What a week! General elections do spice up life around the UK. And what about those resignations? Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage, Nick Clegg… the Tories really were thorough with knocking out their competition. Unfortunately, we now have to deal with everyone becoming political experts, screaming that the world as we know it will crash and burn in a blazing ball of debts and austerity. I’ll be glad once the election news is over. At least until 2020.
Anyway, three films for reviewing! The three films I watched last week because, you know, time is scarce these days. Let’s get to it!
American Pie 2
THE PLOT: After their first year of college, the four friends meet again for the summer in a rented beach-house. Nadia’s return gets Jim worried about his sexual performance, Finch learns Tantra in the hopes that ‘Stifler’s mom’ will return, Oz is frustrated by his girlfriend’s vacation, and Kevin tries to let go of his first love Vicky. ‘Hilarious’ endeavours ensue.
It’s hard to talk about this film and not compare it to the first film (which I only saw a few weeks ago). As a stand alone, American Pie 2 is okay. It doesn’t use the gaffs and gross-out humour as a crutch, as many films of this particular genre of comedy do.
However, to look at American Pie, you can obviously see it was better. The comedy was funnier, the story of each character was more rounded (I mean, Oz’s story was just him and his girlfriend talking on the phone) and American Pie 2 comes off as just being a cash-cow continuation of the story. It really doesn’t add much to the franchise. However, I have to say I enjoyed watching the movie.
VERDICT: 5/10 – The pastry is not so fresh anymore.
Jim: Was I any good that night? Michelle: Jeez, how could I forget? You sucked.
SPECIAL THANKS TO MATT
THE PLOT: A documentary. In 1994, thirteen-year-old Nicholas Barclay disappeared on his way home in Texas. Three years later, a boy was confirmed to be Barclay from Spain. It would be a miracle, if only the boy wasn’t a twenty-three year old man. And that isn’t even the biggest twist there is.
So the film focuses on interviews of ‘the imposter’ (I will keep him nameless to keep the review spoiler-free), the Barclay family, an FBI agent, and Private Investigator, with interjections from re-enactments and video-footage of the story.
Boy was this dramatic. Tension built with every second knowing that this imposter was weeding his way into a different family, and him commentating over his infiltration gave a really unnerving feel to the whole thing.
I didn’t realise this was a documentary until the closing scenes of the movie, and that had a weird effect on me, because I was more judgemental of the people there. And the movie pushes you around in a way that makes you think that there is something really fishy going on.
I really can’t say much without spoiling the movie, but this is a definite recommendation! Don’t look anything up! Don’t do a single piece of research until you have seen the film. Intense, unnerving, and a brilliant way of telling an incredibly dark story. And just so you know, I wish there was more of an investigation after the release of this film.
9/10 – A brilliant unmasking of all the imposters.
A new identity was a real passport, an American passport, I could go to the US, go to the school there, live with that family and just being someone and don't never again to to worry about being identified. - 'The Imposter'
This Is the End
THE PLOT: Jay Baruchel visits Seth Rogen in L.A., who invites him to go to James Franco’s house party. After meeting up with many other A-List celebrities, the apocalypse suddenly occurs, leaving the aforementioned three, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson stranded in the house, trying to survive the ensuing chaos.
This was… surprisingly good. I mean, I was expecting an average comedy, but this was actually rather fun to watch.
The meta-humour of everyone playing themselves works really well, including Rihanna, Emma Watson, and Kevin Hart. My favourite was Michael Cera, who was the complete opposite of the kind-hearted teens that he’s played in Juno and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. He was in the film for, what, five minutes? And he was one of the funniest people in the film. Also shout-out to Channing Tatum, and his three lines in the film. Seriously, three lines. I counted.
The jokes are usually poking fun at the actors (why Seth Rogen is a typecast actor, and the sequel to Pineapple Express being made), but do stem into the hilarious situations they get into as they try to survive. Jonah Hill was great as ‘America’s sweetheart’, through who you get the feeling he’s not quite as sincere as thought.
Sure, there were some jokes that fell flat on their face, and the film started to become a little more predictable story and joke wise, but after a cameo from Backstreet Boys, shout-outs to The Exocist, and a lot of self-righteous celebrities dying, what’s there to hate?
VERDICT: 7/10 – The rapture has never been so fun.
Jonah Hill: A huge earthquake happens, who do they rescue first? Actors. They'll rescue Clooney, Sandra Bullock, me. If there's room, you guys will come.