The movie is an adaptation of ' 'The Intouchables' inspired by the life of Philippe Pozzo Di Borgo, a French businessman who became a quadriplegic in 1993 after a paragliding accident.
In The Upside, Phillip is a wealthy quadriplegic who decides to hire Dell, a parolee as his live-in caregiver in his New York penthouse.
While Dell deals with his personal issues (trying to reconnect with his son & baby mama), Phillip eagerly awaits death, hating his life without his deceased wife while living as a quadriplegic.
But slowly, the two men form an unlikely friendship despite coming from two different worlds. As the friendship blossoms, Dell and Phillip rediscover the joy of living life to the fullest.
As with most adaptation, you can't help but compare both films. But the good thing about The Upside is, the actors owned it. Quickly making you to forget 'The Intouchables'. Bryan Cranston is a fantastic actor and the onscreen chemistry between he and Kevin Hart was admirable & a joy to watch.
I liked that Kevin Hart ( Dell) toned down his delivery and did away with the overacting & forced comedy we sometimes know him for.
THE NOT SO GOOD
The story pacing was a little slow,moving in a way that comes off as a tad bit 'draggy'. THE VERDICT
The Upside is a simple story, unrushed, unforced but creeping up on you slowly & eventually bringing out the right emotions it wants from you.
You laugh, you cry then you sigh. And as it begins to sink in, you don't won't it end but it does.
Why because it is short , sweet & unpretentious.
The thought that it was someone's life story helped me connect and I really enjoyed it( seeing it thru the eyes of the characters)
THE UPSIDE is a sweet & sour film that gives you everything you need, without shoving it in your face, taking its time to impress.
And did it impress? Absolutely. You leave with a huge grin, and butterflies of happiness in your belly.