All is Bright (2013)
In recent years, there have been more and more unhappy Christmas related movies. The holidays bring out the best and the worst in people and sometimes it helps to watch a not so happy holiday movie. This year’s option is All is Bright.
The film is a dark comedy about a recently paroled man named Dennis (Paul Giamatti) who has a lot of trouble trying to find a job because of the poor economy and the fact that he just got out of jail. Dennis takes a job selling Christmas trees with his old friend Rene (Paul Rudd) and the Christmas season proves to not be so bright.
Giamatti usually does not disappoint, but Rudd can be questionable. Regardless, this film looks like it will have some good moments of laughter. It definitely doesn’t look like your average Christmas movie.
The movie was released in select theatres on 10/4/13 and has been on demand since 9/10/13.
So, why am I telling you about this movie now? I am telling you about this now because I have a feeling that this will be one film that slips through the cracks. Most people who actually see this movie will probably be watching it on DVD. It seems to me like it was released too early. I think that it might have done okay in theatres if they had released it in November and done a better job marketing it.
I have noticed a lot more movies this year that have had trouble making it to wide release. Is direct to DVD or on demand the way of the future? I hope not. It would be nice to have a lot of options of movies to see in theatres, instead of simply the films that should make money for production companies. There were so many big blockbuster films that flopped this year and that is hurting the movie business more than people realize. I blame the lack of originality and sequel overdose for this problem.
Paul Rudd has been typecast in the same roles for the majority of his career. When Tina Fey is not on television, she is acting in cheesy romantic comedies. With this in mind, I figured that this movie would be very average, but I thought that I would give it a chance anyway.
The film is about an admissions officer at Princeton (Tina Fey) who is not very fond of children. After finding out that an applicant just might be her son that she gave up for adoption a number of years before, she puts her job in jeopardy trying to help him get accepted.
I would hardly classify Admission as a comedy. It is not even really a dramedy. It is a romantic drama, but mainly just a drama.
It seems like more and more movies these days have been released classified as comedy/romance/drama. It is deceiving because often times these movies are just not very funny or any good at all, i.e. The Guilt Trip (2012) and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012).
These types of movies take actors that are mainly known for their comedy and they try to stretch the parameters of their acting ability by making them do comedy, drama, and romance. The end result is usually a light hearted, dysfunctional concoction of cheesy and cheap humor, a formulaic story, and characters that seem out of place because they are out of their element and in over their heads. Admission is exactly this kind of movie.
I chuckled a few times, I was bored a little bit, and when the movie was over I knew that I would never have to see it again.
Rudd and Fey keep making the same movies and therefore will continue to make the same movies.
Tomlin was charming. Given that she has mainly been acting in television lately, it was nice to see her in a movie again.
This is not even a good “chick flick.” Don’t waste your time on this below average movie.
I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Run.
This is the End (2013)
When you get a cast together that includes James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson, you just know that you are in for a raunchfest. The rest of the cast were basically all cameo appearances and they included Channing Tatum, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, David Krumholtz, Chritopher Mintz-Plasse, Jason Segel, Rihanna and The Backstreet Boys.
Seth Rogen basically took a page from Adam Sandler’s book and got all of his buddies together and decided to make a comedy about the end of the world. Arguably Sandler has been doing this at least once a year, but his movies lately have been making you wish that it was the end of the world.
Each actor plays themselves in This Is the End. They all go over to James Franco’s house for a party. The rapture crashes their shindig and they are forced to stay holed up in Franco’s house trying to survive.
The film started out a little stale and immediately I was worried that it was going to be a complete disappointment. Eventually the god of laughter smiled upon me and I found myself convulsing with amusement. However, it seemed like I was simply having laughing spells. The movie would be really funny and then it would get too cheesy and stupid and then funny again. The Comedy seemed to cycle through all types of humor. Sometimes it was hilarious and other times, not so much. It was crude, crass, vulgar, stupid, tasteless, and just plain dumb. Sometimes these things worked and sometimes they didn’t.
Overall the movie was too inconsistent. After a while, the inconsistency caused the film to drag on. The humor dissolved and all that remained was tacky stupidity. I did have a good time laughing while it lasted.
I rate this movie a 6 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Rent.