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The Crazies (2010)
Not your run of the mill horror movie, The Crazies is a respectfully updated version of the original. It's not about blowing stuff up and gore and frightening chills but truly about surviving the errors and mistakes that have been created by the US. All from a downed plane. You enjoy the visual and the change of pace as our protagonists dodge 'crazies' and the military. It all works and falls into place, which is funny because some movies can get away with that yet most don't. The Crazies is what I hoped 28 Days Later would have been essentially and I recommend the film for fans of the zombie genre. With the exception of some overlength, the wit and intelligence of the script will give the film some decent legs, if not on screen, then guaranteed in the long run.
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Disney comes back.
As the 2000s exit, we can look back at CGI animation with mixed feelings. Pixar has always scored with their movies, but Disney, Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox has had their hits and misses in CGI, enough so that Lasseter has done the right thing, resurrecting the House of Mouse by bringing back traditional animation. The Princess and the Frog screams of ambition and effort. Plot, action and character are crammed firmly tight into 90 minutes of wall-to-wall animation, with the dancing, movement and Broadway scores tuned right up to 11 to create an excellent feature.
One problem with 2D animation is the generational gap. I firmly enjoyed the film but the kids around me under the age of 10 did not. One of the kids, who is 9, took out his Nintendo DS during the movie. "It's boring, I don't want to watch it." I think the hardest, yet boldest, move on Disney's part was setting the movie in the bayou. They stuck to their guns, and it's possible they invested for the long haul in Princess Tiana. Right now, in a time of Christmas, Avatar, and a whole generation of crummy 2D animated films (Home on the Range? Anyone?), that preceded this wonder, Princess and the Frog had a very big uphill slope to climb. A success critically yet underwhelming domestically, Disney has to go back to the drawing board and dig deep, now that they've dusted off their papers, pencils and ink. Which is a shame, simply because Princess and the Frog really is a smart and fun movie.
What makes Princess and the Frog great? It's largely due to character. Prince Naveen is far removed from any other prince in Disney's world. He's a layabout, and it results in his family dilemma. He's flawed but he knows the difference between right and wrong. He's charismatic, yet it works to his disadvantage. Then there's Tiana herself, a Princess unafraid to run herself into the ground, so to speak. The Shadowman, Dr. Facilier, our main antagonist, is something or other. These characters, and everyone else for that matter, are exceptionally important to why this movie is so great. It's about the story, and Princess and the Frog has made a decent effort at providing a contemporary take on old themes. I look forward to what Disney has in store.
Cameron aims for the knockout.
$230-300 million later, James Cameron wanted to make the kind of movie he wanted to make... and it worked. Kids were leaving the prior screening to mine saying, "It was awesome!" Adults walked out of this theatre saying it was amazing. The guy beside me right now on the bus is telling his friends over his cell how incredible and really good the film is and he will see it again with them tonight after shopping. Steven Spielberg saw a viewing and said he hadn't felt this way since Star Wars. And in many ways, they're right. Watch the movie in 3D. It is a visual treat.
To dispense of the one standout flaw, the melodramatics and the acting, you have to really ask yourself, is all the really good action movies about the acting? Avatar succeeds because the plot is not as ridiculous as 2012 or Revenge of the Fallen. We can suspend belief because the film is not overly ridiculous, even with the 'indigenous' blue aliens. The only thing that had me scratching my head was having to buy the fact that Pandora, with the twigs, trees, glowing grass and creatures is one giant Facebook and that Aiwa is the Internet connection between them all. But if that is a complaint, I really have nothing to base it on because this is vintage James Cameron.
The theme is man vs nature and man is the bad guy. There is an image shot of the main bad guy in a mechsuit when a helicopter goes down behind him that is vintage Cameron. It shows the destructive nature of man and here he is. But that image is a footnote compared to the planet Pandora. The planet is very much full of life and leave it to the King of the Friggin' World, James Cameron, to be man enough to invent technologies and anything else he desired to realize his vision. That alone is reason enough to believe this movie will stun theatregoers. It really cannot be watched at home. Get the 3D glasses and experience it at the theatre.
