The Bubble: Movie Review

Before I begin, let me just get this off my chest. The Bubble was ridiculous. I’m still not sure its a good or a bad film.

Synopsis: The cast of a successful sub par movie franchise come together during a pandemic to shoot the next installment in a bubble set in England. However, because of health breaches, COVID exposures, and other issues on set, the 90-day shoot stretches to half a year with no end in sight. Now, the disgruntled cast must come together to free themselves from their inhumane prison to tell the world their story.

The Bubble had a great premise. It tackled the movie industry’s challenges during the pandemic in a satirical way. It did not take itself too seriously, and the A-List actors in the cast like Karen Gillan, Pedro Pascal, David Duchovny, also committed to their roles, resorting to exaggerations and physical comedy for a quick laugh. They were right up the alley of SNL stars Keegan Michael Key, and Fred Armisen. And what Judd Apatow movie was complete without his wife Leslie Mann and child Iris Apatow?

What’s really funny about The Bubble was its representation of different types of actors. There was the actor with the overblown sense of pride about his work, the one who wanted to break free of stereotype, the talented actor who was typecast to do certain roles, the one who was cast because of a strong social media following, and even a director who was hired because of the type and the studio exec who was caught between the welfare of the cast and the owner of the company who could care less about human beings.

I liked how The Bubble really seemed like a B movie straight to DVD type of production with the texture of the film which looked like it could have been rendered from a VHS because of its quality.

The film went all out with its ridiculous premise and midway through it, you will just wonder what the heck was happening. It seemed like each character was tasked to do a skit and it was all sewn back together in the end to try to make sense of what transpired in the last hour or so.

By its end, I was not sure if The Bubble was a good movie or not. There were funny parts and there were scenes that didn’t quite hit their mark. I actually asked myself why I opted to watch this instead of The Adam Project. Let’s just say that The Bubble requires an acquired taste, but to its credit, it also challenges us moviegoers to discern the types of movies that we consume. Nah, let’s just go with the first one.