2018 In Review: "Searching" + John Cho Should Get A Best Actor Nod

2018 In Review: "Searching" + John Cho Should Get A Best Actor Nod

The first post looking back at 2018, as well as the start of hopefully a run of posts up until the end of the year – this one just feels right.

I absolutely loved “Searching” with John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Sara Sohn, Alex Jayne Go, and Michelle La – and although I did think the weakest link while watching the movie was Debra Messing – it kind of made sense at the end of the film and maybe that was exactly the way she needed to be – although with the strong performance of John Cho, who anchored and made that film believable (along with a really strong performance by Joseph Lee) – her performance didn’t need to be great – just believable.

Written by Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian, and directed by Aneesh Chaganty – it did keep you on the edge of your seat and I thought the vehicles they used to show the main parts of the film – like using the YouTube channel of a news agency – were incredibly innovative and kept you guessing not just about the plot, but how the story was going to be unfolded from a completely operational view.

Generating around $75 million at the box office (off a reported $1 million budget) not counting revenue from On-Demand or other services – and having 90%+ ratings on a number of different review platforms – it’s just more proof that an Asian American Lead can anchor an innovative film that people want to watch, and that’s hugely profitable as well.

I DO THINK THOUGH…

I’ll be honest though too in that I think Cho’s performance will be overlooked and that if he was a non-Asian actor – and a White actor – he’d probably get more accolades for the film. His acting when you compare it to other films this year, it was undeniably a great performance that deserves recognition.

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