In keeping with my pledge to design a poster for each weeks movie review here is this weeks movie review/poster – Get Him to the Greek. Oh and I promise a double review of Inception and Toy Story in a couple of days! Not to be missed.
Like most, I was pleasantly surprised with Nicolas Stollers 2008 rom-com Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It had charming and likeable characters, lots of humour, some of it being fairly crude and it still had heart. Even Russell Brand surprised me as an entirely watchable comedy actor as rock star Aldous Snow (although lets face it, his character probably wasn’t much of a stretch). Jason Segel was the star of the show mixing humour with shedloads of empathy and pathos. Even so, it was with a sense of apathy that I approached the ‘spin-off’ Get Him to the Greek. Gone were Jason Segel and Kristen Bell and staying on were Russell Brand and Jonah Hill – and here’s where the film stumbles right away. On the evidence of the film, Neither Hill nor Brand can hold a film on their own. They feel like supporting characters as neither one takes control of the movie. Also, both of them aren’t exactly likeable characters. Both characters have no moral centre – although I know this is not a necessity in every movie, but it is in this one.
I’m probably making it sound as if I despised this movie but it’s not true, I just wasn’t entirely fond of it. It had a few laughs (the African Child song and video is great) and it’s always great to see Colm Meaney in a movie but overall it was filled with what most of todays comedy’s have – dumb characters and over the top set pieces. Go see it if you’re a fan of Brand, he’s probably the most redeemable factor in the movie as he plays the character well.
My verdict – watch Forgetting Sarah Marshall again.