Review by Paris Jade
The Bubble tells the story of a cast and crew trying to make a sequel to a blockbuster franchise amid the global pandemic of COVID-19. The cast and crew quarantine inside a luxurious hotel, slowly driving themselves insane. This film is your cliché pandemic movie. You enter and immediately are immersed back into good ol' 2020, everyone's favorite year. Whoever thought it was a good idea to make films set in one of the worst years of all of our lives, congratulations, you've created a new movie genre for people to hate.
The film begins by introducing the movie's main character Carol Cobb (Karen Gillan) being offered the sequel to a franchise. This is a fine setup. You're intrigued, and it pulls you. Who doesn't love a film about making a film? Unless, of course, you aren't into the meta-ness of it all. However, as the film drags on, it gets worse and worse. By the end of the movie, you don't know what just happened. It is a rollercoaster ride of a film, and you will most definitely be in shock the whole way through. As you keep watching, you forget that it's all one movie because the plot changes and gets wilder every 10 minutes.
The most entertaining aspect was the movie they were making in the film. It looked absolutely ridiculous, but you kind of want to watch it. This movie is so bad that you just have to hate-watch it. Other than that, the film is quite comedic. It's a bad movie with bad comedy, but you somehow end up enjoying it. Certain scenes are so bad you just have to laugh because what else are you supposed to do? The special effects look pretty low-budget, but it's on purpose for comedic effect, so you could say they are good. Director Apatow only has his comedy to rely on, with films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin under his belt.
If you need a quick, cheap laugh and want a bad film to watch, The Bubble is that movie. However, if you're not in the mood to hate-watch something because you'd rather love the world and not be reminded of the horror that was 2020, please skip out on watching this film. It's not the worst movie out there, and it will be a guilty pleasure to watch when you are feeling low, but remember that there are other films.
The Bubble streams on Netflix beginning April 1.