A regular person must save humanity in Superintelligence, the latest from director Ben Falcone.
It’s not unreasonable to question whether humanity deserves to exist right now, which perhaps makes the premise of this movie a bit more disconcerting than intended. In it, a super-powerful A.I. asks this very question, and it decides to put humans on trial by observing an average person. It chooses Carol, an unemployed woman with some regrets about her past relationships. She must get her life on track or all of humanity will suffer, and her fumbling will be mined for laughs.
This could very well work thanks to its star Melissa McCarthy, who’s made a career out of playing bumbling but loveable characters. Her best films have ridden the fine line between laughing with and laughing at characters like Carol, and the warmhearted but hilarious comedy she does at her best is just what this film needs.
My hesitation is that her best films have never come from Falcone, who’s instead responsible for misfires like Tammy and The Boss. Hopefully, he’ll be able to recalibrate to match her instincts.
The supporting cast around McCarthy is also a charming lot, including Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyree Henry, and James Corden as the voice of the menacing A.I. That all of this is coming right to the safety of your home (at least in the US) through HBO Max means it will be worth taking a shot on, and hopefully, McCarthy will make it into gold.
Superintelligence is directed by Ben Falcone and stars Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, and James Corden. It will be released in the US on HBO Max on November 26th, 2020. For further release dates, click here.
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