Saturday, March 21, 2009
I would like to post a retraction. I said in a former post that this movie looked really lame. This movie was the absolute opposite of lame. As a matter of fact, I would make a bet that it will be the best comedy to come out this year. Here's why....
I Love You, Man was nothing short of genius. The story was extremely realistic and easy to relate to. My crack at the Lou Ferrigno comment actually made sense, and I bought into it. It wasn't just a random, "Look! There's the hulk!" They made an effort to sensibly work him into the plotline, which I appreciated. Plus, any man with a best friend can relate to some piece of this movie. I won't spoil some of the best jokes by citing too many examples, but one hilarious instance is Pete's (Paul Rudd) continual quest for a nickname for his buddy Sydney (Jason Segel) Which leads me to the next best part of this movie, casting. They casted this perfectly. Paul Rudd's character is basically made for him. When I saw Role Models, I thought that Paul Rudd was funny as a burnt out, dead end job working, cynic. However, I never fully bought it. However, In I Love You Man, his character is this young, straight laced, girlish man, and I think he plays this type of role much more hilariously. And as for Jason Segel, he was just absolutely hilarious. Every scene he was in, he owned as his testosteron driven, laid back, and brutally honest character Sydney. Also Andy Samberg playing a gay man bent on seducing straight guys was hilarious. Juno Dad was there too.
Other notes about the movie that don't need any form of elaboration, it had an awesome soundtrack. I liked it a lot.
Lots of Funny Hulk References.
So to make a long story short, I will make my bet right now that nothing funnier and more heartwarming than this wonderful movie will come out this year. You heard it here first.
I Love You Man gets all 5 Stars and then some.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Last night I saw Watchmen at midnight. Now, I'm going to give a brief history of my experience with the source material before I give my review. Yes, I've read it. It was recently, and I was never obsessed, though, like most people who read it, I thought it was a really impressive story. That being said, I found the movie to be intensely disappointing. Not only was it a whopping 2 hours and 45 minutes long, but it was a boring 2 hours and 45 minutes long. I think that in the end, the problem was an odd one for these types of movies. Usually in a comic book movie, you see the director trying to take a lot of liberties with the source material, but in Watchmen, right until the ending, the better portion of the film was direct source material. The only time that Snyder diverted from direct source material was to show butts. Which leads me to my main point. Too many butts. And even more importantly, too many genitals. I dont know when it started to be okay to show penis...es....peni? Penis Plural...in movies, but I'm powerfully not okay with it. The movie gained nothing from showing the fact that, when on Mars, Dr. Manhattan lets it all hang out. However props to Snyder for picking a very attractive woman to play Silk Spectre. However, this movie sacrificed a lot in the acting skill department to find great look alikes. In the end, Watchmen was a terrible movie, it just wasn't "A cinematic masterpiece!" as the commercials bragged so very profusely.
So now on to the Important Part. Some quick trailer stuff.
Wolverine Origins: It looks awesome, probably going to be a good old fashioned simple plot, explosion based, and I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Also, they showed a trailer for some movie with Seth Rogen. It looked like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but someone decided that they should make that concept funny.
I Love You, Man looks really lame. It's a general rule of thumb in movies that if you have some dated star playing himself (in this case, Lou Ferrigno), the movie will suck.
THE DILLINGER MOVIE LOOKS SO GOOD.
I'm really happy to see the return of the good type of gangster movie. I am utterly exhausted of seeing gangster movies about thugs who wave guns around, swearing like sailors, acting about 1000 times tougher than they probably should be. I'm anxious to see a criminal with some class back in the movies. For instance, I don't know how much you know about Dillinger, but his breakout from a prison using nothing but a block of wood (I won't spoil the movie by saying what he does with it), is just awesome. Plus, crime was classier when everyone wore fedoras and suits instead of baggy sports jerseys.