I’m Going to Need One More Shot of The Previous Two

January 27, 2012 in Movies

With The Hangover Part II being the most successful rated-R comedy of all time, it’s a no brainer that a third installment is on the way. While I wasn’t that burned by the sequel as much as the surprising amount of others were, I’m more than curious to see what the writers can come up with to prevent another rehash of the same kind of story telling.  Now that negotiations are done (each of the three actors have landed $15 million each), Bradly Cooper expects the film to begin shooting in September. Are you guys up for another round?

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“The Hangover Part II” Movie Review

December 7, 2011 in Movies

The Hangover sequel has a mountainous task in trying to even compare to the way-over-quoted original movie. It’s not mountainous in the context of quality, but financially — the first Hangover was the highest grossing rated-R comedy of all time. Well, good thing I said “was” because the sequel has dethroned it but only in terms of box office haul, not so much quality.

The Hangover Part II is definitely not a horrible movie, but it didn’t stick with me the way the original did. I didn’t get annoyed by my friends constantly quoting the same lines yet still laughing as hard as they did when they first quoted a goddamn Alan line — it’s just not as memorable. Phil, Stu, and Alan (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, respectively) AKA the Wolfpack return to another bachelor party, namely Stu’s, set in  Thailand. If you’ve seen the first movie, then you literally know how the rest of the basic plot goes. The crew brings along Stu’s soon-t0-be brother-in-law and, in the process of throating down excessive amounts of alcohol, lose him in Bangkok.

Expect many-a gross out moments

While the individual scenarios are different and more gnarly in terms of the gross-out factor, the overall set-up is identical to the first. A lot fo hate has been thrown towards this movie for replicating the first, but did you honestly expect something different? I understand these criticisms and I actually agree with them, but I didn’t expect The Hangover II to be a different beast than its predecessor. As mentioned before, each layer added here opts for testing out your gag reflex with some of the disgusting scenarios the Wolfpack endures. They’re undoubtedly funny but it’s not because of each joke’s wit, but because laughing (or gagging) is the only possible response.

The Hangover Part II is still well worth your money with the caveat that you keep your expectations in the appropriate place. Don’t go in thinking, “wow, I wonder what how they’re going to build upon the last movie!”, because you’ll be crushed as they just replicate the prior film, going as far as to having another credits sequence slideshow. The cast give a highly entertaining performance, churning out hilarious reactions to each situation. If you go in knowing you’re getting more of the same, you’ll be more than fine, just be wary of when you decide to sip your drink because if you drink at the wrong time, it will be spit out.

REPORT CARD

 Story: 65

Direction: 75

Cinematography: 86

Special Effects: N/A

 Score: 65

Actor Performances: 88

OVERALL

76

 

 

“Puss In Boots” Movie Review

November 23, 2011 in Movies

When Shrek first came onto the scene, it was neat to see modern store brands and pop culture references set in a medieval, fairy tale-tinged setting, but four movies later, that concept had begun to wear thin. The Puss In Boots character was a fun character introduced in Shrek 2 and has always been a reliable source of chuckles, “D’AW”-like reactions, and a smoldering hot accent via Antonio Banderas. However, fatigue from the Shrek franchise has me weary of this spin-off, despite my love for this character.

Puss In Boots is all about the roots of the title character and his surprisingly intricate relationship with on-and-off-again best friend, Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis). The fairy tale references don’t reach the ridiculous, orgy-like numbers of the Shrek franchise and, while they’re still random, they don’t seem as out of place or as ludicrous as they were in Shrek. Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris) turn out to be an amusing pair of absolutely fugly antagonists as they defend the magical beans (the ones form Jack and the Beanstalk) from Puss and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek). The one character everyone will undoubtedly be quoting is the “Oooooooh!” cat who always knows when to show up.

The movie isn’t a straight-up comedy, but rather a straight-up origin story with some clever humor sprinkled throughout. It can become plodding and even boring in some parts, but the movie has heart in its central theme of loyalty. Puss In Boots isn’t your slapstick animated feature, it’s an animated drama that knows when to be light-hearted and for that, you can’t go wrong with Antonio Banderas’ Accent: The Movie.

REPORT CARD

 Story: 75

Direction: 75

Cinematography: 85

Special Effects: 89

 Score: 85

Actor Performances: 88

OVERALL

78

“Due Date” Movie Review

March 3, 2011 in Movies

So, straight-laced dude meets free-flowing dude and are forced together in a road trip. This is the basic set-up for Todd Phillip’s (Old School, The Hangover) follow-up to 2009′s summer comedy hit, The Hangover,and boy-oh-boy does it deliver. The aforementioned set-up could’ve gone down the path of suck, but thanks to some stellar performances and  witty writing, Due Date manages to be one of 2010′s funnier, raunchier comedies.

Zach Galifianakis plays the absolutely infuriating, naive, aspiring actor, Ethan Tremblay as he does his best — without trying, mind you — to make Peter Highman’s (Robert Downey Jr.) life a Hell simulator. I won’t spoil exactly how Tremblay bends Highman over the counter numerous times since that is the majority of the absurdity and hysterical laughs, but I will say that your enjoyment of the movie depends on the amount of tolerance you’ll have for Tremblay. He really is a goddamn nuisance but he has his moments where you can’t help but sympathize for him for the situations he ends up in with his “father”. Peter Highman is more of a traditional, no-nonsense kind of guy, so it’s not hard to see why the two constantly butt heads.

The chemistry between the two works for the most part and when they make that predictable transformation from conflicting individuals to best friends, it’s believable enough. Of course, the movie isn’t without its flaws. If you aren’t a fan of profane dialogue and some Van Wilder-esque humor (although infinitely still more classier than the Van Wilder series) , then you won’t find anything redeemable here. For those with the tolerance for the raunchy, then make sure you purchase some baby oil to show off the shine in your newfound abs.

REPORT CARD

Story: 86

Direction: 85

Cinematography: 87

Special Effects: N/A

Score: 75

Actor Performances: 97

OVERALL

92


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