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

25 Jul

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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. 

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

5 Jul

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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! 

This Is the End Brings the Laughs with Raunch and Crass

14 Jun

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This Is the End stars Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Beruchel, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride as themselves in a post-rapture nightmare. Jay flies into L.A. to hang with his pal Rogen, looking for some quality friend bonding time. Rogen wants to go to his pal Franco’s for a big house warming party, Jay reluctantly agrees and finds himself in the most dire of circumstances.

This film is very funny, but in a very lowbrow way. There isn’t much clever word play or well-structured jokes relying on wit or nuance, just dicks and cum and vomit. While I do appreciate bathroom humour, it does begin to feel a little worn after a while, but if you can’t laugh at dudes jerking off, what can you laugh at eh?

Throughout this film we can see the celebs playing dramatized versions of themselves; Jay as the moody outcast, Rogen as the fun loving doof and so on. Can’t really have been much of a challenge for the Oscar nominated Jonah Hill, but that’s really what this movie is about. Not thinking, having fun, laughs, gross out gags and buddies bonding. The movie does feature more celebrities than I think I’ve ever seen in one movie together, and the novelty of that is also fun. Sometimes they’re only on screen for a few seconds before they’re disposed of. There are two especially funny scenes that stand out to me, one with Michael Cera (who is hilarious and if you haven’t seen Youth in Revolt , do so) and one with a celebrity who you really don’t expect to see. Hopefully that whets your appetite for this raunchy comedy. I definitely laughed out loud more than once and I hope you will too. Happy weekend!