Horrible Bosses Review

It is always refreshing to see a comedy in this age of comedy we live in that has laughs that aren’t solely based on sex or the word “fuck”. Horrible Bosses is a film that exemplifies that very idea. This is not to say the film exemplifies this idea perfectly because it most certainly doesn’t. Horrible Bosses was however very entertaining and made me laugh out loud through out.

When a film has such a fun premise and great actors playing very comedic characters, its hard to fail and this film doesn’t. The film follows three average joes whose bosses fit the build of “horrible”. When they can’t take it any longer the three friends device a plan in order to take care of the situation. Hilarity in ensues. And I’m being serious, the movie was rather hilarious. Some of the plot devices used were generic and almost too easy, but they get the characters from point A to point B and at the end of the day, its the comedy that matters and this was a well made comedy.

Of the employees, my favorite was by far Charlie Day’s character who was playing virtually the same character he plays on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, but what are you going to do, the character is funny and I laughed a lot. Jason Sudeikis definitely played his part making for some great moments. Bateman had his moments, but I’ve just never found him that funny to begin with. His delivery just doesn’t do it for me.

My favorite boss is a doozy. Kevin Spacey is with out a doubt the greatest actor working in this film, but this is a question of who was funnier. Even though Kevin Spacey was fabulous as the worst boss, but for me Jennifer Aniston was absolutely hilarious. You’ll find yourself dumb founded at times wondering to yourself if she actually just said that. It was completely out of character and I loved it. Colin Ferrell was also fun as the drugged up boss of Sudeikis, unfortunately he just didn’t get the chance to show anything off because he wasn’t in it as much.

There were some blatant flubs that you’d find resemble the kind you’d find in plenty of other namable comedies. There were a fair share of those laugh out loud moments that comedies aspire to have and there were some dull moments. So no Horrible Bosses wasn’t some kind of comedic gem, but it was a very funny movie that I would certainly laugh at again.

Grade: B

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Up in the Air Review

Its actually rather difficult to put down into words exactly how much I enjoyed Up in the Air. I think the biggest reason I fell in love with this movie was because I went in there not expecting much. It just didn’t look very interesting. And George Clooney is on and off for me. I love him in movies like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, From Dusk Till Dawn and Michael Clayton, but than I’m not a big fan of him in movies like the Ocean’s trilogy and the Perfect Storm.

Then when it came to the director Jason Reitman, I loved Thank You for Smoking and I really liked JUno, but didn’t find it to be the masterpiece most did. So I went in not expecting much. I wasn’t thinking it would be a bad movie, I was thinking it would be an ok a movie. I was wrong, my expectations were exceeded with flying colors, I loved Up in the Air.

Up in the Air tells the story of a loner who flies daily to different companies in order to fire people whose bosses are too scared to. Ryan Bingham prides himself on independence and the many miles he’s acquired in the air. Than an unexpected thing happens, scratch that. Many expect things happen, but you’ll just have to find out what they are for yourself.

This is one of the movies I did enjoy Clooney in. He really hasn’t been disappointing as of late. He gave a great performance here, not oscar worthy, but great. Farmiga and Kendrick as the supporting women also were scene stealers. Everyone was on top of their game, especially behind the camera. I shall never doubt Reitman’s work again, I can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve next.

Up in the Air tells a story that feels real and heartfelt. A movie that deserves to be experienced multiple times. Like life, Up in the Air doesn’t follow a certain formula, you don’t know what to expect. The events that follow are simply… up in the air.

Grade: A+

Hancock Review

What can be said about Hancock? Watch the trailer right now and don’t see the movie because that 3 minutes is the only fun you will receive out of this movie. Hancock has a great premise, the human super hero who makes mistakes and has emotional problems, it could’ve made a great dramedy for all ages, but instead it loses its direction and doesn’t know where to go with the story at all. It seems like a smart man told his five year old mute son about an idea for a movie and had a heart-attack, then his five year old son had to write his own rendition of the idea. Hancock could’ve just been a good dramedy about a super hero who makes mistakes, but learns learns to do better, and a society that learns to love what they got. Instead half way through the movie, new pointless information keeps piling onto your lap that you don’t even care about or want to know about and if you see the movie you’ll know what I’m talking about. They took a fun, simple idea and tried to make it complex and epic, which it was anything but, it was exactly like the travesty that was Spider-Man 3 last year. The movie was terrible, Wanted was better and I didn’t like that movie either.

Grade: D

Juno

Of course the movie thats getting all the hype right now, Juno. When I went to see this movie I was expecting to laugh as much as I did during Knocked Up, because its a movie with basically the same story and with an actor from one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time, Superbad. Let me tell you, when it comes to laughs I was disappointed, basically anytime I laughed in the trailer was how much I would’ve laughed during the movie if I hadn’t already seen the trailer. I am sorry to say that, but on the lighter side of things, when it comes to the movie itself I will say that I was a bit surprised. This movie actually holds its own at being quite original and where it lacks in laughs it made up for it in realism and dialogue. This movie wasn’t spectacular by any means, but it was pretty good. When and if you do see this movie, know that you won’t laugh as much as you think, but you will watch a realalistic-yet-strange dramedy. Grade: B +