It’s a busy week at the box office but we didn’t deem the top two films spoiler worthy. So Home and Get Hard get a pass. Instead we tackle the indie horror flick It Follows. Apparently there’s an “it” and it’s, um….prone to following things. It’s a taut, suspenseful thriller that achieves that rarest of feats…it gets everyone on the show to agree. And in a good way. Go figure.
It’s Reel Spoilers #88 – It Follows.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Blake Fehl
Run-time: 1hr 31min
If you were to show someone the original film of the Fast and Furious series, and skip them directly to Furious 7, they’d most likely have trouble believing the two are part of the same series. The original film, The Fast and the Furious, was a Point Break ripoff that replaced extreme sports with illegal street racing. Furious 7 has more in common with Marvel’s The Avengers these days than it does its original premise. Sure, the fast cars are still there, but they don’t serve the importance they did in the first film. Now they are merely a mean to an ends. So, needless to say, the series has evolved. Has it been for the better?
First thing to note: if you want to enjoy Furious 7, stretch your suspension of disbelief to an unbelievable level. Much of what happens over the course of the film takes a huge leap of logic to believe. If you are willing to treat it the same way you would treat a superhero film or fantasy, then quite likely you’ll be taken away by the over-the-top action set pieces. The story itself is really just an excuse to show the audience these somewhat gaudy scenes. They introduce uber-baddie Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in a clever scene where he has destroyed an entire hospital and special ops team, just to give a speech to his brother who happens to be in a coma. Sure, it’s a bit of a waste of effort on Deckard’s part, but as we only see the aftermath of what he’s done, we know he’s the baddest of the bad.
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
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Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars in the incredible story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past, Maria has taken on a mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele. Partnering with an inexperienced but determined young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks on an epic journey for justice 60 years in the making.
Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Frances Fisher
Director: Simon Curtis