Poms is a 2019 American comedy film that was directed by Zara Hayes and stars Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston, Alisha Boe, Phyllis Somerville, Charlie Tahan, Bruce McGill, and Rhea Pearlman. The film follows a group of women from a retirement home who decide to start a cheerleading squad. It was theatrically released in North America on May 10, 2019, by STX Entertainment.
Centering itself around Martha, a woman that is slowly dying of cancer, as she decides to move into a retirement community to live out her final days. She checks in and meets the supervisor of the community, who gives her a tour and explains that every resident must participate in an extracurricular activity. After getting to know her neighbors and some of the other residents is when they decide to start a cheerleading squad, as the supervisor said that it was okay to start a club. They hold tryouts for the squad, and pick several enthusiastic members including Olive and Alice, proving that it is never to late to follow your dreams.
In the United States and Canada, Poms was released alongside Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, Tolkein, and The Hustle, and was projected to gross $7-10 million from the 2,700 theaters that was playing it during its opening weekend. The film went on to make $1.5 million on its first day, including $225,000 from Thursday night previews. It ended up under-performing, debuting to just $5.4 million and finishing sixth. In its second weekend, the film dropped 61% to $2.1 million, finishing ninth. According to the review aggregation website, Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an overall approval rating of 35% based on the 75 reviews that have been submitted, with an average rating of 4.85/10. The critical consensus reads, “While the cast is something to cheer about, Poms squanders its talented stars on a cliched comedy that disrespects the demographic that it’s trying to celebrate”.
The Film Itself (3/5):
Poms is a movie that doesn’t really deliver a whole lot of laughs, and overall, the story as a whole, just kind of works. You can tell as you watch along that the cast members had tried to channel their younger selves as they tried to have fun with this project. The movie is one of those “feel good” types that plays into the cliched glamour that comes with being a member of a cheer squad. Sure, it wasn’t one of my personal favorites, but it was a movie that felt right as it progressed onward, and left my wife and I both smiling a tad as the events had developed.
Picture Quality (4/5):
Surprisingly shot digitally, the Blu-ray release of Poms gives viewers a super clean and colorful video presentation. With its sharp details and more natural feel of things, audiences are able to visually feel a sense of empathy as these folks are doing everything in their power to reach their goals. The facial textures are well defined, and overall color palette shined as it played out across my living room television. With some of the cheer performances being the highlight of the release as they boast their bright and more refined colors, allowing for audiences to celebrate as the main characters do their thing.
Audio Quality (4/5):
Packaged with an English DTS-HD Master Audio track, the Blu-ray release of Poms offers a pretty solid and serviceable audio experience for those of you that have a home theater system at home. While it lacks a decent amount of intensity, the movie as a whole doesn’t necessarily call for the inclusion of a booming audio experience. The depth and transitions from channel to channel that were included with this track were effortless, and really offered a great sense of immersion. The dialogue is spoken clearly, and the characters are able to be heard and understood without any issues whatsoever.
The Packaging (2.5/5):
The Blu-ray release of Poms comes packaged in the standard two-disc Blu-ray amaray case. In that case, the standard Blu-ray and DVD copies of the movie. Neither of the discs featuring any artwork that’s related to the movie outside of the standard release text. There is a digital copy redemption pamphlet included, as well as a slipcover that’s been made available during the initial print run that features the same artwork as the case.
Unfortunately, there are no special features included with the Blu-ray release of Poms. As a result, there is no rating included on this review as there is no reason to rate something that doesn’t exist.
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English SDH, Spanish
Original Film: 91 Minutes
Poms is a movie that is obviously geared toward those of you that will enjoy your typical feel-good storyline. I know my wife was much more excited about sitting down with this movie than I was. Overall, it was a pretty good story, and I can definitely admit that I found myself smirking as it progressed onward. The video and audio presentation that comes with the Blu-ray release were really nicely done, and offered an extremely clean look into the story that’s being told. It is a damn shame that there were no special features included with this release as I personally would have liked to have seen some pieces covering the inspiration behind this story. If you’re considering picking this release up for your collection, I do recommend checking it out. Maybe grab it while it’s on sale somewhere? Poms is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.
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