Second Act

Featured In Issue 239, May 2019

WSR Score3.5
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Maya (Lopez) is a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations of not having achieved more in life. As an experienced, quick-witted, perceptive employee, she is passed over for a promotion solely because she doesn't have a college degree. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts and that it is never too late for a "Second Act." (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes: "Connecting With Milo Ventimiiglia" (HD 0:55), "The Empowering Women Of Second Act" (HD 0:55), "Friendship On And Off Screen" (HD 0:57) and "Working With The Ones You Love" (HD 0.32 ); the trailer, upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa and Panavision camera systems and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. This is a bright and colorful but natural-looking picture set in New York City. The settings and backdrops are visually dynamic with a nicely saturated color gamut. Primaries are strong and often pop, such as reds and greens. Fleshtones are perfectly rendered and reveal a range of complexions and women's makeup. Contrast is excellent. Blacks are deep and revealing and shadow delineation is revealing. Highlights shine with brilliance. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout, which sharpens the impact of the brilliant colors. This is a wonderfully vibrantly colored picture that creates a beautiful experience. IGary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is energized with a dynamic selection of music tracks that nicely envelop the surround field. The music is fun to listen to and energizes the theme of the storytelling. Of course, this is a dialogue-focused soundtrack and the dialogue is intelligible throughout with a slight forward presence. Atmospherics are natural sounding with an enveloping presence that extends to the surrounds. Deep bass is pretty limited but overall fidelity is good. This is a well-presented soundtrack that nicely complements the flow of the story that is fully entertaining. (Gary Reber)