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I like Marvel movies, I do, but they tend to stick to a certain formula when making its origin movies, or really making any movies for that matter. That being said there’s this undeniable force behind the movies that keep bringing me back time and time again: The movies have the ability to seamlessly blend humor, wit, charm, action, and amazing special effects. And they are always impeccable with the casting.

Marvel’s
ANT MAN

Directed By: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale,
Judy Greer, Patrick Wilson, David Dastmalchian, Anthony Mackie

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So okay, the plot is a little iffy, the whole “rag-tag, Ocean’s 11, steal an important relic but not before a big training montage” has been done to death. And there are many looming plot problems that put the entire story line into question (but I won’t spoil it, lest it be like that time on Big Bang Theory when Amy ruined the entire plot of Indiana Jones for Sheldon). Plus there’s a complete lack of a big female presence thing, except for Evangeline Lily who is awesome, but could really use another woman to talk to.

However, despite all these things there is one big thing in Ant Man that makes the movie worth watching even if none of the rest interests you. No, it’s not Paul Rudd’s undeniable self-deprecating charm, it’s not the incredible attention to detail in the “shrinking” special effects (that bathtub scene is so awesome), nor is it the awesome action sequences such as Hawkeye and Ant-Man battling it out. The thing, or rather person that makes Ant-Man worth watching is Michael Peña.

Michael Peña plays Luis, Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) partner-in-crime friend. But Peña manages to take the terms “goofy sidekick” to a whole other level. Luis is full of joy, even if things are going absolutely terrible in his life. Perpetually stoned, everything that comes out of his mouth is hilarious. But the thing that works is that you don’t write Luis off as just a goof-ball, you genuinely like the dude. And that is the genius of Michael Peña. Luis is not just comic relief, he’s much more.

AAAGGHHH! The Latino actor reacts pretty much how everyone reacts when they see a bug on their shoulder

We have to remember Ant-Man is the origin movie. It’s the TV equivalent to a pilot meaning there is room to grow. Now that we know the characters, now that we know his backstory, we can be launched into some exciting adventures. I can’t wait to see Paul Rudd and Ant-Man integrated into the MCU, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers. Because we all know that the Marvel movies work best when all their characters are together.

Rating: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

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Anchorman 2 is incredibly stupid. There was a lot of yelling, and screaming, and none of it made sense. The characters were moronic and juvenile, some scenes were completely cringe-worthy, and Ron’s son had no acting ability whatsoever. That being said, it’s been a long time since I have laughed that hard at a movie. And I laughed and laughed and laughed.

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Directed By: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, James Marsden, Meagan Goode

Premise: Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), now married to Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), leaves his wife and young son when he is fired from his job, and Veronica is promoted. After going on a downward spiral, an opportunity to report the news for a 24 hour news station, GNN, arises and Ron reunites the old gang in hopes of regaining his San Diego fame on a National level.

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My Review: I am not that big of a fan of movies that use crude humor like vomiting, throwing up, farting, irritable bowel movements, fat jokes…I rarely find them funny. But apparently I like movies where adults act like children, people think they are dead, children play with sharks, celebrities play with weapons, and the so-handsome-it-is-ridiculous James Marsden calls himself lame.

The first Anchorman is probably in my Top 5 favorite comedies of all time. While, Anchorman 2 isn’t nearly as good, it is still pretty damn funny. Ron is up to his same self-involved antics only now he’s a father and a husband…sort of. The genius behind Anchorman is that each character takes themselves SO seriously. They are really serious about who they are as people no matter what ridiculous thing they are doing or feeling. Yet despite their serious faults, you still love them and root for them.

Sure some of the stunts are gimmicky, but at the same time it give you images you never knew you wanted to see, but somehow knew you just needed to see it. And boy is it satisfying. I mean seriously, who doesn’t want to see famous actors wielding sharp weapons?…And a ghost?…AND a minotaur? Only a movie like this can pull that off and still “stay classy.” Only a movie like this could a character as clueless as Brick Tamland and make you feel for him. Brick isn’t an idiot, he’s just a few pieces short of a puzzle. He’s just so loveable, and adding Kristin Wiig, to Steve Carrell’s insanity is just good entertainment. I could probably watch an entire movie about Brick and Chani. Only a movie like this could take an unfunny joke, make it funny, make it unfunny again, then make you laugh out loud and well…that’s kind of a big deal.

 

Rating: B+

[Note: I’ve decided to switch to a letter grading system. This is the first article implementing that change.]

 

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Some of my Favorite Anchorman 2 Quotes

“I’m laughing like a ventriloquist dummy!” Then…that laugh.

“Suicide makes you hungry. I don’t care what anybody says.”

“I can always guess how many jellybeans are in a jellybean jar, even if I’m wrong.”

