My favourite thing about directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s action / comedy 21 Jump Street is… I want to say ‘everything’ because I really had a great time watching this movie. Nevertheless, if I had to choose one thing, its of course the beautiful bromance between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s characters. They play two under achieving cops who are sent back to high school to bring down a synthetic drug ring. It’s a good balance of comedy and action with a soft-ish centre of good old fashioned brotherly bonding.
In addition to co-stars Ice Cube and Johnny Depp, another highlight for me was recognising a younger Brie Larson among the cast. Watch 21 Jump Street for the fun bromance. Though it’s definitely not number one on my top ten bromance movies list (because Pineapple Express (2008)rules); it is a fun and funny ‘adults back in high school’ movie experience with a side of undercover cop action.
Starring Aubrey Plaza, Fred Armisen, Alison Brie and Dave Franco, The Little Hours is a new comedy set in the middle ages. The story follows a young servant who is fleeing from his master and takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns…
I want to find out where writer / director Jeff Baena goes with this seemingly crazy story. Maybe it’ll become one of my favourite comedies. Maybe…?
Nick Offerman, John C Reilly, Kate Micucci and Molly Shannon also star.
I remember watching Neighbors (2014) and not liking it enough to write anything meaningful. I wasn’t in love with the Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising trailer either at first, but it grew on me after a week.
Fast forward to now having seen the sequel, the film suffers from the dreaded sequel disease of repetition. Though certainly not to the levels that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2did this year, suffer it certainly does. As per the original movie, this one too was directed by Nicholas Stoller.
None of the performances by the stars including Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco or Chloë Grace Moretz were bad. I just wasn’t much amused. In fact I’m quite certain that most of my laughing happened during theNeighbors 2 trailer.
Try as I must, I managed to find something I enjoyed about the movie and that is the message(s) at the end – however forced they may have felt.
I’m starting to wonder why it is that I seem to find myself enjoying Rogen’s Newer work less and less. I wasn’t even able to make it through the first third of The Night Before (2015) before needing to bail because I didn’t buy into any of the character’s actions. Am I simply getting too old and therefore no longer the target market? Have I watched so many of his movies / movies in general that very little is new to me any more? Has my taste simply changed…?
All I know at this point is that whatever the answer, thank goodness for the early work.
Now You See Me 2, the sequel to 2012’s slick and clever Now You See Me is coming and the trailer promises more seemingly impossible illusions and tricks from the The Four Horsemen…
Directed by Jon M. Chu; Daniel Radcliffe, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco and Michael Caine return along with Mark Ruffalo for more action magic and thrills.
I’m looking forward to plenty, including the character played by Daniel Radcliffe.