Newly weds (Zahn and Jovovich) find that they get more than they bargained for on their honeymoon in Hawaii. A couple was killed in the area they are in. They start to expect that the killers might be the couple they're traveling with (Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez).
The movie gets silly and hard to believe in the last half hour. Yet....that last half hour was very exciting even if it didn't work entirely. I always thought that Olyphant had star potential. He didn't show it in Hitman or Live Free or Die Hard but he showed it here. He was awesome and steals the show easily as a former soldier who's a little off his rocker. G.I Joe came out the same day and is slaughtering this movie at the Box Office. However, A Perfect Getaway is worth checking out a lot more than G.I Joe though.
The best things about this movie is that everyone at least tries hard and the movie is some fun. While the script is decent and tries as much as possible to explain why this person or that person are holding a grudge with each other through many flashbacks. The movie is better than you'd expect and it at least is less disappointing than some of the other movies to be released this summer. It delivers more than the summer movies that I expected to be a lot better than they were.
It has a very big cast and Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) does a fine job giving everyone a good amount of screen time. He gets trash talked about him, but he's honestly better than Michael Bay and McG are at least. One problem I had was Joseph Gordon Levitt (Brick,The Lookout) being cast against type as Cobra Commander. He's a very talented actor and tries hard to be sinister and it does almost work but I also had a hard time trying not to laugh.
But the best casting was of Ray Park (X-Men, Sleepy Hollow) as Snake Eyes. He was perfectly cast in the role and the movie is it's most fun when he's on screen. The movie could have been a lot worse, someone only yelled "Yo Joe!" once and none of the bad guys ever yelled "COBRA!!!". Still, it would have been better if Marlon Wayans took a vow of silence like Snake Eyes.
George (Adam Sandler) is a successful comedian that finds out he has a blood disease and isn't given long to live. He becomes depressed and lonely and latches on to a struggling stand up comedian named Ira (Seth Rogen). He makes him his assistant and has him write jokes for him, as well as sit by his bed until he falls asleep lol. George starts to think of what his life could have been like if he didn't cheat on the love of his life (Leslie Mann) 12 years ago and tries to reconnect with her.
The movie is touching and very funny but it didn't have to be so long. There's a lot that could have been cut out. The movie has an edge because of George dieing but it loses that edge long before the movie is almost over. Funny People is still an entertaining and fun movie about dieing, friendship and love. It is occasionally depressing but it's a lot more funny than it is depressing.
Despite Sandler and Rogen showing more ability than we're used to from them, the movie has it's flaws. I mean there's no good reason for Ira to even go with George when he's visiting his ex. He's only there so they can share more scenes together. Plus there's like a million penis jokes that could have been cut out too. Judd Apatow is one of the best comedy directors, but he could be even better if he left out scenes that weren't needed. Despite that, I can't say he has made a movie I haven't liked. Plus he managed to make an Adam Sandler movie that I enjoyed. Sandler for once was actually excellent. While Rogen showed he can do more than just play a stoner.
This movie was decent, but it didn't really make me care whether or not there's a part 3. If there is they need a more talented director like JJ Abrams. Michael Bay did a better job with the first film. This one has less of a head on it's shoulder. I think with sequels Bay will just give us the same stuff over and over again. Megan Fox in tight clothes running and screaming in slow motion "not that there's anything wrong with that lol", Decepticons after Sam and Autobots having to protect him and the humans being more developed and shown more than the Transformers.
The fights between the Autobots and Decepticons are just messy and the movement is so quick that it's hard to keep up with what's going on. While the Transformers are just side characters in their own franchise, everything is more about Sam and his girlfriend (Megan Fox). We are hardly introduced to any of the new Autobots. The 2 new Autobots to me were as painful as 2 Jar-Jar Binks. They were annoying. While the film could have used characters like Hot Rod or the Dinobots. But even if they were in it, I don't think we'd even be introduced to them or be made to care about them. The only Autobot that we were ever made to really care about in the films is Bumble Bee, we don't really care if any of the others get ripped apart since they are undeveloped. Hell even Optimos Prime is under-used in this movie.
Bay knows how to do very few things. Such as...blowing stuff up, making a loud movie and smothering us with patriotism and romance. The first movie had all that, but it was executed better and the movie was fresh. This one could have just used a lot more development. I mean people complained that Terminator: Salvation was all action and no brains but I think that applies to this film a lot more. It has nice effects, the acting wasn't bad and there was some fun but it wasn't as good as I was hoping for. It has more battles and more action, yet it gets tiresome. In some ways, it also felt too much like the first all over again, just not as good. Michael Bay needs to step aside.
Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) enlists Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) to get close to Professor Slughorn, the new Potions teacher. He believes that he has an important memory of Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort and wants Harry to get it. A used potions book of someone named the Half Blood Prince helps Harry to impress Slughorn and get closer to him. But who's the Half Blood Prince ?
While Hermione starts to show her true feelings for Ron when he starts dating someone. But he's too clueless to realize she's jealous. He also joins the Quiditch team, but he isn't as bad as he is in the book, but with some help from Harry and Hermione. Harry's last year of Quiditch isn't made into that much of a big deal in the movie as well. But what was done well in the movie is how Draco has a mission from the Dark Lord that Snape (Alan Rickman) has promised to help him with. Harry knows Draco is up to something which leads him into more than one confrontation with him.