“93! 93!”

“Pull yourself together man, you sound like a balloon!”

 

 

 

This is 40

Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Chris Dowd, Albert Brooks, Melissa McCarthy.

Premise: This is 40, is what happens after you get “Knocked Up.” It’s the story about Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) and their trials and tribulations as a married couple. It’s also proof that no matter how old you get, you can still have growing pains.

My Review: Let me just tell you this right now. I’m not a big Judd Apatow fan. I did not like Knocked Up and I’m still waiting for my $12 refund from Apatow for the monstrosity that was Funny People. The biggest thing that annoys me about him is the fact that his movies are marketed as comedies, when a lot of them not. Had I know Funny People wasn’t going to be funny, I would not have watched it. Had I known Five Year Engagement wasn’t going to be a comedy, I would haveprobably enjoyed it a lot more. The only thing of his, I absolutely adore is Anchorman, and thank goodness he didn’t direct that. But all that being said, I actually enjoyed This is 40 a lot more than I thought I would. Probably because, I was prepared to hate it.

I’m not that big of a Leslie Mann family. Honestly, I think her husband writes her characters as whiney and neurotic which comes off, well, annoying. Is that maybe because that’s just how she is in real life and he’s writing what he knows? Yes, Debbie is 40, but she still looks AMAZING. Those scenes where she’s lamenting over Desi’s (Megan Fox) body come off a bit unrealistic. Yes, Megan Fox has an amazing body, but I am pretty sure she is an alien (who gains only 10 pounds of baby weight?). However, I would KILL for a body like Debbie’s. I would love to look like her when I’m forty, but it would take a lot of work. For starter’s I’m Asian. But Mann has great chemistry with Rudd, who can always find a way to be charming, even when his character is dead wrong. Rudd is one of those guys who can dance like no one’s watching even though everyone is watching.

What I liked best about This is 40, was the fact that it was brutally honest, showing not just the happy shiny perks of being married with kids, but also the cold, harsh, reality of holding everything together even when you think you can’t. It shows the truth about loving someone so much sometimes you just want to kill them…loud and painfully. But most of all, it showed me that despite how scary it all seems. I can’t wait to have that.

 

Rating: 3 ½ stars.

 

PS: Stay for a hilarious blooper at the end!

PPS: Why does Leslie Mann look like Kate Beckinsdale in all the posters? Is it just me?

 

 

 

 

To say that I fell in love with this movie is an understatement. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a diamond in the rough and manages to put into words what it’s truly like finding a place to belong.

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Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd, Joan Cusack

Premise:  Charlie is a kid with an incredibly troubled past. He’s starting high school with the pressure from his parents to make new friends and fit in, but Charlie isn’t having much luck. He’s a quiet, smart kid which in high school is interpreted as weird and a loser. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is Charlie’s story of how he maneuvered through the high’s and lows of his first year of high school. He befriends a quirky group of seniors and learns about love and heartbreak and ultimate friendships.

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My Review: This day in age, it’s cool to be uncool. People choose to dress quirky, be “different”,  be an outcast, be a hipster, be nerdy, just like everyone else. But there’s a big difference between choosing to be an outcast and actually being an outcast. Being an outcast is painful both physically and emotionally and what frustrates me is that movies or shows glamorize the pain as something cool. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a movie about what it’s truly like to being an outsider trying to find a place to belong.

I don’t think I’ve ever let a movie affect me so deeply. And that has to do with the perfect performances of Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson. Logan Lerman is a good-looking kid so it’s hard to believe someone so adorable could be seen as an outcast, but Lerman plays Charlie with just the right amount of insecurity and shyness. Charlie is adorable, but highly flawed. He wears his heart on his sleeve and it’s these facts that sets the movie in reality instead of nostalgia. Emma Watson was as lovely as ever, playing Sam with this effervescent glow. It was nice to see her in a different role than Hermonie. Watson was somehow the mysterious beautiful girl just out of reach and the girl next door all at the same time.  But the real stand-out to this movie was Ezra Miller who played Patrick. I am convinced that if Patrick were real he and I would be best friends. Patrick is a spirited gay high school student with a closeted popular boyfriend. He hides his insecurity and sorrow behind his eccentricities and the attitude that everything is okay. He really is a marvel to watch and his pitch-perfect performance is a constant scene stealer.

For any person who has struggled for a place to belong, this movie will hit home. It will affect each person differently depending on your experiences. And for some people (me) you’ll find it hard to hold yourself together throughout the movie, just as the characters do. The movie was utterly relatable. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is an instant classic, putting all the flashy tricks and gadgets away for spectacular performances and chemistry between the cast. And depending on your experiences growing up this movie will hit hard with the pains of growing up. This is a must-see movie.

 

Rating: 4 ½ (out of 5)