out this year.
With swing and misses on other big name, big budget movies such as Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil And Vile Or the awful Jake Gyllenhaal lead Velvet Buzzsaw it is clear that Netflix needs to stick with the Romantic comedy types. Between Set It Up to All The Boys I’ve Loved Before to most recently “Always Be My Maybe” Netflix has found something they are excelling at. Hopefully for our sake we get more of these, and less of Triple Frontier.