Wow... as a childhood fan of Transformers, I'm really without comment. Maybe it's easier to tell you what I saw and you can judge for yourself but SPOILERS ARE EVERYWHERE so if you care like I once did, skip to other User Comments, read the critics who actually get paid or, if you want to, see the darn movie yourself. For a Transformers movie, there was a helluva lot more actors than robots, especially this being a sequel there should have been more of everything. I laughed once during the whole movie and it had nothing to do with robots humping, dogs humping, strategically placed wrecking balls or brownies. The big explosion you read of in trivia is not a robot blowing up. Another thing I saw is that the same writers also wrote this year's hit reboot Star Trek also wrote this film, believe it or not. I think what really left me speechless though was both Devastator and the Fallen (supposedly the first Decepticon) both died like punks, instead of some awesome fight. And instead of throwing in some saving grace at the end credits, maybe a coming of Unicron to justify why I sat down for a minute shy of 150 I get... nothing. No end credit clip. Optimus saves the day, that's a wrap. The guys beside me fell asleep during the fight scenes for Christ's sake and so did someone's girlfriend in front... So yeah. Revenge of the Fallen? Nero put up a much better fight in Star Trek. And if Unicron doesn't arrive to eat Earth and not have a pathetic death like Megatron's 'master' after this, Transformers should be graciously laid to rest. Right now.
Star Trek (2009)
A successful reboot.
I remember in 2003 a survey in TV Guide. One of the questions was 'Is Star Trek dead?' 84% responded 'Yes.' I can tell you six years ago, I would not have thought of rebooting the franchise through recasting the original crew and providing the scapegoat that The Original Series is an alternate reality to the one we know now. And thank God, it worked. Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman have successfully revived a dead franchise, one I watched my whole sad life bringing youth, personality and a better vision of what it would be like traveling through space. I liked it. The movie as is though, does not hold up. Poor Eric Bana, not doing much of anything since Brad Pitt slaughtered him in Troy, is stuck with the tiring vengeful character that crippled the Star Trek universe in the first place (Shinzon in Nemesis, Ru' afo in Insurrection and Soran in Generations), reduced to el-lame-o lines such as 'Fire everything!' and 'I'd rather watch my world die a thousand times than give up to you,' or something or other. Next you unnecessarily pair up Scotty with a midget alien sidekick. Couldn't you at least give the poor guy a lady friend? And my last complaint is portraying an Orion girl, known for seduction, as a ditz of the highest order? *sigh* I'm done. I look forward to the next film. This could be the start of something great.
An exceptional story. Brilliantly acted (excellent casting), perfect direction... Why can't films at the box office be scripted like this? Baseball films are usually well done and 61* is no exception. The story of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle coming to odds with breaking a legend's record has never been told better. They even look like the players! Great job by Billy Crystal, Thomas Jane and Barry Pepper for a great film. 61* does a good job trying to explain its very tagline: Why did America have room in its heart for only one hero? Did Yankees fans really feel that Maris was not one of the team? Did the media truly want to make his life miserable for chasing the Babe's record? The subplot is as good as the main story itself. Thumbs up.
So much wasted space...
I didn't mind the first Night at the Museum. Can't say I feel the same way about Battle of the Smithsonian, although in all its juvenile camp and disregard for an audience above the age of, say, 8, it's not too bad. High concept movies shamelessly spit in the face of anyone who might enjoy films in a passionate sense. Look no further than when Darth Vader offers his services to head bad guy Kahmunrah and is laughingly dismissed. Let alone seeing Vader side by side with Oscar the Grouch of all characters. So where does the movie go wrong? Well 80% of the time most of the original crew from the first film are in crates or imprisoned. Bill Hader spends 2 seconds of character development as General Custard before he gets locked up too, good God. Steve Coogan has the best returning role as Octavius and Ben Stiller, well, roles like this will be as good as they get for him and I think he's OK with that. So am I. Aside from Steve Coogan, the real treat to this film is seeing how much of a talent Hank Azaria is. There's a five minute back and forth between him and Ben Stiller that was so over the top childish I couldn't help but laugh. But don't watch the movie for that. If anything, Up is coming out next week and if what is coming out of Cannes means anything, Pixar is going 10 for 10, which is half the stars for what I can give for this sequel.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Jackman and Schreiber the lone highlights.
I've always been a fan of Schreiber, and Jackman has survived well enough to earn my respect. With that said, well, Wolverine isn't bad but hardly great either. Clues throughout the film tip the plot grudgingly forward as actors say some of the worst lines that anyone can get paid to say, and if the action strays from Hugh, the film is a shameless bore. Hugh knows Wolverine and captures the best of the hero's moments despite the shortcomings of all the other characters we could hope would live up to, such as Blob or Gambit. If you have the best surround system at home with the best TV, Wolverine would be perfect for a home viewing, where any cheesiness that oozes out of the screen, can be handled with a beer, or two.... or three.
