Sunday, April 25, 2010

Consider Yourself Warned!

The Back Up Plan, the new Jennifer Lopez flick that released this weekend, was disappointing to say the least. It was not as good as I had expected it to be. The concept of the story was indeed interesting - a woman can't find a man but wants to have a baby so she takes matters into her hands and executes her back up plan - getting artificially inseminated. Then she meets a loving, caring, and attentive man and falls in love. Will this man accept her now that she is pregnant? Most men in real life would run from such a situation so will JLo's leading man played by Alex O'Loughlin eventually run too? If you have seen enough romantic comedies, you can probably guess how the movie ends, keeping in mind that this is a movie and not real life.

Except for Alex O'Loughlin's good looks, Jennifer Lopez's decent acting skills (better than her singing skills), and a few good laughs, this predictable film does not have much to offer. The entire story is pretty much told in the trailer below - whatever is missing is not worth wasting $11 on. So if you really want to watch it, wait for the DVD to come out. Even if you don't watch it, you are not missing much. Sorry to disappoint all the chick-flick lovers out there but consider yourself warned!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kick-Ass Definitely Kicked Some Ass!

Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn and based on a comic book with the same name, is a film about an ordinary teenager, Dave Lizewski, who sets out to become a superhero so he can make a difference in the world. On his quest to become a superhero called Kick-Ass, he meets a father-daughter duo called Big Daddy and Hit Girl, who also don't have any special powers like Kick-Ass but are better trained superheroes than him. They then form a team to bring down the evil drug lord, Frank D'Amico. Why do they want to bring down the drug lord? Will they succeed in their mission? Watch and find out.

This action-packed comedy will keep you on the edge of your seats till the end. It has some great action sequences, especially by Hit Girl, played by 13-year-old Chloe Moretz, who does a remarkable job and is most definitely the highlight of the movie. Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass, Nicholas Cage as Big Daddy, and Mark Strong as Frank D'Amico also deserve a special mention for their well-portrayed roles. The screenplay by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn was excellent. Even though the story has been told before, the twist to the story was funny and interesting.

This movie is by far one of the best comic book movies ever made! It was much better than I anticipated. I highly recommend it as it is worth every penny spent! Don't wait for the DVD to come out, go watch it in your nearest theater.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I Want My Money Back!

Yes Noah Baumbach, I want my time and money back because Greenberg, the film that you wrote and directed outright sucked!

This low-budget, pointless, slow, and depressing film with an abrupt ending is about an angry 40-year-old man, Roger Greenberg, played by Ben Stiller. Roger's misplaced anger comes from his youth when he turned down a record deal and destroyed not only his career but also the music career of his band members. And even though he is in his 40's now, he has not been able to fully move on with his life like his band members and find a purpose in life. He has turned into this cynical, bitter, aimless man who has OCD. He meets Florence, his brother's assistant, while he is house sitting his brother's house in LA. Florence is a young, insecure woman, who has a weird sense of style. Even though Roger insists on treating her badly, she is still drawn to this weird man. Soon he realizes that he has also developed feelings for her.

Greta Gerwig, who plays Florence, was awful in the movie. And why does Ben Stiller insist on doing weird movies like this one and The Heartbreak Kid is beyond me!

Don't even bother watching this awful movie on DVD as it is a complete and utter waste of time and money.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Extremely Funny!

It was refreshing to see such impeccable comedic timing between Tina Fey and Steve Carrell in Date Night after the disastrous Hot Tub Time Machine. This action-packed romantic comedy tells the story of a "boring married couple from New Jersey" and their adventures caused by mistaken identity on their date night.

Steve Carrell's leading ladies in his prior movies such as The 40-Year-Old VirginEvan AlmightyDan in Real Life, and Get Smart have been disappointing because they did not really seem to have good on-screen chemistry with him. However, Tina Fey had great on-screen chemistry with him. I was a little skeptical about the pairing of these two comedic geniuses because I was afraid that putting two comedians together in a romantic comedy might turn out to be disastrous. But the casting director was right on the mark by choosing them as the leading pair for this movie. I really hope they both do more movies together because Steve Carrell has finally met his perfect on-screen match!

Kudos to Shawn Levy for directing such an excellent movie and to Josh Klausner for writing such a funny and interesting script. I highly recommend this movie. Don't wait till it comes out on DVD, spend $11, and go watch it NOW! And be ready to laugh your pants off! 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Not That Funny!

Hot Tub Time Machine is a movie with typical non-sensical guy-humor. But it definitely was not as funny as classic guy-humor movies like American Pie or The Hangover. I think it was over-hyped and not as funny as some viewers made it sound.

This film stars John Cusack, Craig Robinson (from The Office), Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke as the four main characters the story revolves around. It's sad to say but John Cusack is losing his charm because he looks really old and should really be playing roles more suitable for his age. How did Craig Robinson gain so much weight? I don't think his role demanded him to gain so much weight. Rob Corddry always plays the douchebag, it's kinda getting old and therefore, he was just annoying in the movie. His wig in the end was bizarre and ugly. Clark Duke did a fairly decent job. But how he accepted his father in the end was a little unclear. Was he just happy that he finally found out who his father was?

The story was quite predictable and the script was weak especially the ending. It felt like an unsuccessful attempt to make a funnier version of the classic Back to the Future. Overall, the movie had some funny moments but not worth spending $11 on. Wait for the DVD to come out.