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Get Hard Review

Howdy ladies and gents, today I give you my second review of the day in the form of Get Hard. I actually saw this film before the awesomeness that is Furious 7, but I didn’t feel like talking about this film until after I got that other review done. I knew that this film could go one of two ways, it could either be really funny or really pants, so which one is it? Well read on and find out.

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As for the plot it can be summarised as the following:

“When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.”

In a way the story did turn out the way I expected, however there were some things I didn’t see coming and it isn’t exactly good or bad as it is just there. A lot of what happens in is painfully dull, average, cliché and lacking in fun or originality. That being said I did have fun with this film to a degree. The whole premise of the film, the dialogue and jokes are stupid, it is silly, rude and kind of childish and some of that was quite funny, but these moments of fun are drowned out by all of the less than stella humour.

When it comes to the cast, the performances vary from being good to average. Will Ferrell as James King was fine, Ferrell was just being himself and to be honest he provided some of the better humour. Kevin Hart as Darnell Lewis was good too, Hart like Ferrell was pretty much being himself and the dude is loud, crazy and all over the place, I reckon he was the best part of this film because his energy was always on high. Then there’s Alison Brie as Alissa, Brie I love for her work on Community and it also helps that she is one of the cutest/prettiest women ever and here she was pretty good. Alissa is a very selfish, sassy, superficial and hot lady who is together with James, but only really cares for the lavish lifestyle he can provide for her. This is a very different kind of role I’ve seen from Brie, the character is fairly mean and very unlike some of her other roles, but I like she handles herself and this is probably the biggest film I’ve seen her in so I hope she does get more exposure. Craig T. Nelson as Martin Barrow was fine, Edwina Findley was good as Rita Lewis and while T.I.’s role as Russell was a bit generic for a black rapper, T.I. did well and was fun to watch.

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In conclusion Get Hard is an okay time, the film is absurdly silly with its story and humour and that is the film’s best and worst aspect. For every funny moment there’s a lot of unfunny moments too, Ferrell and Hart make for an interesting duo, but overall if you were to ask me on a movie night whether I’d want to watch this, I would say pass because there are much better comedies than this.

Rating: 5.5/10 (Kind of fun and forgettable)

So have you seen Get Hard and if so what did you think of it? Please  be sure to leave you comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Lego Movie Review: “Everything is awesome!”

Howdy ladies and gents, it is time for a new film review and today is the first of three starting with The Lego Movie. At first I thought the concept of this film was absurd, then I got into the trailers and after hearing about the great reception it got in the US I knew I had to watch it. So yesterday I checked it out and I’m now ready to share my thoughts.

The story in this film involves a prophecy, where a person called the “Special” will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the superweapon known as the “Kragle”. Later on in life an ordinary guy by the name of Emmet, mistakenly thought to be the “Special” and a MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant known as Lord Business from destroying the Lego universe with the “Kragle”.

I thought the story was great because of its playful, funny and energetic. The whole deal with Emmet and his journey has been done in films before, but this film has enough different elements to make it unique. What I love is how the film speaks to people of all ages offering moments of action and adventure, humour, pop culture references and nostalgia. Another great point is how wacky and fast-paced in nature the story and tone is, a lot of it is strange but it works with in the context of the world and characters. As with any animated film there’s a heartfelt message behind the film and the story will speak to anyone who has played with Lego at any point in their lives. The only nitpick would be that the story slows down a bit at one point towards the end which kind of messes with the flow.

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The voice cast are brilliant, all embody their characters so well, are bursting with personality and most importantly they are all extremely funny.

Chris Pratt as is amazing Emmet Brickowski, as the main character he is so charismatic, silly, hilarious and relatable too. Emmet, while average, has good intentions, is very strange and always full of hilarious moments and I think part of why I loved him so much is because I could always imagine him as Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation. Will Ferrell as Lord Business was cool and brought he’s comedic chops to his role. He was one of those kind of villain who was ruthless but also funny and likeable at the same time. I also liked Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, she was great because she had badass persona and did so many amazing things both as a builder and masterful fight (was getting Matrix flashbacks). I think one of the stand-out performances comes from Will Arnett as Batman. Arnett kills it as Batman, he has the voice and personality was cool and funny. Batman had some of the best lines, great comedic timing and the film loves him while also taking the piss at the same time.

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Nick Offerman is good as Metal Beard, his voice was unrecognisable for me and the character was so strange, but he was very good too. Alison Brie was wonderful as Uni-Kitty, her character was adorable, always happy and just had a strange view of the world which made her amusing to watch. On and Charlie Day was incredible as Benny, a “1980-something space guy.” Day was awesome as the spaceship-obsessed astronaut offering so many random and humorous moments in the film. Liam Neeson was another stand-out as Bad Cop/Good Cop, his character mood switches made for some hilarious moments with verbal and physical humour. And Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius the wizard was awesome, Freeman is great in every film and in this one he was very funny, eccentric and silly. There are also some amazing cameos featuring the some other cool Lego characters with some delightful celebrity voices, but I won’t ruin it, watch it for yourselves haha.