Alive in Joburg (2005)
Cleverly thought short.
I hunted this short down after watching the trailer for District 9. And you have to hand it to Blonkampp for avoiding a plot-driven mess that this movie could have made. It's interesting to set the film in South Africa as well. The many perceptions throughout Alive in Joburg creates the questions needed to ask about these aliens that are genuinely terrifying in appearance. And the open-ended finale can be finally touched upon 4 years after Blonkampp began this. Does anyone think Blonkampp has the chops to handle Halo if District 9 works out? The short and the trailer would have you think so, but honestly, let's wait for August to continue that debate.
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Fresh evolution to the status quo.
Bond is definitely back as Daniel Craig has settled into the role so perfectly well. Having not seen Casino Royale yet, much of the continuation from the first movie was fresh and new, but not hard enough to pick up for someone who is new to the current status quo. Past saying that, Quantum of Solace has lived up to the reputation that has become par for Bond. Espionage, action, car chases, beautiful women, international locales, etc. etc. And it's a good thing. Heaps of praise to the men and women responsible for the excellent action sequences and a witty dialogue, all of which compensated for an overly melodramatic score and plot. "For Bond, this time it's personal!" Good grief! At least Olga Kurylenka is beautiful.
Anyways, the movie is excellent, a must for fans of Bond and anyone who enjoys a good action film. Quantum of Solace will look nice whether at your theater or on your HD screen either way.
The Reaping (2007)
Not too bad.
I always watch a horror/thriller with the obvious, preconceived notion that the film will stink. You expect that there will be no substance to the movie, to the plot, the characters, etc. In the Reaping, you will find that lacking substance in some parts, but the movie is not as hard to follow as expected, plus the pace of the film is surprisingly good, considering you have to go through ten biblical "miracles" in a certain amount of time. Hillary Swank is always consistent and I was impressed by Idris Elba and AnnaSophia Robb. The flaws in The Reaping are glaring but they do not override the clever editing and acting that help pull the murky screenplay out from the swamp.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the largest weakness in The Reaping is the direction. You know the shaky camera that skips five scenes a second in a flashback? The Reaping is full of that nonsense. Also, aside from the climax and a nice eye-wandering view towards the fit backside in Hillary's pants, the cameras cannot capture an ideal scene or angle to save themselves from losing the interest of the viewer. I find this vulnerability interesting because the story is structured well enough to survive on its own. If you've seen The Omen or Rosemary's Baby, you can expect more of the same if you are interested in this film. The Reaping retreads on a familiar, unoriginal path in the genre, but it's not all that bad and worth a glimpse if you are a fan of horror.
The Golden Compass (2007)
Excessive and overlong.
The key fact, if you decide to try The Golden Compass, is that its world is not like Middle Earth, Fantasia, or Oz. The movie, which was to be the first in a trilogy, is heavy in exposition and politics, with the inhabitants of Jordan College and the Magistirium having more similarities with the political halls of Naboo than most other films. That first half drags the rest of the fantasy so drearily that it serves the rest of the film cold. Finally, no matter how they slice it from what I'm told, the ending was the lowest point of the film, bar none. It's much better than the book, but it's just terrible. Anyone unfamiliar with the book, let alone that it is the first in a trilogy, is left unsatisfied.
Any hint of atheism is non-existent. My concern was the lack of quality in the effects of the daemon's, particularly Mrs. Coulter's monkey. Daniel Craig's role was reduced to little more than a cameo, and the brutality of the fights makes the film worthy of it's PG- 13 rating. In Canada, The Golden Compass was marketed to kids, with souvenirs, incentives, and paraphernalia sold at department stores and fast food restaurants. After seeing a polar bear snap another bear's neck and a child left for dead in the freezing cold, this film is not for kids and, furthermore, it could be said this was New Line's marketing department's big "Oops" of 2007. Thank goodness they saved Roger's fate from being shown!
With a film heavy in exposition and politics in the first half and anticlimactic in the end, I cannot recommend The Golden Compass to anyone, particularly to kids.
Monsters are the real treat here.
