Four more movies in this second instalment. If you want to check out the first one, click here.
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
I know, I know. I must have been really desperate. I saw the first one and it didn’t strike me as horrible, so I thought maybe this one might have some merit. After all, it was advertised as a fun movie.
But my goodness, SATC2 was atrocious. Perhaps not as bad as some people say (ie worst movie of all time), but it was pretty awful. Basically, this was a self-indulgent 146 minutes of advertising for Abu Dhabi, product placement, and rather insulting jabs at Muslims (and especially Muslim women in the Middle East).
There was a paper thin plot somewhere in there, and I suppose the fans of the show will always be happy to see the foursome on screen together, but SATC2 really should be the last one. Please, enough is enough.
1.5 stars out of 5
Charlie St Cloud (2010)
This was a nasty little Zac Efron surprise. When I first saw the trailer, I thought it looked pretty good. A supernatural slant on a touching story about life and death. It may have seemed a little too ‘Nicholas Sparks’, but I loved The Notebook, so why not?
Anyway, despite the terrible reviews, I still decided to watch it. Perhaps it was the low expectations, but Charlie St Cloud didn’t strike me as one of the worst films of the year. It’s one of those stories that you can tell would have been pretty good as a book, but when translated to the screen, feels overly melodramatic and frankly, quite ridiculous. Mind you, I love ghost stories and I don’t mind feel-good, sappy dramas, but Charlie St Cloud stretched my latitude a little too far.
The film has brought comparisons with The Sixth Sense, but that’s not really fair. To me, it’s a little more Field of Dreams, but nowhere near as good.
While it’s watchable and not entirely uninteresting, Charlie St Cloud is probably only suitable Zac Efron fans.
2.25 stars out of 5
Grown Ups (2010)
I was really looking forward to this one, an all-star comedy starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Kevin James. But damn, this was one of my biggest disappointments of the year.
The intro was great — a bunch of little kids on a basketball team playing in a big game and spurred on by their enthusiastic coach. Fast forward 30 years and the coach has passed away, and the funeral serving as a catalyst for the old friends to reunite at some luxurious holiday cabin.
Was I expecting too much? Admittedly, I have been at least a minor fan of each of these comedians at some point in my life, but Grown Ups was a complete dud. Why? It wasn’t funny. The jokes were repetitve (which is I suppose a trademark of some of these comedians) and surprisingly mean spirited. I just couldn’t get past how mean they were. Granted, being mean can be hilarious, but here it only highlighted how obnoxious and unlikable the characters are.
And I don’t get what the deal is with recent Sandler movies always trying to put in some contrived family goodness/poignancy into his comedies these days. Here, it was a massive failure. They should have never tried. It just made the whole thing more uneven.
The only thing that prevented Grown Ups from being an epic disaster was the fact that my main man, Steve Buscemi, had a minor role in it — and as usual, he was brilliant. Apart from that, this movie sucked.
1.75 stars out of 5 (with half a star for Steve Buscemi)
I’m really on a roll here. Killers is promoted as an action comedy, and while there is decent action in it, there is very little comedy. Or should I say the attempts at comedy weren’t funny. Ashton Kutcher is some CIA assassin, and Katherin Heigl is his unsuspecting wife. Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara (the mother from Home Alone) are her parents.
Apart from being completely and outrageously unbelievable (which I could accept if the film took itself less seriously), Killers is extremely bland and formulaic. Kutcher is okay, but Heigl’s ditzy, flustered routine is really getting old. She’s very annoying.
I don’t blame it all on the direction of Robert Luketic, because the screenplay really lacks a punch. I didn’t hate this movie but I can’t think of anything to like about it either.
2 stars out of 5
Wow, I’ve really been watching some shit movies lately. Can’t believe Charlie St Cloud is the best film of the bunch. Nevertheless, there’s more to come. The next set will be better, I promise.