Sunday, June 26, 2011
Two years after their crazy bachelor party in Las Vegas, the Wolf pack reunites to go to Stu's wedding in Thailand. After plans for Stu's bachelor brunch goes awry, the Wolf pack finds themselves in a seedy Bangkok motel with no memory and missing Stu's soon to be 16 year old brother in law. Will the Wolf pack finds Stu's brother in law in time for him to get married, well I am not going to ruin that part.
Hangover 2 is directed by Hangover director and veteran comedy director Todd Phillips and reunites pretty much the entire cast from the first film. Bradley Cooper seemed to literally just be here for the paycheck. His performance seems totally mailed in. Ed Helms and Zack Galifianakis are both over the top, which is fine except when you add a lot more Ken Jeong to that to make it just too much. In a lot of ways this movie reminds me of American Pie 2 and not in a good way. The Hangover 2 is the definition of a studio trying to cash in on a successful "out of the blue" movie. Much like the first American Pie, the Hangover was kind of a perfect storm. A very entertaining and (I can't stress enough the importance of it being a) "new" concept along with a great deal of word of mouth support. Where the Hangover 2 is an almost step by step rehash of the original plot, with the exception of a lot more of Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), which, much like Stiffler in the American Pie movies, is not a good thing.
There were a five or six moments in the film that were laugh out loud funny, but are almost too over the top to do so. I am not saying you won't enjoy the movie; I am mainly just questioning why it needed to be made in the first place.
My rating 2 totally not needed sequels out of 5
Friday, June 24, 2011
After witnessing a mysterious train crash while making a movie, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings in their small town, and begin to investigate these creepy phenomena in Super 8.
The movie is directed by J.J. Abrams who continues to offer top quality films in the science fiction genre. The movie is designed to be reminiscent of such 1980's summer movies like E.T. and the Goonies which, for the most part, it does very well. Movies like this succeed or fail based off of the young actors put in the lead roles. This is the strongest part of this film, newcomer Joel Courtney does a fine job play the lead character Joe Lamb. Paired at his opposite and also doing a solid job is Elle Fanning as Alice. These characters are very likable and easy to identify with. This makes you not only care for them, but make you interested in their budding young relationship as well.
Super 8 isn't your run of the mill tent pole summer movie either. Although there is a fair amount of high quality special effects, the movie is not built around them. The only real action set piece of the entire film is the gigantic train wreck at the beginning. The remainder of the movie uses the effects mainly to enhance the plot. After years of summer movies that have sacrificed substance for style, it's kind of refreshing to see a movie go the other way.
Super 8 is definitely one of the better films of the year so far. There are times were the film was a little slow paced, but for the most part it was very well put together. If you are a fan of J.J. Abrams movies then you will be a fan of this movie as well.
I give this movie 4 Government Cover Ups out of 5.