It isn’t easy to think of a bigger name right now when it comes to comedy films than Will Ferrell. Ever since he starred in Old School with fellow Frat Pack members Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson, Ferrell’s had a part in several of the most oft-quoted movies of the last decade. His general lack of shyness coupled with an overall good guy persona (with a few exceptions) has earned him the love of many fans around the world.
Now, it’s reasonable to think that Ferrell alone could carry a comedy title, but in this case, the producers managed to enlist Kevin Hart to play Ferrell’s foil. Hart has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame the last few years with his stand-up routine as well as his role in other recent films such as Ride Along and The Wedding Ringer. Hart has a knack for comedic timing, and combined with Ferrell’s naivete, it’s almost enough to save Get Hard, but not quite.
Max Foizey from 97.1 FM Talk (KFTK) and Max On Movies joins us in the war room this week to take on the cumbersomely titled The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Divergent is back.
Should that be met with excitement or trepidation? Wait…which one is Divergent again? Is that one with the mazes? Or the one with the bow and arrow chick? I’m pretty sure there’s a dystopian future involved though. And people love dystopian futures. It’s why we keep voting the way we do.
It’s Reel Spoilers #87 – The Divergent Series: Insurgent
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Max Foizey, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 31min
“Why didn’t we see the new Liam Neeson movie?” you ask. Because that’s a trick question. There are no “new Liam Neeson movies”. They’ve been re-releasing Taken 2 with different titles for three years now. You’ve been hornswoggled. It’s an elaborate scam that’s currently being investigated by your state’s Attorney General. So instead sit back and enjoy as Reel Spoilers comes dangerously close to being Fashion Police. You might have your doubts about this week’s episode but we implore you to…Say Yes to the Dress.
It’s Reel Spoilers #87: Cinderella.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 45min
In 1950 Walt Disney Productions was $4 million dollars in debt, and took a huge gamble on producing the $3 million dollar animated feature Cinderella. It was a film that would either make or break the studio. Yet here we are, and we all know the outcome of the film – 65 years later as we watch the live-action re-imagining of the classic, which is revered as one of the greatest animated features of all time.
Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Thor) directs a screenplay by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, Antz) in a straight forward adaptation that doesn’t try to flip the original story, which audiences know and love, on its head. The film follows the classic animated version pretty much beat for beat, and it isn’t at all a bad thing. We do gain more insight into Cinderella’s childhood, and relationship with her mother (Hayley Atwell) and father (Ben Chaplin) before they pass away, which only helps to grow the connection we feel with the main character – played by the charming Lily James (Downton Abbey).
Before Ella’s father passes away, he tries one more attempt at happiness by marrying the widowed Lady Tremaine – masterfully portrayed by Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, Blue Jasmine). Blanchett may look as lovely as ever, but she is evil incarnate as the wicked stepmother. Never before has a cartoon villain come to life on film in such dastardly fashion, as the actress makes it extremely easy to hate her character to its core. Blanchett is in good (bad?) company, as she brings her terribly nasty daughters Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) with her to live in the house. True to form, the wicked stepsisters are just as cruel and awful to Cinderella as you would expect. All three actresses do a fantastic job of making the audience loathe them.
Ummm… I mean Chappie. A movie that our legal department requires us to inform you resembles RoboCop in no way whatsoever (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). So please ignore all of the cops who are robots, and the Peter Weller sound-alike voice work, and that giant evil robot which doesn’t at all look like ED-209.
It’s Reel Spoilers #85 – CHAPPiE.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Justin Staggs, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 37min