Late Night is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Nisha Ganatra from a screenplay by Mindy Kaling. It stars Emma Thompson, and Mindy Kaling. It follows A late night talk show host that suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show. She hires her first ever female writer to try and solve some internal issues but ends up working with her to save her sh
Late Night is an Amazon Original. I haven’t seen a lot of them, but I was impressed in the past with The Big Sick and Jack Ryan. More than that though, I have always and forever been impressed by Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling. Emma Thompson obviously being a great veteran actor and Mindy Kaling having one of the most impressive careers in Hollywood. So, imagine my surprise when all of that put together produces such a milk-toast movie.
It’s not as if I hated this film, that fact is that there just wasn’t enough it in to care about to even hate it! The acting of Thompaon and Kaling is obviously good, but far from either of their best. The chemistry between the two of then isn’t bad but it is seriously lacking anything needed to hold up a character driven movie. The premise was great! I like the idea of someone trying to save her show from getting taken over by a younger host so they have to spice it up. It’s a classic storyline. Not the talk show part, but needing to modernize something and work harder so it doesn’t get taken away. I just wish they would have done that storyline BETTER. They had Ike Barinholtz, who is a very good and underrated actor. Maybe use him a bit more, make him the bad guy a little more. Anything really. The main saving grace of this was John Lithgow. That man is a treasure of acting.
To finish up my main point you should take from this is that this movie isn’t good, nor bad. It’s not interesting, or uninteresting. It’s just nothing, and that’s kinda worse than being bad. Isn’t it?