I would have never expected Hellboy to make the silver screen. There's something about the comic that never brought me toward it. But Guillermo del Toro has seen something I haven't, because the transition from comic to silver screen is exceptional. The film is very plot-driven, one scene moving to another at a faster-than-usual pace, but the real gift of Hellboy is the ingenuity and effort used in creating the monsters. Sammael and Kroenen are crafted with much care and I found it an absolute shame there wasn't more monsters to work with in a limited time.
Much of Hellboy feels underused. Liz is not used as much as I hoped, and Abe Sapien is out of commission about halfway through. Dr. Manning's fate wasn't fully settled on either and abilities used by Hellboy, like reviving the dead, are kind of just left out there, like who knew? But for a comic book film, with no expectations at that, Hellboy is a pleasant surprise, save for the fact that there should have been more monsters! This is Guillermo del Toro we're talking about!
The second half ruins everything.
The first half of Hancock was better than what I could have expected. Hancock is a homeless superhero with no respect whatsoever. The opening act has him stop an armed chase with a price tag of $7 million dollars in property damage. He destroys pavement wherever he lands. Everyone, from kids to criminals, call him an a-hole. Then the film gets surprisingly better. He saves the life of Ray, someone skilled but flawed at public relations and convinces Hancock to improve his image, by answering the demands of the public to answer for all his crimes, apologize and turn himself in. From this point, it all goes downhill from here, and it's the second half twist and ending that stinks up the whole movie, to the point where you don't care about how good the first half was anymore. How could they have screwed up such a good premise? Hancock's origin and weakness, though I will not spoil, are the mother of all cop-outs.
It's not as if Hancock shows any Achilles heel in Will Smith or Charlize Theron's acting abilities. The second half of the film is that bad if an Academy Award winning actress who worked with Will before cannot pull it through. Throw in a pathetic stinker of a villain, a story of love and tortured relationships and Hancock is crushed by the weight of too many generic superhero clichés.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
One of the ultimate Bat-films.
Batman: The Animated Series was one of the best animated shows of all time. It was one of the cartoons that defined the 90s and, thanks to that very animation, will eventually become a timeless classic. Mask of the Phantasm was one of its defining moments. An executive decision to put the film on the silver screen instead of straight-to-video or leave it for the time slot on television shows how good this really is. And for any Batman fan, this is simply not-miss stuff. An alternative take on how Batman found the Bat-Cave and put together his suit, topped off with one of the definitive Joker appearances and, simply put, Mask of the Phantasm is a must watch film for any fan of Batman, animation, movies, you name it.
It could be worse.
Sandler's latest comedy effort could be worse, but honestly, it's not that bad. If you look at the film from an artistic standpoint, Zohan stinks on all counts. The screenplay is a mess, the jokes are up and down, the accents are hard on the ears and Mariah Carey is undeniably out of place in this film. But the film is still funny at points and that's all you would hope from a comedy. What throws most people off I believe is the inevitable confrontation between the Palestinians and Israelis.
Two-thirds through the film Zohan stops cutting hair and making older women swoon as Palestinians descend upon him, mainly due to a chance encounter with one Salim, whose goat was stolen by Sandler's character at one point. This sub-plot break in the action, where the Israelis and Palestinians team up to find the Walbridge Corp. responsible for jacking up the rent and littering hate crimes across the neighborhood, is not really funny, despite the script's and actors' best efforts. But the movie is not really that bad, as it's good for maybe a one-time viewing. Hummus, hacky-sack and disco jokes can only last so good for so long, and if Sandler can still act now, he'll still find ways to make people laugh.
The Happening (2008)
A return to form somewhat for Shyamalan.
Poor Shyamalan hasn't had a break in a long time. The novelty in his quirky scriptwriting/direction skills wore off many moons ago and his career took a direct hit with Lady in the Water. But The Happening isn't Lady in the Water. Heck, it's not even The Village, thankfully. Shyamalan has taken this movie straight back to when his films worked. But two consecutive critically panned movies later, would Shyamalan go for the home run? The trailer would have you think that.
Like Signs, we find out what's "Happening" pretty quick throughout the north-eastern U.S. as another doomsday scenario is dealt with. And continuing off of Signs, the science fiction is mostly brushed aside to deal with characters and conflict. But these batch of characters are mostly lame ducks, with Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel not at their best by a long shot. The script is questionable at best and the overall premise for drama and tension ("Run from the wind!") for the film is, again, lame. The film is not bad, but it's not great either. I think the novelty of Shyamalan films have worn off as a whole, but at least if this film is an indication, he has returned to form somewhat.
