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Apart from seeing the brilliant Matrix skit a few years back, I have
not seen much of the MTV Movie Awards and decided to give it a try in
2006. After a silly spoof of MI3 that ran out of steam seconds into it,
we are treated to a rather cool "Incredibles" style opening credits
sequence that I quite enjoyed. After this however things took a turn
for the worse and never recovered. Alba comes out and shows as much
charisma and natural character as a block of wood and her opening
montage was as stiff as it was unfunny. This is followed by Christian
Bale giving an embarrassing speech for "Best Hero" he went on and on
as if he had won an Oscar; he is a better actor than this and it
demeaned himself to blow it out of proportion.
From here on in we have lots of bad taste humour the lowest point of which is the horrid "ranch hand job" routine that personally had me cringing in my seat. This continues throughout the ceremony but bits of it are better and funnier. The couple of musical numbers did nothing for me but have me reaching for the fast forward button, which at least made the whole show shorter if nothing else. The awards are mostly pretty bland and have the usual stupid categories of best fight, best kiss and so on. I suppose these categories at least make the awards stand out as unique and fun, but it still doesn't excuse that the choices are normally safe and dull Hustle & Flow being the most overlooked film of the night (surprising since it was a MTV production). That said though, I suppose it does suit the average age of the audience but I had to restrain my laughter at the idea of Sin City, 40-Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers being the big pushers for "Best Movie".
The award to Jim Carrey is at least amusing and I appreciated the award to Spike Lee for Do The Right Thing; it brings to audience's attention but I wish that the teenagers had more time for his more recent work credit to him as well for noting that the issues he raised in the 80's are still just as relevant and evident today. Alba is a sexy host but she either overacts or is wooden; for MTV viewers I suppose it is sufficient that she has a good body. Speaking of which I was surprised by how much sexist humour there was in the presentations women are presented as sexual objects and many jokes back that up. More uncomfortable was the homophobic humour they can pat themselves on the back for awarding Brokeback but this doesn't excuse the jokes and so on at its expense.
Overall this is a pretty weak awards ceremony that didn't work for me and even managed to be basic to the point where I suspect the target audience found it rather irritating. Bland hosts, crude and tasteless humour, sexy people, bland awards and average musical numbers. Credit to it for doing some things right and at least trying to be fun, but mainly this fell way short of the mark.
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The MTV Movie Awards now officially suck a**. The show was just full of
surprises, but the biggest one was just reflecting back on past shows
and seeing to what this year's awards have reduced into. It almost
makes me feel too old or something (am I'm 24!!!),reflecting on the
good olé days, but boy, do people not know how to have serious fun
anymore??? ...apparently just the word serious stuck around. If I'd be
in charge of the show and if any winner thanked any non-fictional
person I'd personally ban them for three years from the show as a
penalty for being such stiffs:)
The awards have become a cheap man's Oscar. With a slight difference. The sarcasm in virtually every acceptance speech was apparent more than ever before, it's just that this year the celebrities really started taking it the wrong way. It was either bashing somebody or thanking The Lord All Mighty. Jesus didn't help you get the popcorn award so just enjoy the ridiculous yet cool moment of getting the award and say something funny in return...A**hole:)
Screw that, where's the fun? Where's the laughs??? Where's the atmosphere that everybody just came to have the BEST time and chill da freak out! Not even those funny parodies stuck around. They really went cheap-ass this year and just made some really cheap-looking sets and just played out some truly bad "parodies" with jokes that never caught on. Personally, I liked the King Kong bit the best, but that's because that was the only one with actual scenes from the actual movie. Jessica Alba was actually pretty decent as the host, not just pretty. I appreciate how she went all the way and didn't care she made fun of herself. I liked the slick cartoony intro to the show, the Rebeca Romjin Famke Jannsen bit, the Gnarles Barkley performance and Jake Gylenthall's, Steve Carell's and Jim Carrey's award speeches respectively, but virtually everything else spelled mediocrity and lameness. Thank God for those known faces that stuck around, even this show's turning into hip-hop crap with faces I've never seen before.
Please get a a grip MTV, you've seriously lost your touch of unpredictability, style and most importantly, fun!
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