Macgruber Review

September 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm (Movies)

In our time, there have been many heroes to come and save the day. James Bond has saved the world about 22 times now, and it turns out he’s a shape shifter. Batman has saved Gotham dozens of times in both comics and film. Then there’s Macgruber, who, quite frankly, may be hurting the world more than helping it. This past year Macgruber has joined the ranks of Wayne and Garth, The Blues Brothers, and countless others as an SNL character to get his own film, and to be honest, the results could have been much, much worse than the hysterical film we received. After a decade in exile, Macgruber is called back into action when the man who murdered his wife, Dieter Von Cunth (his name is about 1/3 of the jokes in the film) has stolen a highly dangerous warhead and threatens to destroy the world. After Macgruber assembles his own kick-butt team of the best assassins in the world and subsequently blows them to smithereens by accident, he’s left with esteemed, by the books Lt. Piper and his legendary sidekick from the show, Vicki St. Elmo. I’m not gonna beat around the bush, Macgruber is made for fans of the show. From the gut-busting opening orchestra rendition of the theme song, to the timeless bomb-defusing scene at the end of the film (that’s not a spoiler, it’s in the trailer), if you’ve never seen the sketch or you’ve never found it funny, then there’s nothing for you to enjoy in this film. That being said, I’ve been a fan of SNL in general since I was old enough to stay up and watch it with my dad, so I’m sort of the target audience for this one. This being a Macgruber movie and targeted at fans of the Macgruber sketch, I think it hits the nail on the head. The film gets the feel of the show just right, never spending too much time in one place, and it still has that incredibly goofy style of humor that’s almost self-referential. You get the sense that half way through the film the writers aren’t even really interested in making a great movie, which goes towards the film’s benefit. This is mostly thanks to Will Forte, who sports the mullet and vest again to portray his role as Macgruber. To be honest, the guy really doesn’t have much going for him since his filmography began, and this is really been his only real character that’s taken off. But to the guy’s credit, he plays the role like no other, and delivers a comedic performance that saves the film in a lot of scenes. Kristin Wiig never really impressed me in the film, and the same goes for Ryan Phillippe, but the movie does squeeze a few good drops out of Powers Boothe as Colonel Jim Faith and Val Kilmer, who actually has a nice comedic knack. While the film does have a few amazingly funny moments, they come at the expense of some that aren’t so funny. The jokes in the film are a little half and half, some that will take you by surprise and others that surprise you by thinking “that joke really made it into the film?” Honestly, by the time the credits roll, it’s a pretty unbalanced experience comedically speaking. But when Macgruber really reaches its form, it delivers a great comedic experience for the year, you may just have to endure through some of the lower valleys of the film’s writing. It’s almost one of those cases of, hysterical for 5 minutes, a little bit draining at 1 1/2 hours. It’s not quite up to par with the level of comedy brilliance like Get Him to the Greek or Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and it’s not really trying to, but some better writing could have helped the film. If you’re a fan of the sketch, you should definitely check it out, but if not then there’s really not going to be a lot to love here.

2 1/2 out of 4

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5 Comments

  1. KingreX32 said,

    Your reviews are always awesome. Dude you gotta join this site. Its called Lunch.com.

    You can post reviews about anything there. Trust me its awesome. Cheak it out.

  2. earlman27 said,

    Thanks for the heads-up man, I’ll check that out. Appreciate the compliments, it’s been something I’ve been working on for quite some time.

  3. KingreX32 said,

    All the more reason to cheak out Lunch.com People will complement and rate your reviews. And if there good enough they will be featured in weekly emails.

  4. The James said,

    I might have to check out the sketched eventually

    though what I have seen of this film so far did not really appeal to me

  5. earlman27 said,

    The sketch is really good, it’s one of SNL’s best in a while. If you like the sketch though it’d definitely be worth looking into the film just to see the idea carried out.

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