Iron Man (2008)
I scoffed at the idea of this film being made initially. Having not-so-fond memories of 1990's Captain America and 2004 and 1989's The Punisher will make you wary of any Marvel movie but surprise, surprise. Iron Man is actually a decent film, and Marvel's lofty goals of a possible Avengers film look plausible if this good effort is a sign of things to come.
Robert Downey Jr. was a natural pick for the role, and surprisingly Jeff Bridges had a pull-out-the-stops performance for his role as Obadiah Stane. The movie is full-of-wit, humor and character. Comic book characters such as Tony Stark and Pepper Potts seem to be more real on the silver screen than real life persons being portrayed and I think that's where the real cinch is here. Somehow, past the science fiction and action, we can still identify with these characters, albeit in a humorous way if any, that we can enjoy the film. Because once we return to the action the film doesn't hold up well anymore on its own, particularly during the final fight between Stane and Stark. Nevertheless the film ended on the best note yet, for all movies that lead into sequels, and a valuable lesson is learned for myself that you shouldn't judge a movie by its poster or genre all the time.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Cornball climax tops off another been-there, done-that film.
Fans of The Incredible Hulk rejoice! This is exactly how the Hulk should have been portrayed five years ago. I still have nightmare visions of Nick Nolte flailing his arms about as Bruce's father, followed by his ever-famous prison photo. And no one can blame Ang Lee for wanting to quit movies entirely after that film. He ended up getting revenge on all of us for Brokeback Mountain but I'm straying from the real topic here...
Fans of movie-making and films rejoice? Well ... this 'reboot' is a better version than the original but not by much. There are elements of conflict, terror, action, and tension, all crammed into a melodramatic musical score with somewhat way too obvious (hence, boring) direction and screenplay. What keeps The Incredible Hulk from a total belly-up is Edward Norton, William Hurt and Tim Roth can still pull a heck of a performance in spite of everything. The Incredible Hulk's updated look deserves a note too, but five years later, it is to be expected. I'm just happy the Hulk's back I guess. The climactic bout between the Abomination and Hulk failed to deliver. Like the movie itself, the fight was a laughable mess at most, ending in the silliest of fashion. Unless you're a fan of the series, I would not care to recommend it.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Fun film for the family.
One perfect way to make Jack Black not too annoying: make him a cute computer-generated panda! Another fun, if not all too predictable film, has Po the Panda, a cook for his father's noodle shop, selected as being the legendary Dragon Warrior, much to the chagrin of five kung-fu artists and their master, who have spent their lives and then some trying to attain that goal.
The movie is entirely predictable. Don't expect something different or unique done to the status quo of computer-generated animation and storytelling. But of that, Kung Fu Panda is much more entertaining than some of the other recent, past efforts, and the quality is above par as well! I found myself not minding Kung Fu Panda. Jack Black's voice is softer than his other films so Po's character isn't your usual Jack Black-like character. Thumbs up for a job well done.
The Strangers (2008)
Eerie film lacking substance but delivers the thrills.
If The Strangers had a story with a little bit more common sense, I would fully recommend you in going to see Liv Tyler running, crawling, limping around for her life in and around a sprawling bungalow while three strangers invade the house. She needs an explanation why all these bad guys are doing this to her. "Because you were home," is all she's going to get.
There's a specific scene in this film, when the first knock on the door came, and a girl is standing in darkness (the outdoor light-bulb loosened), asking if Tamara was home. One could not help think but of Charles Manson when he was asking for someone of a different name at 10050 Cielo Drive and Shahrokh Hatami, with Sharon Tate behind him, might have said something similar to what James was telling the mysterious girl. As far as anything else being inspired by true events, is left to our imagination I guess, but it's hard to say if the 'Man in the Mask' is directly inspired by Tex Watson and the two girls, 'Pin-Up Girl' and 'Dollface,' are Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel.
As far as the film is, would you like it? The Strangers is indeed a scary movie at times. The film transcends most of the others in its genre by its 'less is more' and the villains do not cut corners when they decide to 'jump' out at you. Bertino's first effort in filming is a brave one as he wisely bucks the trend in making a clone of Saw or Hostel.
