Archive | July, 2013

Despicable Me 2 Gives a Few Laughs But Can’t Reach Fresh Territory

25 Jul


Despicable Me 2 was okay. I’m sorry I can’t get more excited about it, guys. It just doesn’t have the sex and blood lust that I crave. I’m just kidding. I don’t crave it. I just like it.

I was surprised by how much I enjoy the original Despicable Me which is why I was looking forward to this one; aka I expected to enjoy it as much as if not more than the first. However, the writers just played on the same old jokes that we found amusing in the original, leaving us to chuckle but not laugh consistently and loudly (which is my style).

Gru and the girls are just as sweet as before, and we are introduced to a new character played by Kristen Wiig called Lucy. Lucy is partnered with Gru and romance is, of course, inevitable. Gru is being asked to work for the other side this time around and thwart an evil doer. Can he, along with his minions and his new lady-pal save the day? It’s a kids’ movie. Figure it out.

The minions were a huge highlight in the original, almost stealing the entire show from Steve Carrell’s adorable Gru. The nonsensical language, visual gags and immature laughs were fresh and fun the first time around, but here we know what to expect from our little yellow pals. There are still some amusing scenes, but the comedy has shifted back towards Carrell and away from clever scenes involving minion hijinks.

I felt there were holes in the story, and poor writing and direction was causing me to ask questions that apparently had no answer. These questions included why is the kid that Agnes likes getting so much screen time when he doesn’t talk very much, therefore isn’t funny and oops he wasn’t really important at all.  Lucy’s character was also extremely underdeveloped and it was disappointing to see her reduced to a damsel in distress by the end of the movie.

However, there are a lot of sweet moments between Gru and the girls about growing up and facing new challenges as a parent. I’m sure parents and kids will both find things to like about this movie but it was a swing and a miss for me because the first was well rounded as it was a fresh comedy and a thoughtful journey of self-discovery.  This doesn’t quite hit the mark but it’s still enjoyable. 


Is Laughing and Having a Good Time Your Thing? Then see The Heat!

5 Jul


When I went to see The Heat, I didn’t have a lot of expectations. My brother wanted to see it, and I was interested to see what director Paul Feig could do with the material. I’m not a particularly big fan of buddy cop movies; but that’s not why I was there. I was there for the laughs. I wanted to drink them in with my greedy eyeballs time and time again. I wanted to slap my knee, and I hoped I would.

The Heat stars Sandra Bullock as a smug and straight laced FBI agent who is great at solving cases and also great at making everyone hate her. Melissa McCarthy is a Boston cop who has a foul mouth and a big heart. These two together are just gold. There are so many great gags in this movie, and I laughed a lot. I don’t want to spoil any jokes for you but most of the jokes are spot on. I always like to see a movie like this with a packed theatre because it’s nice to laugh with other people, for some reason.

There’s a lot of heart in this movie as well, and great character development. After the two stop hating each other, there are some great bonding moments. McCarthy is just amazing here; she really carries a lot of the jokes. I loved the moments with her big Boston family. I really could have used more of the scenes with Bullock trying to make polite conversation with these animals. Two of my favorite jokes feature a cat and a sandwich.

The only thing this movie missed out on was a gag reel at the credits. C’MON GUYS. That would have been perfect. I can see them setting this up for a sequel but I don’t think anything could rival this movie for a hilarious, summer blockbuster.

I think this movie is important on another level though, and that it’s to prove that audiences aren’t as dumb as Hollywood thinks. Men will go see a movie about women who may or may not have sex appeal, but first and foremost ARE FUNNY. I really love this movie as a comedy but I love it more for what it stands for; a sign that studios are beginning to acknowledge that movies can be made that tell women’s stories as independent and interesting, and not as sex objects that are defined by their relationships to men. Yay for feminism! 

Now You See Me Makes Me Wish I Didn’t See Anything….Ever.

5 Jul


I have to tell you something guys. I did not like Now You See Me. Did you hear that, Mhairi? I DID NOT enjoy it. When I saw the trailer, I was like “yeah, this could be good! Smart, ya know?” Boy, was I wrong. I don’t mind any of the lead actors but Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson together is a bad combination for some reason. It could be because there was NO character development in this movie. Also, Mark Ruffalo kinda sucks balls. I thought he was alright as Bruce Banner in Avengers, but something about him grates my nerves. Maybe it’s his dopey voice, or his lack of ability to make facial expressions.

So if you’ve seen the trailer, you know the movie is about four different magicians, all with their own acts, abilities and style, and they are brought together to pull off a series of magic shows that are actually bank heists. Ruffalo is the special agent who is supposed to be in the case. He’s not on the case. He’s half assedly straddling it while thinking about the hot French chick he’s working with. (Will this French chick do anal? Do all French chicks like anal?)

This movie sucked so hard it barely qualified as entertaining. I was rolling my eyes half way through. It’s just so poorly put together, by the end you don’t even care about the “twist” ending. Also, can we talk about the stupid title for a second? It’s obviously a shortened version of a popular phrase that magicians use “now you see me, now you don’t.” Every time I spoke to someone about this movie, such as saying I was going to see it, I felt like it is way too many words, and arranged in such an awkward way people kept looking at me with an expectant look on their faces. I’m sorry guys, I did actually finish saying the title, you just can’t tell because of the idiots over in Hollywood.

It’s too bad because the premise is actually really neat; that’s what sold me on seeing this movie. Also, they played a catchy song in the trailer. That always gets me. I’d love to see this kind of premise in a movie with characters that I actually cared about, in a story that maintained my interest after the first twenty minutes, with a director that cared about not sucking. I need those things. What can I say? I’m high maintenance.