“Ava” (2020) Podcast Movie Review

Jessica Chastain in Ava

Ava (2020) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 88

“This is business.”

Derek and the Dominos cover band frontman Corky McDonnell and comedy understander Daniel Barnes confront Management with their review of the dreadful Ava. Jessica Chastain stars as the titular palindrome, a sensitive hitwoman confronting her tortured past. The film is vacuous and unoriginal without any real style or point-of-view, while a strong ensemble cast makes no effort.

Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss port-a-potty church casino raves, TikTok assassinations and Joan Chen freak trains.


Say It Isn’t So (Leo Logan)


Daniel’s craft spirit: Gold River Distillery‘s Wheelhouse Malted Rice Whiskey

U.S. theatrical release date: Sept. 25, 2020

Worldwide box office: $3.3 million

Critics scores: 17 on Rotten Tomatoes; 39 on Metacritic

This week’s darer: Caroline Hostetler

IMDB synopsis: “Ava is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.”

This week’s referenced movies: GoodfellasHercules in New YorkThe New MutantsMidnight CowboyThe Wizard of OzThere’s Something About MaryRollerball (2002); Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun LiThe PawnbrokerThe Illustrated ManThe HelpTom Clancy’s Without Remorse; the John Wick franchise; Fantastic FourThe SaintThe Bourne SupremacyAcross the UniverseTrainspottingBad MomsRawhead RexForrest GumpSwamp ThingGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Ratings: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Double Dare


Original theatrical trailer for Ava (2020)

Fountain fight

Ava vs. Management

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