Quick Reviews-Walk Hard, P2, Baby Mama, and The Simpsons Movie

May 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm (Movies)

   

Yea, I’ve been recording a lot of movies lately with my new Dish Network DVR. (By the way that reminds me that I’m gonna post my review of the Terminator trilogy whenever I finish the 3rd.) Anywho, I recorded a few movies and instead of writing a bunch of drawn out reviews, I decided I’d just sum it all up in a few sentences. START THE TIMER!!!

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story-3 1/2 out of 5-I gotta throw my hat off to John C. Reilly in this movie, he does a really great job as the lead man trying to pull this movie that often gets dragged down. Just so you know this is basically a spoof of Walk the Line and Johny Cash’s life. There are several jokes that stood out and are worth mention-Jack Black’s Paul McCartney, House of Candy, and Jonah Hill portraying Nate Cox (freaking hilarious). The movie is can be hysterical at times-Cox’s obsession with tearing off sinks, “Dewey Cox always thinks over his whole life before he plays”, etc., but too often times it became evident that this is a one-joke premise, and over the course of 2 hours, they kinda beat the joke horse to death. Plus, although funny, they kept running the joke of his name into the ground. (We get it, his name is a wiener.) Reilly, Fischer, and Meadows are all funny. If you like these kinds of Apatow or spoof movies, especially if you’re a Reily fan, it’s worth a rent, but don’t expect all the jokes that are as fresh in the first hour to remain as fresh through the whole thing. Thankfully “Walk Hard” is gonna be stuck in my head for years. 

P2-3 1/2 out of 5-This horror movie caught my attention a few years back when it came out, and I took the opportunity to watch it. This is a horror movie that really follows the cat-mouse pattern about this girl being stalked and kidnapped in a parking garage. Sure, it’s gimmicky, sure, it’s popcorn, but from a guy who didn’t expect to like it and isn’t experienced in the genre, I enjoyed it. It’s relentlessly brutal in spots, and jump-worthy in other spots. I also really liked how it delved into the stalker’s mindset more than it had to. This one is worth the rent for horror or non-horror fans with strong stomachs. 

Baby Mama-4 out of 5- Don’t judge me. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are both pretty funny in this pretty chicky comedy. There are some really funny spots in the movie, but could get a little too-estrogen filled at times and had a few too many plot twists for me in spots. However, Fey’s really funny and charismatic in the movie (it almost felt like a spin off of 30 Rock), and it’s worth a rent to those into comedies, women, or fans of either. 

The Simpsons Movie-4 1/2 out of 5Best for last. I finally got around to seeing the animated full length Simpsons episode. The movie is just flat out funny, there’s no way of getting around it. I loved the sheer variety in the humor, whether it’s slapstick, the kinda McFarlane spurring, or breaking the 4th Wall and making fun of itself as the Simpsons often does. All the characters are here, each gets their moment of glory. The animation isn’t Pixar, neither does it aim for that (of course), but is more than easy on the eyes. I didn’t really like the direction they took the plot in that it’s just relevant to the events relevant at that time, and I also thought it could have been longer. However, this is a perfect rent or buy for fans of the series, and should definitely be checked out by any one in search of a good comedy. 

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