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.