Right off the bat, it’s easy to see the similarities between this movie and Men in Black, while chasing a suspect Will Smith gets introduced to a new world and slowly learns with the help of his new partner that he is surrounded by aliens, well if you swap aliens for dead people and let Ryan Reynolds play the lead everything else is almost the same, even his partner is a cowboy in the form of Jeff Bridges who is playing the Tommy Lee Jones character.
I enjoyed the film and the concept from the beginning, even though it had the blue print of ”MIB” there was moments and interaction between the two leads that was genuinely funny.
Once you get half way through you soon realise that the movie’s plot is some what misty, I remember thinking at one point what is the bad guys goal ?, it seems their goal was a secret so in turn the hero’s goal was a secret, the result was a lot of over the top CGI which was incredibly boring and almost cartoon like at times, it seems a trend of late with these type of films, (if in doubt, add a s*hit load more CGI )
I like both actors but the failure to write a good ending and middle really lets this project down.
The concept sounded good, a road trip built around a man forced to smuggle drugs across the border!
After days of mulling over his chances he decides he has a better chance of success if he recruits a family to join him on his trip across the border, this is where the fun should begin, I was expecting dark, witty and sick funny moments but what I got was a very safe packed lunch wrapped in a cheesy obvious comedy.
There where moments which made me smile but this movie is a big let down, the director decided against any flow in the film, there was at no stage any moments that created genuine excitement or danger,I think the comedy falls down because of this, you need a balance to any good comedy, a feel of reality… this film just endlessly plods on to a miserable conclusion.
The movie starts off as an Oceans eleven for magicians, the camera swings into scenes and introduces you to each character,the movie had a fresh feel to it for the first fifteen minutes but then you start to spot too many rabbits hiding and the film becomes a chore to get through.
Key faults –
Four different magicians all agree to steal money and get in to trouble with the police even though they don’t know who is instructing them to do so (very unbelievable), the dialogue is cocksure and generally off-putting after ten minutes.
I love Woody Harrelson but his role included him being the wild one who said everything he shouldn’t, I didn’t believe in his character for a second, only thing more fake than him was his team mates which consisted of three cocky but nervous people who are sure and unsure about everything, meaning this movie just feels lost throughout.
Two wise old actors in Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman throw their cards on to the stage to add some wisdom into the production, this is badly needed but once again the feel of the film is fluffy so you never really get absorbed enough to care about the ending, when the last trick finally arrives you get that feeling that the idea to turn the movie off in the first quarter would have been a good idea in hindsight.
In conclusion the movie doesn’t work and the twist is just horrible.
I wasn’t expecting much when I began to watch this film, Mark Wahlberg is a questionable actor and Dwayne Johnson seems to be tackling every part that Arnold once accepted back in the 80’s.
It’s remarkable that this is a true story, and even more remarkable that Mark and Dwayne both deliver in what is a quirky but hilarious movie, in parts, I say in parts as it takes around fourty minutes to get going, but once the action gets busy this flick had me in stitches,I nearly lost my breath in one scene, it was very subtle but I still think there are enough scenes throughout that will have people holding their sides.
Probably Marks best roles since ”Boogie nights”, he plays a dumb bodybuilder who wants to improve his life by helping himself to somebody else’s money, enter Tony Shalhoub ( ”Men in Black” & ”Monk”) the mans comedy timing is priceless, his character shows levels of stress and frustration that has not been seen on the big screen for a long while.
A pleasant surprise that made me have a fit of laughter
My immediate impression was to lust after this show, you have several characters who are competing with brains and ego in the news room, added to this you have Jeff Daniels who is very underrated actor, when you think back to his credits you have him as the lovable Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber, then as the romantic lead in ”The Goodbye girl” and now as the intellectual new anchor who purrs at the screen with an irresistible charm and sour wit, ”THE MAN HAS RANGE PEOPLE”.
Based on the first episode I was blown away, the writing seemed smart(from the creator of the ”West wing”) and I was interested in all of the lead actors, my excitement has dampened somewhat now I am into episode four, It still has the balls and the dialogue is clever but every now and again it touches on everything that the theme is fighting against, there are Alley Mcbeal moments, and constant relationship issues and power struggles throughout that kind of leaves a fluffy after glow to the show, I feel this is bating a certain type of audience and part of me wishes they had just made the show a tad bit more realistic, if a character is supposed to be an asshole , let him be an asshole, Jeff Daniels characters is mind bogglingly entertaining at times, but then he gets a conscience and goes round un laying golden track by apologising to people afterwards.
I hope it loses its fluff factor and zones in to the power struggles within the news more in the future.
This has the ingredients to go somewhere special!
I am amazed that Geoffrey Rush has not appeared in more blockbuster movies, the man has skills beyond his back catalogue, he picked up the accolades for the Kings speech but apart from that he was just a face that you knew, once again he produces a mesmerising show in ”Best offer”, he has a knack of letting you know that you are watching the real deal whenever he appears on-screen, I would love for the man to be teamed up with the likes of Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson or even Daniel Day-Lewis, the man is a monster of an actor,and I feel his true ability will tell when he gets his chance with the big boys.
With that being said the story and dialogue is simply beautiful, at times I watched in envy as each scene closed only to bettered by what was to come,the use of the English language was elegantly delivered without feeling like a period novel was being forced down your throat.
One of my films of the year!