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SIMPLE REVIEW: The Wedding Ringer

Howdy people of the internet, time for a new film review and today I’ll be talking about The Wedding Ringer. Now I wasn’t too fussed about watching this film, but since I was going out with my sister and dad yesterday I thought we needed a laugh. So now that I’ve seen the film I am ready to pass judgement.

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The story for this film involves Doug Harris, a man who is about to get married to the woman of his dreams, however he does not have a best man for his wedding because he has no friends. Running out of time and options, Doug turns to the only person who can help him out; Jimmy Callahan, a man who runs a best man service for grooms who don’t have the friends necessary for the wedding event. Together Doug and Jimmy have to pull off the most incredible best man service without anyone finding out.

The plot for this film is simple, familiar and effective. Some of the story details you can see coming a mile off, if you’ve seen any comedy film that has some heart to the story (especially when it comes to the relationship between friends) then you’ll know where things are going with the main characters. Though, that didn’t bother me as this is what I’ve come to expect from this genre of film. What mattered to me the most was the humour and luckily this film is funny. This film throws all the standard jokes that you’ve come to expect from comedy films with a lot of verbal and physical humour, that being said, most of it is hilarious. From some great Doug and Jimmy moments to a car chase to a wonderfully choreographed dance sequence to an insanely rough American Football game, this film has many laugh-out-loud moments.

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When it comes to the cast they were great. Kevin Hart as Jimmy Callahan/Bic Mitchum was lovely. This film was just Kevin Hart being himself and your enjoyment of this character and the film will depend on whether you’re a fan of his or not. The man is loud, crazy and super charismatic, but that’s what makes him so likeable. He’s like a little tornado of energy that constantly comes and goes, he’s swift, but you remember that he’s there. Josh Gad as Doug Harris was also great. Doug is a sweet guy, but he’s a loner and has a lot of hidden issues, but it isn’t until he meets Jimmy when he starts to come alive. This is probably the first film I’ve seen Josh Gad in and he was bloody funny and strange at the same time, and together I feel like Gad and Hart had some great chemistry, it looked like they were having a fun time while making this film. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is gorgeous and fun as Gretchen Palmer, Jenifer Lewis as Doris Jenkins was also great to watch and Olivia Thirlby was charming and quite beautiful as Allison Palmer (however it was a little distracting how she kept remind me of Chloe Bennet from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D). Then there’s some of Doug and Jimmy’s crew that I need to highlight. Jorge Garcia was delightful as Lurch/Garvey, Alan Ritchson and his funny face was great as Kip/Carew, I also liked Aaron Takahashi as Endo/Rambis, Nicole Whelan as Nadia and the hilarious Ignacio Serricchio as Edmundo.

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So in conclusion The Wedding Ringer, while it may not be to everyone’s tastes, is a fun little comedy with good performances and a crazy sense humour. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this film, it’s not perfect, but it is ridiculous and that’s the kind of humour I like.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen The Wedding Ringer and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Frozen Review

Okay, today I FINALLY get to review Frozen. I know I’m late to the party when it comes to giving my thoughts on this film, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of crap I’ve had to do, there’s just not been any free time with uni, work and my other extra curricular activities. But yeah I’m finally getting around to checking out the big new Disney film which is apparently like: THE BEST DISNEY FILM IN FOREVER. So does it meet the hype? Read on and find out.

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So the film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

I really liked the story in this film, it was very impressive and reminded me of some of the best stuff that Pixar have done in the past and some of the more classic 2D tradition Disney animations. The story is smart and is self-aware of films in this genre and makes fun of these classic elements and I like how there was a few twists and turns that kept the film from being completely predictable. There is a great deal of emotional weight in the film that makes the story and characters dramatic, sympathetic, hilarious and cool. What I love about the film is Elsa, the fractured relationship between Anna and Elsa as sisters and the adventure that Anna goes on with her companions to get her sister back. It is all very emotional and classic Disney, it works to great effect, feels very much like a good Pixar film and has a better balance of seriousness and humour than most films in this genre. The story isn’t perfect and has a few problems where a few story elements are as strong but otherwise it is a strong story throughout.

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In addition to the wonderful story, the characters are the real stars of the film.¬†Kristen Bell as Anna, was really nice. Anna is very outgoing, firm, fun and caring and I love how sassy and un-princess-like she is. She is a strong if somewhat naive lady and I enjoyed her character. Then there’s¬†Idina Menzel as Elsa, I adored this character. I always have a soft spot for the misunderstood kinds of characters and Menzel brought so much heart to the voice of the Snow Queen. Elsa is a beautiful and tragic character who has powers that she couldn’t control and tried to keep herself away from people to prevent anyone from getting hurt. Because of her fear of her powers it makes her have to separate from Anna and makes them as siblings feel very far apart and that’s what made her story so heartbreaking. I was connected to Elsa from the very start of the film.

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Jonathan Groff as Kristoff was pretty decent, he was a funny, very realistic kind of guy who has a few strange habits while hanging around with his reindeer but he was courageous and fun. Also¬†Santino Fontana as Hans was delightful and very different as this prince who was a very interesting kind of guy and a delightful change from other princes in Disney films. And is pretty good as¬†Alan Tudyk as the Duke of Weselton too. But the best character by far is¬†Josh Gad as Olaf. This little snowman is the cutest, most funny dude ever, he’s so strange, yet self-aware and understanding. He just brings the humour in the psychical and verbal manner which is so good and leads to some of my favourite moments in the film.

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When it comes to the presentation it is very good on both fronts. Visually the film is great, but that is to be expected of a Disney film these days. The lighting and use of colour is fabulous and the way the animators and artists have manipulated the snow and ice in the film is a sight to behold. As for the soundtrack it was surprisingly better than I expected. The¬†Christophe Beck¬†is grand and covers all emotional bases, but the songs are the real treat, for the most part all of the musical numbers are good and feel like a theatre production. There are a few songs that are a little too modern for my liking and don’t feel like they should be in a Disney film, but the rest of it is very pretty and catchy.

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In conclusion Frozen is a bloody good animated film and really good Disney film, it looks beautiful, has a great story with funny and emotional characters you can connect to and a very addictive soundtrack. While it’s not nearly as great as many critics made it out to be and it still has many of Disney’s problematic story devices, it is still the best animated film I’ve seen in a while and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 8/10 (A really pretty film that looks and sounds good and has heart where it matters)

So what did you think of Frozen? Was it the most epic Disney film ever, was it alright or below average for you?¬†Whatever your opinion is drop it in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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