ABC Film Challenge – Crime – F – Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

Director: Dean Parisot

Writer: Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller (Screenplay) Gerald Gaiser, Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller (Story)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins, Angie Harmon, John Michael Higgins

 

Plot: When an affluent couple lose all their money following a series of blunders, they turn to a life of crime to make ends meet.


Tagline – Giving Big Businesses a Run For Their Money!

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Comedy Lacking That Spark

 

Story: Fun with Dick and Jane starts as we meet Dick (Carrey) who is about to get a promotion to vice president of the company he has worked for, for year. The problem comes that this promotion is designed to put the blame on the company’s problems on him instead of the men who really are involved, Jack (Baldwin) and Frank (Jenkins).

Dick loses his job and his wife Jane (Leoni) has quit her job, the two struggle to find new jobs and before long they are facing being evicted, which turns them to a life of crime to save their home.

 

Thoughts on Fun with Dick and Jane

 

Characters – Dick has been working for a company for his whole working career, he has been waiting for a chance to get to the next step which he gets only to see himself become the fall guy, making him unemployable in the field. He can’t get a job anywhere and out of pure desperation he turns to a life a crime to support his family. Jane is the wife of Dick who quits her job with his new promotion and can’t get a new job, she believes in Dick and ends up teaming up with Dick to commit crime. Jack and Frank are the CEOs that have taken advantage of Dick to get away clean after their illegal trading.

PerformancesJim Carrey gets to play into the full energy comedy that he is known for here, this isn’t the best he has given, but his fans will enjoy what he does, Tea Leoni does struggle with comedy and it is clear to see because she just doesn’t work with Carrey’s comedy. Alec Baldwin and Richard Jenkins get to enjoy their roles in the film playing into what they could be for these real people.

StoryThe story follows a couple that are forced into a life of crime after losing everything when a business they are employed with gets closed down with the CEOs leaving the employees broke. This is a remake which has been bought into the modern era of greedy businessman who have taken advantage of their employees only to be left nothing. The story does seem to be going in fast forward with the crime montage flashing over what is happening. This does have a good outcome for everyone involved, but just doesn’t engage for the audience.

Comedy/CrimeThe comedy in the film mostly revolves around Jim Carrey bringing in his routine which is enjoyed by people who are fans of his work, the crime side of the film shows just how CEOs can try and get away with things and how one couple looks to crime to survive.

SettingsThe film doesn’t give us any settings which feel overly iconic which the film could have had to make us become more invested in what is happening.


Scene of the Movie –
The first robbery.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Crime montage.

Final ThoughtsThis is a by the book crime comedy that skips over too much of the interesting material only to leave us feeling like we blinked and missed too much.

 

Overall: Basic crime comedy.

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Franchise Weekend – RED 2 (2013)

casting carrdDirector: Dean Parisot

Writer: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber (Screenplay) Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner (Graphic Novel)

Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hun Lee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Neal McDonough, David Thewlis

 

Plot: Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Sequel

 

Story: RED 2 starts as we follow the now couple Frank Moses (Willis) and Sarah (Parker) as Frank desperately tries play house while Sarah wants adventure when Marvin (Malkovich) returns to their lives. When Marvin fakes his death once more he learns that himself and Frank are being framed for a mission they were never part of, these leads to the adventure Sarah and Frank need to rekindle their relationship.

When Jack Horton (McDonough) recruits a former friend Han Cho Bai (Lee) to take him out to clean up the mess we see the governments of the world working to retrieve the information before any other countries do which brings back Victoria (Mirren). We also have Russian agent Katja (Jones) as they search for a guy called The Frog (Thewlis) who will lead them to the answers.

RED 2 is an improvement on the original because we are now taking on the developed characters from the first film, we know they had missions before retiring which throws us straight into the new mission. On the negative we do feel like we are repeating the same elements we saw in the first film. This is again just an easy film to follow that can be enjoyed.

 

Actor Review

 

Bruce Willis: Frank is now trying to play house and live a normal life with Sarah when the past he still tries to escape catches up with. Frank must go on another mission with Marvin with Sarah tagging along with an ex-girlfriend getting in the way he must uncover the truth about a secret mission he went on. Bruce seems to come off slightly stronger in this performance unlike his last outing.

John Malkovich: Marvin is the first one to suspect something going on and his paranoia doesn’t help along the way. He tries to be there for Frank whether he needs advice about his relationship and is always good for weapon of choice. John continues to be the funniest part of the film.

Mary-Louise Parker: Sarah is the girlfriend of Frank who is looking for the adventure that sparked their relationship in the first place. When Marvin turns up she jumps at the chance to go on this latest mission but this time she has to deal with a rival woman from Frank’s past. Mary-Louise is good in this role that does add another dimension to her character.

Helen Mirren: Victoria is the MI6 agent that works with Frank to find the truth which does include turning her back on her own country. Helen is good with her parts but we don’t see her enough compared to the first film.

