Three bad movies in a week. That has to be some kind of an achievement. Not one that I’m proud of that’s for sure, but just wait till we get to the good part. Never give up hope. Never!
Girl Most Likely (2012) – 4.5 (IMDb 5.6) – Comedy (USA)
I like Kristen Wiig, I think she’s really funny and a likable. She’s a good actress and she has done some good movies, like Bridesmaids. The fact that Girl Most Likely doesn’t work however is definitely not her fault or any of the other fantastic actors in this film like Matt Dillon, who seems to be the only one who’s allowed to be funny here. The film’s problem lies in the script aka the bad writing. Kristen Wiig’s character is not very sympathetic and doesn’t seem to care about anyone. As a consequence it’s hard to relate to her or hope that she succeeds. The direction is uninspired. Visually there’s not much going on. Most of the things that happen are completely preposterous or unrealistic. Continue reading
After being positively surprised by the first film, I was somewhat looking forward to a sequel of Despicable Me. Like most people I thought the first film was very original, beautifully animated and pretty funny. And I don’t even like animated or family films. Being a bit pretentious and cynical as a film-goer I think they are mostly silly and childish, which actually makes sense since they’re targeting children. However I can’t really judge the film as a kid, because I’m not a kid anymore. For what it’s worth though, my little sister really enjoyed this film, so I guess the film achieved its goal. Continue reading
Directed, produced and starring Ben Stiller, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the story of “A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing” (IMDb plot summary). This looks like a whimsical comedy/drama with adventure and fantasy elements. The tone of this teaser reminds me of the films of Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) or even something like Stranger Than Fiction.
With a screenplay by Steve Conrad and co-starring Sean Penn this could even be an Oscar contender. Also in this: Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt and Adam Scott. Good for Ben Stiller trying to do something smarter than most of his buddies: I’m looking at you Adam Sandler! The film comes out in theaters Christmas Day 2013. In the meantime check out the this excellent (and different!) teaser and let me know if you look forward to it as well.