Franchise Weekend – Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Writer: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Sean Anders, John Morris, Bennett Yellin, Mike Cerrone (Screenplay)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom, Don Lake

 

Plot: Twenty years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.


Tagline – The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what he could do with 1%.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Embarrassing Sequel

 

Story: Dumb and Dumber To starts after the twenty years has passed, Lloyd (Carrey) has been playing a coma out for this time with Harry (Daniels) seeing him every week, when Lloyd ends the joke, we learn Harry needs a new kidney and discovers he has a long lost daughter, leading to the two going on another cross-country trip to locate her.

 

Thoughts on Dumb and Dumber To

 

Characters – Lloyd and Harry are both back, only twenty years older and still not on the intelligence level of the average person, strangely they do seem to be dumber than last time out. The mis-adventures continue for them and they cross the line in ways they never did before. We have the criminal characters who are not the most notorious of all them either.

PerformancesJim Carrey has gone off the radar now, he has lost his comic timing and this is showing how bad it has got, Jeff Daniels had built up a good reputation over the recent years, now he throws it out the window for this. The rest of the cast do the best they can with this terrible script.

StoryThis story follows similar paths to the previous film, the two must travel across the country to do deliver a package, we have a more serious idea behind the trip, but this gets swept under the rug as the forced terrible comedy tries to take over. This does try to keep the focus on the comedy duo which only drags everything down.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure side of the film is the glimpse of the highlight in the film as the comedy is the biggest miss in years.

SettingsThe settings are not important, we do get references to previous films which is fine, but otherwise nothing special.


Scene of the Movie –
End credits, because it is over.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The jokes are insulting this time around.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the worst movies I have seen in years, this forgets the heart of the first film and ends up being terrible experience.

 

Overall: Terrible is being nice.

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Zootropolis (2016)

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Plot: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

 

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Verdict: Safe Enjoyable Film

 

Story: Zootropolis starts as we meet a young Judy Hopps who cleverly tells the story of how all the animals live in peace before show how she wants to be the first bunny cop. Having achieved this Judy Hopps moves to Zootopia to start her career only to be left on parking duty by Chief Bogo even with 14 missing mammals cases open.

On her first day Judy learns the hard way not to trust anyone after running into Nick Wilde a hustler in the big city. Upsetting the Chief Judy finds herself searching for one of the missing mammals or losing her job and who she turns to is Nick. The further Judy gets into the case the deeper she gets into a bigger case going on in the city.

Zootropolis brings us what we expect to see from an animated film where we have a film that encourages you to follow your dreams, yes we have seen this plenty of time. The story following the odd couple trying to solve the case comes of very repetitive through the film with it just being here’s a clue here is another clue etc etc. As for this being a film just to enjoy it is fine because the jokes do come off working with the family getting plenty of jokes through the film.

 

Character Review

 

Judy Hopps: Judy is the first bunny cop in the city of Zootopia, she has always overcome the odds and her first day it is nothing different. Standing up for herself she takes a case against the Chief’s wishes only to be given an ultimatum but uncovering something bigger than any other case. Judy is a good strong Disney character but not the most original at that.judy

Nick Wilde: Nick is a hustler fox that clashes with Judy early on as he tries to teach her the harsh lessons in the city but ends up getting tricked back into helping Judy uncover where the missing mammals are going. Nick is a good character but I do feel it steals a lot from Fantastic Mr Fox.

Chief Bogo: Chief doesn’t like the idea that he has to have a bunny working in his police force, he keeps her on parking duty and forces her to quit if she doesn’t find a missing mammal in 48 hours. Chief Bogo is very typical authority character not bringing anything fresh to the genre.

Bellwether: Bellwether is the assistant mayor who is happy to help Judy as she is looking to help any of the fellow small mammals in the big city. Bellwether is good but yet again very generic.

Support Characters: Zootropolis has so very funny supporting characters that all poke fun at how we think the animals would act if they were in peace.

Director Review: Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Rich MooreThe trio do make a safe and enjoyable film that doesn’t challenge.

 

Action: Zootropolis has good animated action being used throughout the film.

Adventure: Zootropolis puts our two odd couple work really well in this animation.

Animation: Zootropolis is always going to get top marks on the animated side of the film because of who made it.

Comedy: Zootropolis has good laughs throughout and jokes the whole family will understand.

Family: Zootropolis is one the whole family can enjoy together.

Settings: Zootropolis has a clever spin on settings by having animals all living like humans in peace.

Suggestion: Zootropolis is one for the whole family to watch together. (Watch With The Family)

 

Best Part: Sloths.

Worst Part: Repetitive.

Favourite Quote: Chief Bogo ‘Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So let it go.’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Maybe.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Will most likely get nominated for Best Animated.

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: Welcome to the urban jungle.

 

Overall: Enjoyable animated film that has clever twist being used.

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