More review’s in a hurry. Check out my reviews of Step Up Revolution and The Watch. Did I like them? Did I hate them? Read on to find out!

 

Step Up Revolution

Starring: Jason Guzman, Kathryn McCormick, Peter Gallagher, Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Misha Gabriel

I wasn’t expecting much out of Step Up Revolution. I had never seen the first four, but was told it wasn’t necessary (and it wasn’t). The main reason I went to see this movie (besides the fact my friend dragged me to it), was Kathryn McCormick. She is the reason I both wanted, and didn’t want to see Step Up 4. First of all her acting in the trailer, is GOD AWFUL. Luckily, she wasn’t THAT bad in the movie. I mean, girl isn’t winning any Oscars or anything, but she wasn’t abysmal. Her dancing, on the other hand was incredible. I’ve admired this girl since her performance on So You Think You Can Dance, and if possible, her dance level has only increased as time has passed.

Step Up Revolution follows “The Mob” as they perform extravagant flash mobs in their quest for contest money for the highest number of viewers for an internet video. The Mob’s leader Sean (Ryan Guzman) gets caught up in a Romeo and Juliet scenario  with Emily (Kathryn McCormick), the daughter of a corporate mogul (Peter Gallagher) who wants to tear down the homes and businesses of The Mob’s family and rebuild it as a flashy hotel. This strikes up a “revolution” of sorts, pushing The Mob to perform out of protest rather than performance.

Though the acting wasn’t spectacular, you don’t go see a movie like Step Up Revolution for the dancing, like you don’t see Magic Mike for the storyline. The dancing and costumes were out of this world. I’m a sucker for So You Think You Can Dance so seeing dancers such as Twitch, Kathryn, Brandon, Billy Bell, Mia Michaels, Phillip Chbeeb, was a nice treat for me. If you’re a fan of the show, then you’ll enjoy this movie.

Rating: 2 ½ Stars.

 



The Watch

Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Johan Hill, Rosemarie Dewitt, Richard Ayoade, Will Forte

The Watch was everything I thought it would be, and more! It was…pretty bad…with a side of, not completely awful and I even managed to chuckle at a few parts. Mostly just because of the ridiculousness of it all, but that’s Ben Stiller for you.

This movie was a mess. Evan, a do-gooder in his community forms a Neighborhood Watch with three other guys when his friend is brutally murdered. They soon find out their town is being overcome with aliens. However, it seems Evan is the only one eager to destroy these aliens while outcasts Bob (Vince Vaughn), Franklin (Jonah Hill), and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) are more set on forming friendships.

Ben Stiller’s comedies (like Will Ferrell’s as well) seem to be more about inviting his friends along to do stupid things. Vaughn, Hill, and Stiller seemed to be playing mixed versions of other characters they’ve played, which makes their jokes, and tricks, and mannerisms seem tired and old, instead of funny. The plot was also super thin with plenty of holes in it. It also bounced around too many extremes: Funny, ridiculous, serious, gross, stupid, dramatic, I found brain getting distracted and trailing off on tangents. But this all could have been forgiven if the movie were funnier with better writing (See Bridesmaids, The first Hangover, Superbad).

Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

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