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Shock comedy without the comedy
I had a chance to hear Tucker Max talk about the movie at a screening and he seemed quite confident that it would surpass Wedding Crashers as the highest grossing comedy of all time. After seeing the movie, it became quite clear that he was completely delusional. The movie has poor dialogue, a poor plot, and mediocre acting. I spent a little while trying to think of a redeeming quality, or any basis upon which I could recommend the movie to other people. I came up empty-handed.
If you are a huge Tucker Max fan and feel the urge to see the movie, just re-read the book. If you see the movie, you probably won't leave the theater as a fan anymore.
An Inconvenient Truth meets I Am Legend meets I,Robot meets Idiocracy
I don't think this one was up to Pixar standards. The animation and sound were incredible as usual, but the story was boring and uninspired. I wanted to like it, but it was just too silly and pointless.
It was also hard to ignore the fact that the movie was so much of a social commentary and I really don't like to see stuff like that ingrained in children's movies.
Maybe it was just me, but I never really with connected with the characters and I was really disappointed with the movie as a whole.
Funny Games (2007)
Misleading trailer, confusing movie
Like many others, the trailer's juxtaposition of classical music and ultra-violence reminded me of A Clockwork Orange. But quite to the contrary, there is absolutely no music in Funny Games except in the first scene and during the end credits. Another major difference is that Funny Games is told from the victim's perspective, not the killers.
I didn't really know what to think of Funny Games. There is absolutely no character development. You never find out who the two boys are or why they're doing what they're doing. You never find out anything about the family either. The viewer is left with a desire for more knowledge, not knowing what to make of what they've seen. At the very least, the movie will get you thinking, which is more than I can say for most movies these days. The movie begs questions such as why no one is ever killed on screen. Overall, I still don't know how I feel about Funny Games, which may be the most telling part of my review.