But the story still sucks. I'm reminded of The Simpsons' 'Cape Fear' episode where Sideshow Bob goes through a heck of a lot of time and trouble simply to stab or slice Bart. The Strangers do spend a lot of time destroying any point of hope for poor James and Kristen, not to mention one particular brain-fart where James decides to leave for help, abandoning poor Kristen in the house where the Strangers could be anywhere.
And what would The Strangers be if Liv Tyler wasn't such an excellent actress? The film's opening begins on a depressing note and seeing Scott Speedman and Liv work the crummy script shows how lucky Bryan Bertino was to get actors who did their best through it. And when the Strangers invade, seeing poor Liv in fear was as convincing as you could get. She did a superb job! The Strangers is not for everyone. And it does not change the status quo for horror movies because of its terrible script. But it is entertaining and Bertino's first effort as a director proves that he has potential.
Be it as it may, there was tremendous ingenuity in putting together a Blair Witch Project-type camcorder and making it a Godzilla experience. Cloverfield is a brilliant experiment and the lack of monster movies in this day and age only added to my interest in seeing this film. The end result is a mixed feeling, mind you. Poor Hud can't film worth squat and many scenes have you scratching your head, wondering what's going on. On top of that, the story is a little too flaky. After getting a single call from your lady friend, you decide to go to the main battleground of where the monster is to get her? She doesn't even send texts to keep in touch! Nevermind that a couple of the characters are mere acquaintances that don't have a heck of a lot in common with the main characters.
But Cloverfield is an interesting movie. Seeing the perspective of the monster and the little bugs it shakes out that attack and bite people, is a truly terrifying experience which makes Cloverfield more closer in line with the horror genre than other giant monster movies like King Kong or Godzilla. In Cloverfield, no one really has a happy ending, which could include you if you're not prepared for shaky camcorder antics again, but the film holds its own well enough to enjoy the end of New York as we know it.
Dan in Real Life (2007)
A Murderer of Love?
With the exception of one sentence, of a screaming teenage daughter at that, Dan in Real Life pretty much sponges up 100 minutes of your time. A comedy with lacking character and wasted talent. For myself, I find it interesting in noting that this has been Dane Cook's best performance yet and was the only real character of note next to Steve Carell's extremely low-tone, low-key role as the father of three daughters.
As Carell wraps a leash around his daughters, the script winds itself up tight to the point of no return. The dialog lacks wit, and Carell carries more despair than charm in his character. Being surrounded in a family house at Thanksgiving might introduce humor, but instead we find angst and anger. The film is strangely one big depressing downer, as Dan torments himself and his daughters as he comes to terms with love and whatever befell his daughters' mother. As far as romantic comedies go, Dan in Real Life has no real niche in its genre, nor in any other for that matter.
Cho and Penn at the top of their game.
Although it's exciting to see Harold and Kumar return to the big screen, I kind of hoped the movie would be funnier. Guaranteed, Guantanamo Bay is one of John Cho's and Kal Penn's best films yet. There's a scene with Neil Patrick Harris at a police check point and Harold and Kumar's parents being questioned by the authorities, but overall the silliness that made White Castle great (such as a guy peeing beside you in the middle of an open forest), is somehow lost after our duo escape a cockmeat sandwich.
If you enjoy the first movie, by all means Guantanamo Bay is perfect for you, but I feel that the whole purpose of adding Vanessa to the storyline is to give both our buds a happy ending for everyone once they reach Amsterdam. Of course, the end of this film is the perfect tie-in for a third movie, or a direct-to-video spin-off for Nail Patrick Harris. Hopefully we will not see the last of John Cho and Kal Penn.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Much better than you would think.
After Knocked Up and The 40 Yr. Old Virgin, I was surprised to see Judd Apatow's newest film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, maintain the same success as the earlier films. Try this as a surprise, Sarah Marshall is Judd's best film yet. There's far more comedy in this film than the previous efforts and the actors are perfectly suited for the film. Easily this is Jason Segel's best work and is the perfect vehicle for Russell Brand, whose Aldous Snow virtually stole the show and Mila Kunis, as this film was her best performance as of yet.
Although Aldous Snow stole the show, with some of the best one-liners ever, everyone in the movie you come to laugh at and enjoy. It was a pleasant surprise to see everyone have a happy ending and that the movie was actually really good! With Judd's recent effort, hopefully the way of the one-joke movie will finally die off and make way for entertaining comedies such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall.