I like movies and stuff.
Making a good comedy must be a lot harder than it looks. Here, you have likable and funny actors (especially Jake Johnson and Keegan-Michael Key, both of whom I previously thought could make anything funny) in a film with a reasonably clever premise, doing seemingly objectively funny things in seemingly objectively funny situations. But it is almost NEVER funny.
What’s off in the mix? I don’t know, but it’s not worth thinking about. It’s already used up 104 too many minutes of my evening.
I truly love the John Hughes classics as much as anyone, but the frankness and grit of the best non-Hughes movies like RISKY BUSINESS and FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH are something special.
This film, in particular, goes way beyond being a great teen comedy into some truly complex and surprisingly troubling areas. It’s ultimately a commentary on what the American Dream had become in the 1980s...and there’s a crack in the egg.
Don’t worry though, it’s also really funny!
I've got way too many feelings (all of them positive) stirring around inside of me having just seen this phenomenally entertaining remake/tribute to write a proper review, so I'm just going to list some of the many things I love about it.
1. ...the fact that it pays significant tribute to both 1981's landmark EVIL DEAD and 1987's absurdly creative EVIL DEAD II, in a number of interesting ways while also containing many great surprises of its own.…
It's been a Cronenberg family kind of day, what can I say?
How can a movie simultaneously be one of the most viscerally disturbing monster movies ever AND one of the most heartbreaking, tragic love stories of the 1980s? It's a rarity to find a movie that hits so squarely on all intended marks (scares, suspense, gross-out moments, special effects, emotional intensity...), but David Cronenberg's still-stunning remake of THE FLY (oh yeah, it's also one of the greatest remakes of…