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

Sunday, December 30, 2018

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'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.