Michael Shannon’s performance is really the only thing worth watching in this film, and it is beyond brilliant. If I wasn’t excited about seeing the Man of Steel before seeing The Iceman, I definitely am now after watching Shannon in this movie. It’s not a bad film, but it is a bit dull, which is surprising given the source material. It is perhaps classic biopic fare, with its straightforward this-is-what-happened story telling style, however if you’ve seen the documentary on Richard Kuklinski or read Philip Carlo’s biography, then you’ll likely be disappointed. The cameo appearances from Chris Evans, Stephen Dorff, David Schwimmer and James Franco are interesting, but ultimately can’t save this film from dully plodding towards the inevitable conclusion.
Meh. They caught me on a brilliant marketing effort and the Hangover brand, and then proceeded to deliver something mediocre. All the elements that made the first Hangover absolutely brilliant are noticeably absent in this latest installment. It just felt like a really lazy effort and yet another money grab. Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper look disinterested during most of the movie, ultimately mailing in their performances. I loved Zach Galifianakis in the first movie, but not this time around – he was just not funny at all. The good? Ken Jeong and John Goodman delivered solid performances, Ken in particular in an expanded role for Chow. I don’t condone streaming movies for free over the internet, but in this case I think it’s a better option than paying good money to see it in a Theatre. Save your cash for a second viewing of Star Trek: Into Darkness instead.
I think this sums it up – it’s a good movie which is worth seeing, but I’d save it for a lazy Sunday afternoon at home versus seeing it in a Theatre. Is this movie like Huckleberry Finn? No, but I can see that this seminal work from Mark Twain did inspire/inform the filmmakers who made this movie. If you as a moviegoer are more interested in watching stuff get “blowed up real good”, then this film isn’t for you. It isn’t an art house film, but I feel like the moviegoer really needs to be a film lover to be able to enjoy it and savor all of the messages embedded within the storyline. That being said, the performances by the actors are brilliant, Matthew McConaughey in particular. This film, however, is just not as engaging as a “Stand By Me”, for example, and therefore it doesn’t fall into the Must See category for me.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Let me preface this review by saying I am not a Trekkie, watched very few episodes from the various Star Trek series on TV and didn’t care for the movies that were made prior to the J. J. Abrams reboot in 2009. So, I have no vested interest in what came before, I really just wanted to see a sequel which was as good if not better than the first one. And this movie delivers just that. It really is an amazing film with depth of story and shades of grey throughout the various plotlines. The performances by the actors are very good, with the exception of Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch who are absolutely brilliant. If you’ve seen the trailer then you know that there are special effects galore, so no surprises there. My only disappointment was not seeing more of the extended crew as this film focuses very closely on the developing friendship between Spock and Kirk, but meh, it’s a minor complaint considering how much I enjoyed this film. This is the kind of movie that Iron Man 3 wishes it could have been.