R.I.P.D. Review

I don’t usually review movies, so when I do that means the movie struck some chord in me.  it could be either I absolutely hated it, or I loved it.  R.I.P.D. is one of the latter.  Is it one of the best movies ever created?  Absolutely not. The movie has many flaws, but they don’t seem to matter when you measure them up against its many strengths.

Let me start by saying I really enjoy Ryan Reynolds in all of his movies.  I can’t even think of one that I didn’t like. Even that Buried movie he was in had him giving a very strong performance. It’s not his fault the ending was so damn bad.  He is a strong actor, who can be funny or sad, but he isn’t the reason I loved RIPD (which is easier to type than R.I.P.D. every time).  By the way RIPD stands for Rest in Peace Department.   I didn’t fully realize what RIPD meant until a few minutes into the movie, when the main character dies.  I don’t know why it surprised me, but it did.  That is also when the fun begins.

Ryan Reynolds plays Nick, a modern day cop, who is paired with an 1800 gunslinger, played by Jeff Bridges, and they are given the duty of tracking down dead people who have escaped back to Earth.  It’s hard to describe the role Jeff platys without giving away too much of the plot, but he is why I loved RIPD.  I haven’t liked Jeff in a lot of his movies, especially his role in Iron Man.  He had such a yucky creep factor that I didn’t think I would ever enjoy any of his movies ever again.  I certainly can’t say that after his performance in RIPD.  Most of all the laughs in the movie are because of him.  He fully embraces his role of Roycephus (Roy).  He overshadows Ryan so much, that anyone could have played Nick.  Sort of the way Richard Gere thought all they needed was a guy in a suit opposite Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.  All they needed was a good looking guy holding a gun to play opposite Jeff as a bitter but funny gunslinger who died in the Old West and was then eaten and abused by coyotes.

One of biggest laughs is that living people don’t see Nick and Roy.  They have “avatars” for everyone else to hide who they really are.  Nick is an old Chinese guy and Roy is a beautiful and sexy female model, which brings more humor to everything else going on.  Guns are also replaced with bananas for the living to see.

With all the funny antics going on, it is unclear why the makers of this movie decided to go over the top with the dead people.  These “deados” look normal until exposed to Indian food (or cumin), then exposing their true faces.  This is the one aspect of the movie which keeps it from being a great movie.  The deados are all disgusting and ridiculously overdone.  It’s unclear why they went overboard on the special effects when it was so unnecessary.  The exact same story could have been done without all the grossness, and it would have helped the movie instead of hurting it. Seriously, that is the only reason the movie didn’t do better than it did.  Take all that disgusting crap away, and this would have been a 5 star movie.  Jeff Bridges should win an Oscar for his performance, and it’s one of the most original movies I’ve seen in a long time.  I hope they make a sequel and this time go a little subtle on the deados.

November 11th, 2013 by Jude Reviews Tags: , , , , 0 Comment

A Christmas Carol (2009) Review – Jim Carrey

 

Whenever Jim Carrey is in a movie, it is usually guaranteed to be funny.  At least that is what this reviewer expected, but Disney’s version of A Christmas Carol is anything but funny.  The animation makes everyone look like they are made of wax, and Scrooge himself is a pathetic skeleton with skin.  Why he would be upset at his impending death is quite a shock, since it can’t possibly be too far in the future.  Though with all the falling down stairs, he should have died during the course of the movie.

Disney always puts its own twist to all the classics it has re-imagined.  Afterall, who would want to watch The Little Mermaid if Ariel lost her prince and her life?  So it was with optimism that I watched this version of a story that has been retold many times, Scrooged being the best so far.

It’s hard to feel sorry for an old man who hates everyone, including himself.  He can’t even spare his employee coal for his fire, but then everyone is supposed to hate Scrooge.  Then the ghosts appear, and apparently anyone who is dedicated to his or her job will be chained to that job in the after life.  So for every person who cares more about career than family, that is your “heaven”.

The ghost of Christmas past is one of the most ridiculous creations ever. Not only is he very hard to understand, he is too strangely quirky.  It’s hard to concentrate on the plot while staring at what is basically a match stick.  But he is nothing compared to the very (and I mean very) irritating ghost of Christmas present.  This lazy buggard can’t even get off his butt to show Scrooge around, but instead zips him around in a room with a transparent floor.  And his laughter?  Oh mercy, it was a blessing when he finally died (yes, a ghost actually dies in this movie), but then his skull keeps on laughing.  This whole scene was watched while wincing, hoping the lunatic wouldn’t find everything that happened as hilarious.

The ghost of Christmas future was a blessing, but then the idiot Scrooge keeps running from him, taking the viewer on a ridiculous ride through London as he shrinks to the size of a mouse.  This movie was 3D in the theaters, and sometimes they dedicated way too much time on that effect and less on the actual plot.  It never really is believable that Scrooge was transformed from a pathetic miser to a lover of all things, but that’s the original story.  This version is basically a waste of two hours.

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