I must be too sensible for this kind of fun because as I watched director Jeff Tomsic’s male friendship comedy Tag, where former classmates play an elaborate game of tag across the country, I definitely thought it silly for grown / middle aged men to be playing a children’s game. Especially the way it’s played in the movie – often resulting in a notable amount of damage to the immediate surroundings.
My sensible ways aside though, it’s unfortunate that I wasn’t very amused throughout the film and that the only scenes that really had me most engaged were the ones featuring Jeremy Renner’s character Jerry. Particularly when he was playing the game. Renner’s stunt work, athleticism and general onscreen charisma helped make Tag that little bit more watchable.
Also starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Jon Hamm, I probably would have had more fun watching Tag if I’d felt like I knew the characters more before the game commenced. What happened before we meet Renner’s character sadly felt more to me like un-amusing filler. Besides Jerry, my favourite thing about Tag is the way it ends and the music choice just before the credits.
Even though I’m not Tag’s biggest fan, I admit that knowing the film was based on a real life group of friends who played the game for 23 years warms my heart a little. It also has me wondering how the movie may be that little bit different from the whole truth.
Watch it if you’re so curious. Maybe you’ll find it funnier than I did.
Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Jon Hamm are the stars of Tag, a Jeff Tomsic directed comedy about agroup of former classmates who organise an elaborate, annual game of tag that takes them all over the country…
Is it fair that I compare every movie about three or more adult male friends having a great time together and being a certain kind of outrageous to The Hangover (2009)? I’m sure it isn’t, but I really can’t help myself.
After watching this trailer, the subject matter of Tag seems a tad juvenile to have me especially intrigued, but what a pleasant surprise it would be if I ended up really liking this film. I love a great comedy and want that to be the case here so I’ll want to give Tag a chance.
Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb and Hannibal Buress also star.
In Wind River, Elizabeth Olsen is an FBI agent who teams up with the town’s veteran game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan; Jon Bernthal and Kelsey Asbille also star…
This one appeals because I want to know if the town’s veteran game tracker (Renner) is the killer, plus I want to see more of the beautiful creatures at 1:55 in the above trailer; big cats are my favourite, after all.
Starring Amy Adams, Forrest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner, in Arrival, alien space crafts have landed on earth and it’s America’s expert linguist Dr Louise Banks (Adams) whose job it is to figure out whether or not they come in peace…
I’m excited about Arrival because of its director, Denis Villeneuve. His delivery of atmosphere, tension, a brilliant musical score and cinematography in Sicario (2015)was fantastic. As such, we can all expect to be delighted whilst being equally terrified.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the aliens fully look like. Fingers crossed that when we get to see them, the CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) won’t leave too much to be desired.
Something else we can probably all prepare to see in Arrival is a brilliant performance from Amy Adams. Her character is clearly terrified but the people around her don’t seem to be very attuned to that fact.
The trailer for Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation is one of my favourites of 2015. The editing and promise of endless thrills are two of the reasons. Another is the rather reliable cast headed by Tom Cruise and including Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon and Pegg.
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Rogue Nation opens the way action movies ought to; precisely as it plans to go on – thrilling and fast paced. The film succeeds on delivering engaging dialogue, good humour and fun along with the thrills.
There are several great scenes that Impossible Missions Force (IMF) Agent, Ethan Hunt gets involved in. One of the best is the tense and well executed ’impossible’ section of the mission.
Hunt’s relationship with Benji (Simon Pegg) and the dialogue between his team members is another highlight. Watch it because it’s good.
Director David O. Russell’s film is good and Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner are all great in their roles.
However, I did find myself not as hooked as the story unfolded – at least not early on in the film anyway.
It’s not that plenty was’t happening – and at a good pace. It’s likely that I just didn’t identify with or get especially attached to any of the characters. Things did get better, particularly at the moment ‘Edith’s veil’ comes down.
Watch it if you’re curious about the story of a con man trying to keep the upper hand and stay alive when forced to work with the FBI in 70s New Jersey.