Support Cast: RED 2 has a big supporting cast with well-known names in the business including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Byung-hun Lee who all bring great addition to the sequel to show just how many added characters could be put into this story.

Director Review: Dean ParisotDean adds a lot to this crime comedy where we do get a much more enjoyable movie all around.

 

Action: RED 2 has good action going on throughout with one way over the top shoot out destroying a street of cars.

Comedy: RED 2 does have added comedy this time with the idea that Sarah gets jealous of Frank’s ex-girlfriend while Malkovich still steals the scenes.

Crime: RED 2 does bring us into a string of different law enforcements trying to take down Frank because of the crimes he might have committed.

Settings: RED 2 takes us around Europe for the settings which all work t make the story more engrossing.
Special Effects
: RED 2 has good special effects to show us just how to make action work without turning to them too often.

Suggestion: RED 2 is one that I think people will enjoy but I do think you have to watch through the first one. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Malkovich still shines.

Worst Part: The way the story unfolds feels like we have see it before.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $84 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Million

Tagline: The best never rest.

 

Overall: Very enjoyable sequel that shows this was going in the right direction.

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Galaxy Quest (1999)

galaxyDirector: Dean Parisot

Writer: David Howard, Robert Gordon (Screenplay) David Howard (Story)

Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Robin Sachs, Patrick Breen

 

Plot: The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Perfect Parody

 

Story: Galaxy Quest starts as we see a cult television crew of Galaxy Quest Jason Nesmith (Allen), Gwen DeMarco (Weaver), Alexander Dane (Rickman), Frew Kwan (Shalhoub) and Tommy Webber (Mitchell) at a convention in their name hosted by fan Guy Fleegman (Rockwell). We see how the actors have never really made too much of their career since the show and the tension between them is clear. At the show Jason finally learns the truth on what fans see of him but everything is going to change when Mathesar (Colantoni) approaches him for help.

The cast find themselves being taken on board of a real spaceship by Mathesar to help them fight Sarris (Sachs) who has been trying to take over their people and they see the cast as real space fighter that conquer all enemies. The washed up actors have to step up and fight in the battle in an adventure they never thought they would have.team

Galaxy Quest manages to give us something many films have tried and failed to achieve and that is taking a fan favourite franchise and parodying it. We get a clear copy of Star Trek with the campy space adventure that is Galaxy Quest even with the built in tension between the actors which we know was around during the convention scene. Putting actors in the middle of space battle works because we know they are out of their depth but having nearly all of the actors feeling washed up works for this because we know how certain shows have always been the main fame for certain actors. This is filled with laughs, adventure and entertainment.

 

Actor Review

 

Tim Allen: Jason Nesmith is the actor who played Commander Taggart on the television show Galaxy Quest, he is the most famous of the cast always putting himself before the rest of the cast. Jason is clearly based on William Shatner and Captain Kirk and his over the top nature. Tim is great in this role working perfectly for the role.jason

Sigourney Weaver: Gwen DeMarco is the female leading actor of the show that really was only in the show to have sex appeal, she never realised this until the is on the adventure but has always had chemistry with Jason. Sigourney has great fun with this role where she pokes fun at being a sex symbol in the sci-fi world even at an older age at the time of this release.weaver

Alan Rickman: Alexander Dane is a British actor who has always felt like he was meant to for more in the acting world instead of the cheese sci-fi world. He has always disagreed with Jason due to his belief he has stolen the spotlight and is a copy of Spook. Alan is great in this role perfectly fitting the British actor in films that won’t get awards.rickman

Tony Shalhoub: Fred Kwan is an actor from the show who always seem to be out there, he comes off very distant to the rest of the cast and has to use the technical side of his character in the show skills. Tony is good in this role where he ends up getting laughs without doing much.

Support Cast: Galaxy Quest has a big supporting cast that all work for where the story is going with Sam Rockwell really showing his comedy levels.

Director Review: Dean ParisotDean nails the comedy parody adventure perfectly with his direction.

 

Adventure: Galaxy Quest puts our actors into an adventure they never thought they would end up in.

Comedy: Galaxy Quest has laughs in nearly every single scene poking fun at the Star Trek world.

Sci-Fi: Galaxy Quest puts our actors in the middle of a sci-fi adventure like the fictional world they have been working in.

Settings: Galaxy Quest uses the sci-fi settings perfectly to show where the characters end up going, be it the ship recreation, the planets they visit or the comic con the actors are part of.
Special Effects
: Galaxy Quest has special effects that still feel fresh to this day with the creation of the alien species.

Suggestion: Galaxy Quest is one that I feel everyone should have watched at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part:  The landing.

Worst Part: I would imagine the die-hard Star Trek fans might not like it.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: Never give up, never surrender!

Trivia: Tim Allen admitted that he was quite star-struck when he met Sigourney Weaver, as he’s a huge fan of Alien (1979). Allen even got Weaver to sign some of his Alien memorabilia between takes.

 

Overall: Brilliant parody that has laughs in every single scene as well as a serious side when needed.

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