DESPICABLE ME 2 (2013)
4 out of 5 stars
The sequel to the 2010 movie has created more crazies because everyone’s crazy about minions now. Anyway, in this sequel, Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to deal with a new criminal who has stolen a chemical compound that makes living things into indestructible monsters. Gru must work with Lucy, from the AVL, to find the chemical before it lands in the wrong hands.
Aren’t the minions super adorable? I believe the star of Despicable Me was Agnes, with her “it’s-so-fluffy-I’m-gonna-die!” love for stuffed unicorns. Agnes is still fiercely protective of her unicorns but the star of the show is now the brightly coloured minions! They are super cute as laboratory assistants, getaway drivers, housemaids and firemen. I can’t wait for the Minions movie next year!
Boy: How come you’re so fat?
Gru: Because my house is made out of candy, and sometimes, I eat instead of facing my problems!
THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars
Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton (Steve Carell and Steve Buscem) have been performing magic in Las Vegas for many years. Their sales are hurting due to stale performances and an up-and-coming street magician known as Steve Gray (Jim Carrey).
The reviews haven’t been kind but if there’s one thing I’ve taught myself – if you like it, watch it!
First of all, don’t their name sound magical? And I kinda love Steve Carell’s wig – it seems to have a life on its own. His character even wears spanx! I was giggling away when they performed to Abracadabra because it is so cheesy but the song is just so catchy! Jim Carrey may be have been the “new face of magic” but his aptly titled programme “Brain Rapist” describes his acts to a ‘T’. What I liked about this movie is that it brought the feeling of wonder and excitement that one experiences with magic. It’s all trickery but what matters is the execution and I felt Alan Arkin’s character really brought a nice touch to the movie. The final trick was pretty funny though I wished they didn’t show us HOW they did it so we can preserve that little bit of magic.
SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars
I nearly did not watch this movie because there were so little timings left and I’m so glad I did.
It’s a quirky dark comedy that takes place after an announcement that an asteroid will crash into Earth in three weeks’ time. Impulses run wild and people start to do things without thinking about consequences. Dodge (Steve Carell) meets his neighbour, Penny (Keira Knightley), while trying to comfort her because she missed the last flight back home. Dodge is eager to find his high school sweetheart while Penny wishes to be back in England. As they help to fulfill each others’ last wishes, the two form a bond that would not have been possible if the world wasn’t going to end.
Penny: I promise not to steal anything if you promise not to rape me.
Even though all mankind is about to die, there are still funny moments in this film. Media coverage is more honest (regarding traffic – “we are fucked”) and channels start to show “ESPN Classic” while magazines release their “Final Issue”. While Penny grabbed her favourite vinyl records before leaving her home, Dodge only had a letter and a dog. It makes me wonder what would I grab in such a situation…
As it’s near the end of the world, you realize that people behave without inhibitions and false pretenses. Steve Carell put in a really earnest performance as Dodge and I think I share some similarities with him – doesn’t mean the world is ending means everything has to end with a bang. But it’s really so lucky for both of them to find each other with so little time left because they really bring out each other’s hidden qualities.
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (2011)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
Jacob Palmer: I don’t know if I should help you or euthanize you.
Cast featuring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone? Of course I had to watch it.
Not to mention there’s Goslings’ “photoshopped” abs to ogle at. Seeing him in a comedy is a first and I love that he’s so smooth in this movie! One of the my favourite scenes was when Gosling takes Carell’s character shopping. The velcro-ed wallet was so old-school! And there’s that sauna scene.
It’s been a long time since I laughed so much, got charmed by the attractive cast and felt a fuzzy warm feeling at the end. One of the best romantic comedies in ages.
DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (2010)
– 2 and a half out of 5 stars
Dinner For Schmucks is loosely based on the French film Le Dîner de cons. In order to secure his promotion, Tim Conrad has to bring a person with “talent” to a dinner organized by his boss. He meets Barry by accident and decides to bring him to the dinner. However, Barry’s appearance turns Tim’s life upside down.
Barry is a really interesting character because he’s into mice taxidermy and arranges them into elaborate dioramas, such as the “Mousa Lisa”. However, he can be really irritating at times because he doesn’t think much. It’s not the funniest show with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in it but the final dinner scene is rather hilarious and the taxidermied mice are pretty cute.
DESPICABLE ME (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
OMG! Agnes is so adorable!
Super-villian Gru (Steve Carell) decides to become the greatest super-villian by stealing the moon until his plans were disrupted by Vector, the newest super-villian in town. He adopts three girls from the local orphanage – Margo, Edith and Agnes – in order to steal the shrink ray gadget from Vector’s. However, he didn’t expect they would make him a better man than he ever thought he would be.
Ooh, I have to say the minions are cute too! Especially when they dress up as “civilians”, make their signature “Awww” and engage in their operations when they help Gru. They behave like people but are much cuter. One of the nicer moments happens when Gru tells a bedtime story to the three girls and the book has finger puppets, with brush and milk included. Why didn’t I have such a cute storybook last time? Then I suppose the main pull factor would be Agnes! She has the best lines in the movie!
DATE NIGHT (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Date Night focuses on Phil and Claire Foster, a bored New Jersey couple going to the city to spice up their marriage. It goes awfully wrong when, unable to get seats at a uptown seafood restaurant, they take the reservations of a certain “Mr. and Mrs. Tripplehorns”. They get chased by two thugs, with hilarious results and end up getting help from Claire’s client, Holbrooke Grant, a hot and shirtless Mark Wahlberg. They end up in a wild car chase, meeting the real Tripplehorns and going to a strip club.
(There’s even a reference to Sixteen Candles!)
The movie is laugh-out-loud funny though you can’t really recall any funny lines – maybe “You just took our reservations? What kind of people are you?!” when they met up with the real Tripplehorns. You know stealing reservations is the least on their minds when they’re getting chased with guns. Steve Carell is funny as usual, barfing and his over-the-top expressions are just priceless. Especially his subtle signs of jealousy and envy whenever Mark “Shirtless” Wahlberg is around. Tiny Fey is funny too, because of the “laptop sticky thing” as well as her excellent chemistry with Steve Carell. These two should just make more movies together. 3 and a half out of 5 stars.
Last of all, please stay till the END of the credits – funnier outtakes awaits.