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The presentation or the film is incredible too both on the visual and audio side of things. Visually the film is amazing, the unique Lego world is colourful, vibrant and the attention to detail with the computer animation recreating the style of stop motion animation is insanely impressive and leads to a lot of humorous moments throughout the film. Also just seeing the different Lego characters, models, toy sets and references was such an awesome nostalgic rush. And then there’s the soundtrack by Mark Mothersbaugh, it is pretty good but has a bit of an electronic/dubstep feel at times and for the most part it works but is also kind of awkward. By the way the song “Everything Is Awesome!!!” will be in your head long after the film is over, it is really addictive and hard not to like and sing a long to.

In conclusion The Lego Movie, simply put is awesome. While it didn’t meet the epic hype I’d heard about in America, it was extremely inventive and hilarious. The voice cast really make these characters come to life and the humour is definitely the film’s strongest aspects! I would recommend this film to anyone looking for a good time at the cinema. 🙂

Rating: 8.5/10 (A bright and colourful adventure with great characters and humour)

So what did you think of The Lego Movie? Did it tickle your funny bone and fill you with happiness and nostalgia or were disappointed? Whatever your thoughts, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Anchorman: The Legend Continues Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another new film review and its time to talk about Anchorman: The Legend Continues. I really liked the first film, it was weird, but creative, unexpected and funny. When I heard they were making a sequel I shook my head in disbelief, but then the trailers started to win me over. So I just watched the film a few hours ago and now I’m gonna tell ya what I thought of it.

The story goes a little something like this:

“With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone, weather man Brick Tamland, man on the street Brian Fantana and sports guy Champ Kind – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.”

The story in this film is pretty decent, its funny how the film looks at the concept of news and the way it changes and develops, which obviously is normal for us now, but back then stuff like 24-news and news on random subject matters was unheard of. Also the journey that Ron goes on in this film is also pretty interesting and funny, however the story does lose some steam towards the last third of the film where something quite absurd happens which kind of ruins the whole film, its eventually rectified but is still kind of silly. Also one has to ask; was the film funny? Well as a guy who really isn’t into comedy that much I found the film to pretty hilarious and while it wasn’t consistently laugh-out-loud material, there were a few points when I laughed a lot.

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When it comes to the cast, several of the actors from the original return to their characters while we’re introduced to some new ones too. Will Ferrell is still on point as Ron Burgundy, he is so charismatic, stupid and strange but he’s the guy you like because he has a personality and certain charm that you can’t help but love. Ferrell was good for the most part though there were points where I thought he was a bit over-the-top at times. The other main person to talk about is Steve Carell as Brick Tamland, he was practically the only person I’d hear people talk about in the last film and that probably won’t change with this film as Carell is just as crazy as before offering up some great moments of insane, inappropriate and downright weird behaviour.

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Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana is still cool with all of his sexual references and awesome hairdo and David Koechner is just totally great as Champ Kind offering some really funny lines in the film. Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone was alright, she was my least liked character in the last film and that sort of continues in this one I dunno what it is that makes me not engage with her character but yeah she was just there to me. James Marsden as Jack Lime was awesome, I liked his over-confident attitude and really cruel personality, he was a good antagonist and Marsden such a good job. And then there’s Meagan Good as Linda Jackson, she was terrific as this intense, scary, confident and intellgent woman who has a way of doing things and has little time for people not playing in the same ballpark as herself. I think this has to be Good’s biggest role in years, I’ve been following her since around 2001 and she did really well and my god, she is still sexy as hell!

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There were also good performances from Fred Willard as Edward “Ed” Harken, Chris Parnell as Garth Holliday and some funny moments with Kristen Wiig as Chani. Oh and by the way Harrison Ford as Mack Tannen was pretty pointless, his role could have been played by anyone. And then there are the cameos, holy crap like the first film there are some incredible cameos and I swear so many of these come right out of nowhere, some of my all-time favourite people ended up there. I don’t wanna ruin the surprise for those who haven’t seen it, but suffice to say that its badass.

In conclusion Anchorman: The Legend Continues is a pretty good sequel to the original, it has everything you liked about the first film with some new stuff thrown in the mix to make it stand out. While it does have some story issues and lacks some of the charm from its predecessor, this film is definitely recommended for fans of the last one.

Rating: 7/10 (A solid sequel with plenty of laughs but it loses its way during the last third of the film)

So have you seen Anchorman: The Legend Continues and if so what are your thoughts on it? Whatever your opinion is drop it in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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