Today I’m going to try something a little different. I’ve been wanting to do a car vlog of sorts where I talk about my expectations of the film on the way to the theater, and then give my initial impression of the film on the way back.
So with my Sony Mini-DV camcorder and two strips of velcro, here’s my review:
After Talladega Nights (2006), which was a pretty good comedy, director Adam McKay once again teams up with actors Will Ferrell and John C. Reilley for another comedy.
The premise? Two adult ‘man-childs’ who have to learn to get along when they become step brothers. It’s as simple as that.
Step Brothers is definitely a comedy, but as I mentioned in the video, it also succeeds fairly well at being serious, mainly towards the end of the film. There have been other films that have tried this jump in mood, like Click, but it was too much of a drastic switch in my opinion. With Step Brothers the transition between these two moods works and blends together well.
Reilley and Ferrell do a good job acting like idiot kids, from the way they carry themselves physically to the way that they deliver their inane dialogue.
It was great seeing Mary Steenburgen again. I wil always remember her as Clara Clayton from Back to the Future III. And while I love Richard Jenkins (watch The Visitor if you get the chance!) it was…unsettling (?) to see him as a swearing figure. Maybe it was just a shock from watching The Visitor recently.🙂
The theater experience was quite good as well. It was a Saturday afternoon matinee, so there weren’t many of the textmessaginggigglingtalking teens there. I was surprised to discover that the 50+ crowd dominated this time around. Interesting.
(BTW, if anyone has any car-vlogging tips let me know)
In others news, I have chosen to watch Cutthroat Island as my entry for the blog-a-thon. I’ve listened to the music, which I loved, and have seen it in the WalMart $5 bin repeatedly.
EDIT: I’m not doing the live-blog after all.
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