Hello there to al who may be reading this blog. So continuing the film reviews that I started before I’m now gonna review Delivery Man. Now this was a film I had no intention of seeing, AT ALL, but when I needed a film to pass the time between one film another I had no other choice. I’m usually into comedies so I went into this with low expectations. So does it deliver or fail? Read on and find out.
So when it comes to the story it focuses on David Wozniak, he’s a guy who has his heart in the right place, but is very irresponsible and has questionable judgement about various things in general. At one point due to anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago, he finds out he’s fathered 533 children and 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity. Now he must decide whether he will reveal himself or not.
The story for the film is surprisingly unique and interesting for a comedy/drama and while it is obviously adapted from a French film that came out 2 years prior, it is still something that is different and lends itself well to this genre, if done properly. The problem is in the execution. The film tries to make you feel emotional because of these different children’s stories and because of David’s change of heart as he goes on this journey of maturity, but it also tries to throw in comedy moments at the same time. The film is when it works it works, the emotional side of the film is definitely the film’s strong point, and when the comedy hits the right notes its decent, however there are too many times when these too elements clash or happen to take place very close to each other and don’t mesh together that well. If the script was stronger and the film had a more experienced director, I think this film could have been elevated to a much higher quality of film.
When it comes to the cast they are pretty good but some stand out more than others. Let’s start with Vince Vaughn as David Wozniak. This is definitely a different kind of Vince Vaughn film and is much better than his recent efforts, his character is goofball, a bit unreliable and useless, but he has a big heart and he knows how make people feel good when it counts. While he does get a little annoying at points you ultimately root for his character because his heart is in the right place. Chris Pratt as Brett is pretty jokes and has a lot of the better humour in the film, I’ve recently become a massive fan of Parks and Recreation and Pratt is amazing in that show, however unfortunately he’s not nearly as great as he is in that show here. Cobie Smulders as Emma is probably the weakest link in this trilogy of main characters, she’s David’s girlfriend but she doesn’t like how unreliable and useless he can be at times. However the way in which she goes from not wanting him around once to eventually wanting him around again is not done that well and it doesn’t feel like a natural progression and comes a little too quick. Plus she’s a bit boring.
Other cast members that stick out are Andrzej Blumenfeld as Mikolaj Wozniak who makes for a really good father figure for David. Adam Chanler-Berat as Viggo is okay, his moments in the film vary between being good and really annoying. Jack Reynor as Josh is one of David’s kid we come across first and while he is a bit of a smart ass he’s cool and charismatic. And Britt Robertson as Kristen was probably my favourite kid, her character was one of the more complex children and she was adorable and had some wonderful interaction with Vaughn.
In conclusion Delivery Man wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it’d be and definitely had a lot more heart and emotional elements that made it more interesting than the conventional Vince Vaughn film. That being said the film wasn’t all that funny and had trouble trying to balance out the dramatic aspects with the comedy ones and I feel like if the writing and direction were better this film could have been so much more. Overall it is pretty decent, but nothing you’ll remember for a long time.
Rating: 6/10 (a nice film but the balance between comedy and emotional stuff was messy)
So what did you think of Delivery Man? Whatever your thought be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review (which should be out soon) 😀