I loved the first half of the movie but once it got towards the end, it felt a bit rushed. The Deatheater's battle with Hogwart students from the book was left out when I was looking forward to it. While Bill Weasley I think was totally cut out of the movies. The drama between Persey and his family was also left out. I think the movies would have been stronger if didn't leave out such things though.I liked how the Weaseley mom didn't like Bill's future wife in the book, which led to a good moment in the end. Here, all that was totally left out.
I liked a lot about the movie though. I originally said that the Harry and Ginny scenes could have been better. Now that I think about it, I loved the scene where Ginny runs to help Harry in a fight with Deatheaters. The flashbacks of Voldermort as a child were also good. While the director David Yates is good at handling the dark side of the story as well as the humor and magic. He's one of the better Potter directors even if he does cut out some things. A lot of people want Chris Columbus back for the last film but he's lucky if he's hired to do a made for dvd Home Alone sequel after doing (I Love You Beth Cooper). David Yates is fine, it's the scripts that just need a little bit more development, other than that he does a good job.
I'm not sure why Chris Columbus left the Harry Potter franchise if he's going to just make movies like this. The movie however isn't the total disaster critics have called it.
I think it has it's sweet and charming moments even if it is a bit of a mess. It's not very original either, it feels like a retread of many teen comedies from the 80's. But Hayden could make it in movies if she fires her agent and vows to never work with Chris Columbus again.
I found this movie amusing and I was more entertained by it than I expected. I'm not sure why it's the only summer movie next to Up that Roger Ebert actually liked though. It was funny but I don't think it was the only live action summer movie that was good. While Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) can do better. I think she has a real future. Ferrell and McBribe were funny but I think she was the only one actually acting. Ferrell and McBribe basically gave one note performances while just throwing out funny lines. Friel is beautiful, has charm and she can act.
I don't think a more serious version based on the show could have made a good movie. But Ferrell needs to stop making movies based on old shows. I mean, his Bewitched, already hacked the hell out of a pretty good show. While his version of Land of Lost was some fun, it was hardly the show. But I suppose it didn't need a young girl in pigtails lost in a mysterious world with her father and her brother like in the series. I suppose the plot could be about anyone getting lost there.
It has dinosaurs, the ugly lizard creatures and their hairy almost human looking monkey friend. With Will Ferrell, of course all that is poked fun at. He doesn't even take being chased by a T-Rex seriously. So it was basically just made to make money, while making fun of the show. If you were a fan of the series, I doubt you will be satisfied by this movie. Will Ferrell's antics with the T-Rex in the end did make me laugh my ass off though.
Three friends search for the groom after a wild bachelor party that they don't remember. There's also a chicken, blow up doll, tiger and a baby in their motel room. The movie was so funny that I was hoping they'd never find their friend, I didn't want it to end.
Bradley Cooper (Yes Man), Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis work great together and are great fun. The movie itself is also great fun and hilarious. Galifianakis' plays the grooms soon to be Brother in-law who's incredibly strange and not all there. He's very funny and steals the show. Everyone else was in top form too though. Just see this movie, it's the funniest of the year so far.
I saw Mall Cop because My Bloody Valentine was sold out in theaters. I didn't expect much from a Happy Madison movie. But I was surprised how hard it made me laugh.
After Chuck and Larry, you'd think Kevin James would have stayed away from Happy Madison movies. But he was smart to make this one because it was the one out of there 10 or 15 movies that was actually funny.
In the beginning there's a lot of good laughs supplied by Kevin James. He's funny through-out but the movie gets a little overly goofy towards the end. Still, it's a fun comedy version of a Die Hard type movie. Kevin James should stay away from the Adam Sandler company though, he's funny enough not to need Sandler to get an acting job. I mean, he's not.... Rob Schneider.
Tom Hanks is back as Langdon and this time he's against a secret society called the Illuminati. He's teamed with a physicist (Ayelet Zurer) who created a powerful energy source with her father. Her father was murdered and it was stolen. Together they have to race against time and find it before it's used as a deadly weapon.
Critics complained that Ron Howard was too true to Dan Brown's book with the Da Vinci Code and that there was too much talking. But with Angels & Demons I found that it wasn't enough like the book. Some key characters were cut out and enough wasn't done with Zurer's character as well. She never gets to form any kind of romantic relationship with Langdon like in the book. While, she never acts too sad or angry that someone killed her father like in the book. Ewan McGregor's character was at least the same way I remembered him in the book and he was surprisingly perfect in the role. I didn't think he could pull it off but he did.
This movie wasn't bad but believe it or not, I actually liked the Da Vinci Code a lot more. I was always interested while watching it and I wasn't bored enough to give it extremely low ratings like some people. I also didn't have a problem with Tom Hanks' hair...lol. Despite Angels & Demons being fast paced and less slow in some places than the Da Vinci Code, I still was into the movie less. I actually found the Da Vinnci Code to be more fun even if the material was even more sac-religious and silly. While Tom Hanks was good in both films, I think he sort of shined more in the Da Vinci Code whether or not critics didn't like his hair lol. I honestly just didn't see the big deal about his hair and it didn't get in the way of my feelings for the movie.