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Amber Heard in SYRUP, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

This is Amber Heard’s new movie Syrup. Release date June 7th.

Summary: Highly Amusing Comedy Drama about the ups and downs of marketing

I just saw Shiloh Fernandez in the amazingly gross Evil Dead but he didn’t get a chance to do anything outstanding but here we see him successfully take on Comedy and I gotta say, I was impressed. I have seen a few of his movies but it’s only recently he’s been getting the better roles but he’s certainly earning his keep. He really can do humour quite well. Amber Heard was way better in this than I expected. It’s not that I don’t think she’s a good actor, on the contrary. I’ve seen everything she’s been in because watching her in action is pure pleasure (ok, I have a crush on her) and her acting has come a long way in a few short years. She appears to have chosen her roles wisely because she’s not got everyone saying she only gets parts because of her looks, the way of poor Megan Fox. It was quite interesting that she took on the role of a straight woman pretending to be gay.

Amber Heard in SYRUP, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Amber Heard in SYRUP, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

I haven’t read the book that Syrup is based but it’s writer Max Barry wrote the screenplay so I’m sure that’s why it flowed so well and was very sharp. The humour was really good too and the dialogue between Heard and Fernandez was always snappy which looked like it was helped along with them having fun playing their parts. I really enjoyed the writing and it suited my sense of humour perfectly because I laughed through a huge amount of the film. It really was funny.

Director Aram Rappaport has only done one other film back in 2009 called ‘Innocent’ but he seems to have learned some new tricks because this looks like an old pro put it together. He had the camera moving all the time keeping up a sense of urgency but then he could slow things down again to slip in some wicked humour. Amber’s one liners and wicked humour really were great to see as Aram Rappaport coaxed a solid performance from her. He also had these great shots where either Amber or Shiloh would talk to through the camera to the audience explaining the finer points of marketing which this film was all about after all.

A surprisingly decent little movie that was put together for a mere $6 million and it looks like a production that cost double so major kudos to Mr Rappaport for putting it all together.

Highly Recommended

Score: B+

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