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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016), Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher
Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016), Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher

I sat down to watch Keeping Up With The Joneses without any grand expectations and that’s probably the best way to go into it, should you choose to do so. Starring John Hamm, Gal Gadot, Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher, I found this Greg Mottola directed action / comedy only mildly funny.

There are indeed a couple of moments that made the experience less regrettable. The first being the nicely executed snake scene in the Chinese restaurant. The second is when Galifianakis’s character makes a joke at the expense of the British. It could be that I found it particularly hilarious because the United Kingdom is home. It’s more likely though that it’s Galifianakis’s excellent comic timing and delivery. Beyond these two scenes, everything else about Keeping Up With The Joneses just felt like cheap filler because it wasn’t that good.

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016), Gal Gadot, John Hamm
Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016), Gal Gadot, John Hamm

One last good thing Mottola’s movie did is remind me that Wonder Woman (2017), my most highly anticipated movie of 2017 will be here in not too many months. I for one cannot wait to see its star Gal Gadot do her thing.

Happy Film Loving

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HECTOR & THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS (2014): When Physical Distance Equals Clarity

Hector & The Search For Happiness (2014), Simon Pegg
Hector & The Search For Happiness (2014), Simon Pegg

Directed by Peter Chelsom and starring Simon Pegg, Hector & The Search For Happiness is about a man who realises that change must happen in his life.

Following this realisation, he checks out of his current situation and sets off in search of adventure and an answer to one big question.

During his search foe happiness and what it means, he meets several interesting characters, gets into a few scrapes here and learns plenty, especially about himself.

Chelsom’s movie has a few similarities to Eat Pray Love (2010) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). Hector & The Search For Happiness isn’t a terrible movie, but I do prefer the other two.

Whether you need convincing that travel is a good idea or not, this movie does a good job of reminding you of travel’s great ability to help you see things with renewed clarity; whether it’s because of the people you meet whilst away or the physical distance from your daily routine.

For clarity, get some distance.

Happy Hector & The Search For Happiness 🙂

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